Complete Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The second to last weekend of Ivy play featured two one-goal games, some last-second heroics and one major upset as Brown knocked off third-ranked Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., by the score of 10-9.
With four seconds to play and the scored tied at 9-9, Brown’s Sam Hurster scored on a feed from Parker Brown to secure the win, which snapped Cornell’s national-best 15-game home win streak. The Bears also halted Cornell’s 11-game regular season League win streak, as the Big Red last dropped an Ivy game on April 24, 2010 (also to Brown, 14-8).
Princeton and Dartmouth were the other League victors on Saturday. The Tigers clinched at least a share of the program’s 26th Ivy League title with a 12-5 win at Harvard, while the Big Green’s victory over Penn, 7-6, dashed the Quakers’ remaining Ivy tournament hopes.
The results set up a final weekend that will feature a Princeton-Cornell showdown for the top seed and the right to host the 2012 Ivy League Tournament. A win by the Tigers would also give them the outright League title, while a win by the Big Red would mean the squads would be named Co-Ivy League Champions, and the Big Red would move back ahead of Princeton in the all-time League championship count (27 to 26). The pivotal game will be played on April 28 Princeton’s Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium at 7:00 p.m. and it will be televised live on ESPNU.
With its win at Cornell, Brown also stayed in the Ivy Tournament hunt. At 2-3, the Bears would claim the fourth seed with a win next weekend over Dartmouth coupled with a Harvard loss at Yale.
The Crimson still controls its own destiny, as a victory at Yale would propel it to the No. 3 seed. If both Brown and Harvard were to win (making each team 3-3 on the Ivy season), the Crimson would advance to the Ivy Tournament by virtue of its win over Brown (10-9 in overtime on March 17).
Finally, wins by both Dartmouth and Yale would see the Crimson advance as the Ivy Tournament’s No. 4 seed because it would have a 2-0 record versus the other 2-4 teams in this scenario (Dartmouth and Brown).
Yale, which had the League bye last week, pushed its win streak to six games with victories at Stony Brook (10-9, ot) and versus Bryant (11-10, 2ot). The Bulldogs have now played in seven overtime stanzas over their last three games.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown sophomore attackman Sam Hurster (St. Louis) led the Bears to a 2-0 record last week, including an 11-6 win over cross-town rival Providence and a last-second win at third-ranked Cornell, 10-9. Against the Big Red, Hurster – who had two goals and an assist earlier in the game – finished a pass from Parker Brown to seal the Bears’ upset win as his third goal of the game was scored with four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The goal kept Brown's Ivy Tournament hopes alive entering the final weekend of play. For the week, Hurster scored six goals and added a pair of assists for eight points.
Hurster has been on a tear as of late, registering a hat trick in each of Brown's last five games. He is Brown's top scorer with 27 goals on the season and he becomes the Bears' first Ivy League Player of the Week since Brown earned the honor on May 2, 2011.
2 GP, 6G, 2A, 8 Pts., 5 GB, 17 Shots, .353 shooting%
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman attackman Nick Piroli (Black River, N.Y.) was another major reason the Bears went 2-0 last week and kept their Ivy Tournament hopes alive. The now four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week netted three goals in two wins, including two goals on just three shots at third-ranked Cornell. It marks Piroli’s first outright Rookie of the Week honor, as he shared the award the previous three times he earned it (Feb. 27, March 26 and April 9).
2 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 1 GB, 6 Shots, .500 shooting%
Fergus Campbell, Dartmouth (Sr., G – New Canaan, Conn.)
1GP, 1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 6 GA, 6.00 GAA, 9 Svs., 60.0 Sv.%, 1-0
John Conneely, Penn (Sr., N/A - Dix Hills, N.Y.)
2GP, 3G, 4A, 7 Pts., 2 GB, 15 Shots, .200 shooting%
Gregory Mahony, Yale (Sr., M - Mercer Island, Wash.)
2GP, 6G, 6 Pts., 3 GB, 13 Shots, .462 shooting%
Joe McCallion, Penn (Fr., N/A - Narberth, Pa.)
2GP, 4 GB, 1 CT, 1 Shot, 14-for-19 on faceoffs
Keegan Michel, Harvard (Fr., M - Westminster, Md.)
1GP, 4 GB, 1 Shot, 12-for-16 on faceoffs
Kip Orban, Princeton (Fr., M - Staples, Conn.)
1GP, 2G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, .667 shooting%
Chad Wiedmaier, Princeton (Sr., D - Chatham, N.J.)
1GP, 1A, 1 Pt., 7 GB, 3 CT
Max Van Bourgondien, Cornell (Jr., M - New York, N.Y.)
1GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 3 GB, 8 Shots, .375 shooting%
Tuesday, April 24
Dartmouth at Vermont, 4 p.m.
Friday, April 27
1 - Penn vs. Virginia, 7:30 p.m. [ESPN3]
Saturday, April 28
*Harvard at Yale, 2 p.m.
*Dartmouth at Brown, 3 p.m.
*Cornell at Princeton, 7 p.m. [ESPNU]
Tuesday, May 1
Holy Cross at Dartmouth, 3 p.m.
Friday, May 4
2 - Semifinal One, TBA [ESPN3]
2 - Semifinal Two, TBA [ESPN3]
Sunday, May 6
2 - Championship, TBA [ESPNU]
* - Ivy League contest.
(X/Y) - X refers to national ranking in the Inside Lacrosse Poll and Y refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll.
1 - Mile High Classic at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
2 - Ivy League Tournament (at No. 1 seed)