Brown Outlasts Stony Brook in 30-Goal Game
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – It was the first ever meeting between Brown and Stony Brook. The way this one went, could they find time to do it again?
Brown's starting attack of junior Dylan Molloy, senior Henry Blynn and senior Kylor Bellistri, along with senior midfielder Brendan Caputo scored three goals each to lead the ninth-ranked Bears to a 16-14 high-scoring affair win over No. 19 Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium.
The Bears improve to 2-0 overall, while Stony Brook (2-1) suffered its first loss.
Molloy, the nation's leading scorer a year ago, added six assists for a nine-point game, while Caputo and Bellistri added one assist each.
Brown senior goalie Jack Kelly was spectacular throughout the hard-fought game, making 20 saves, and Will Gural captured 20 of the 20 faceoffs he took, and sophomore Ted Ottens won 3-of-3 for a 23-for-33 advantage.
Five Brown goals were scored within 30 seconds of a Stony Brook tally.
The Seawolves were led by Matt Schultz, who scored a game high four goals and handed out three assists. Alex Corpolongo posted a hat-trick with three goals, while adding an assist. Challen Rogers added two goals and two assists. Brody Eastwood recorded no points and only took two shots.
Zach Oliveri started the game in goal for Stony Brook and made seven saves, while allowing 10 goals. Brad Maciejewski came in for the second half and made nine saves.
The opening 15 minutes was played at a frenetic pace with the Bears holding a 5-4 lead behind a goal by Caputo, two goals by Bellistri, another by senior Blynn and one by Molloy.
Kelly was responsible for keeping the Bears in the lead with seven first quarter saves.
Brown goalie Jack Kelly finished with 20 saves and made seven in the first quarter of Saturday's high-scoring affair. (Greg Shemitz)
Both teams settled down and Brown took charge in the second quarter, but not before Stony Brook tied the game, 5-5, on a goal by Matt Robinson at 11:51.
Consecutive goals by sophomore Jake Miller and senior Bailey Tills lifted the Bears to a 7-5 advantage, before Schultz drew the Seawolves to within one goal, 7-6.
Brown scored three of the next four goals, with Molloy, Blynn and Caputo finding the back of the net, to grab a 10-7 lead at intermission.
The Bears cruised to a 13-9 lead after three quarters on goals by Matt Graham, Molloy and Blynn.
Stony Brook came storming back in the fourth quarter with two quick goals by Ryan Bitzer and Challen Rogers with 12:54 left to play to pull the Seawolves to within 13-11. Junior Alex Tulett gave the Bears some breathing room 13 seconds later, scoring to give the Bears a 14-11 lead.
The Seawolves pulled to within one goal, 14-13, after consecutive goals by Chris Hughes and Corpolongo at the 6:55 mark of the final quarter.
But Gural won the ensuing faceoff for the Bears and Bellistri blasted a goal from 10-yards out to put the Bears back up by two goals, 15-13, with 6:27 remaining. Caputo's third goal of the game gave Brown a 16-13 lead with 3:23 left on the clock.
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