Bryant Rallies to Upend Brown, Win Ocean State Cup

The save gave Bryant back possession of the ball, and the home side would hold on tight until the final whistle. It was the Bulldogs' biggest comeback for a win this season.

"You look at the context of the game," said Pressler. "We gave up, in my opinion, four pretty soft goals and spotted them a four-goal lead just 11 minutes into the game. But after we got on the board, we started to settle down and we got those two goals before the half to get the momentum.

"But for us to come back in the third quarter is something we haven't done all season," Pressler continued, "and for us to go out and win the third quarter and then come back and take the lead in the fourth that is something we haven't done, or even come close to doing, and that was the difference for us today."

Freshman Colin Dunster (Cos Cob, Conn.) recorded his first collegiate goal in the contest, getting Bryant its first score of the night with 2:33 to play in the first. He was one of six Bulldog scorers, while Weisenberg's four points were a game best. Poli collected five ground balls and three key caused turnovers in the outing to compliment his tally, while senior defenseman Ryan Mahoney (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) played his best game of the season, picking up a game-high six ground balls.

"Mason Poli and Max Weisenberg, in particular, made plays in transition situations when we needed it," said Pressler. "That was the key of the game for us. Those were the kind of points we needed to win a huge instate rivalry game."

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday, when they resume Northeast Conference play and travel to Staten Island for a 2:00 p.m. matchup against Wagner College.

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Smithfield, Rhode Island Bryant rallied from a 5-1 second quarter deficit to earn an 8-7 non-league win over Brown Tuesday evening. The loss drops the Bears to 3-6 overall, while Bryant extends its record to 4-6 overall

With the score tied, 6-6, Bryant's Max Weisenberg scored consecutive fourth quarter goals to lift the Bulldogs to their first lead of the game, 8-6, with 5:31 remaining to play. Brown senior David Hawley got the Bears back into the game with his first goal of the contest with 4:37 left to play.

The Bears had a chance to tie the game with a minute remaining, but George Sherman's (Greenwich, CT) point blank shot was stopped by Bryant goalie Jamison Love on the Bears' last scoring opportunity of the game.

Brown got on the scoreboard first when Parker Brown (San Francisco, CA) took a pass from George Sherman just 44 seconds into the game. Senior Teddy Daiber (Rye, NY) scored consecutive goals to give the Bears a 3-0 lead with 8:07 left in the first quarter.

Brown midfielder Rob Schlesinger (Medfield, MA) lifted the Bears to a 4-0 advantage at the 3:59 mark of the quarter.

Bryant got its first goal when Colin Dunster found the back of the net to cut Brown's lead to 4-1 after one quarter.

Sophomore Alex Jones (Annapolis, MD) scored early in the second quarter to lift the Bears to their biggest lead, 5-1. But the Bulldogs answered with consecutive goals by Dan Sipperly and Travis Harrington to cut Brown's halftime lead to 5-3.

Bryant drew to within a goal of the Bears, 5-4, early in the third quarter, but Johnny DePeters (Woodbury, CT) put the Bears back by two scores, 6-4, just two minutes later.

The momentum turned in Bryant's favor with a goal at the end of the third quarter and a score by Peter McMahon to tie the score, 6-6, in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter.

Senior goalie Matt Chriss (Lutherville, MD), who ranks second in the nation in save percentage, was outstanding once again in the Brown goal, keeping the Bears in the game while facing a barrage of 34 shots. Chris finished with 10 saves, including eight in the first half.

Daiber's two goals led the Brown scorers, while Sherman added three assists.

Brown returns to Ivy League action on Saturday, April 9, hosting Penn at Stevenson Field. Game time is 1:00 p.m.

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