Brown Edged by Bryant in Ocean State Cup Game

Providence, RI - For the second straight year, Brown and #19 Bryant battled down to the final whistle in a one-goal game. Unfortunately, Brown was unable to overcome a three-goal third quarter deficit and fell to the Bulldogs, 10-9, Tuesday evening at Stevenson Field.

The win gave Bryant its seventh straight win and an 8-2 overall record, while Brown fell to 3-6 with its third one-goal loss of the season.

Trailing 9-6 with 7:46 left in the third quarter, Brown mounted a late rally, getting goals from junior defenseman Sam Ford with 7:18 left in the quarter, and sophomore Sam Hurster with11:01 left in the fourth quarter, to cut Bryant's lead to 9-8.

Dan Sipperly gave Bryant a two-goal advantage, 10-8, with 3:46 remaining, but Brown senior Rob Schlesinger got the Bears back into the game with his first goal of the game, cutting Bryant's lead to 10-9.

Brown lost the ensuing face-off, but freshman Nick Weeden forced a Bryant turnover to give the Bears a final opportunity. Freshman Nick Piroli had a shot on goal that was saved by Bryant's Jameson Love with 22 seconds remaining. A Bryant penalty gave Brown the ball back and an extra man advantage for the game's final moments. Schlesinger had one last opportunity with two seconds remaining, but his shot sailed wide.

The difference in the game came in the face-off x, where Bryant's Kevin Massa captured 17 of 22 face-offs, including 16 consecutive face-offs in the middle of the game. Brown sophomore Tommy Capone turned in a heroic performance for the Bears, capturing 5 of 9 face-offs, despite being limited due to injury.

Hurster led the Bears with three goals and an assist. Schlesinger, senior Parker Brown, junior George Sherman, junior Johnny DePeters and Piroli each scored a goal for the Bears.

Sipperly and Brian Schlansker each scored two goals to lead Bryant.

Bears' sophomore Will Round made 16 saves in goal, while Love had 14 saves for the Bulldogs.

Brown travels to Philadelphia, PA to face the Penn Quakers on Saturday, April 7. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at Franklin Field.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. Ten different Bulldogs recorded a point for 19th-ranked Bryant University team Tuesday night against intrastate rival Brown as the visiting Black and Gold scored five in the opening quarter and denied the Bears late in the game for a 10-9 victory at Stevenson Field.

The win marked the team's seventh victory in a row and earned the Bulldogs (8-2) their second-straight Ocean State Cup title after also topping Providence College, 9-4, March 27 on the road.

"I think that for our AD, for our president, for our school and certainly for our team, to win this great instate rivalry is very exciting," said head coach Mike Pressler. "It is a goal to have in mind throughout each season, and to beat both Providence College and Brown on the road this year to win it makes it even more rewarding."

The victory came with the help of two goals apiece from sophomore Dan Sipperly (Greenwich, N.Y.) and rookie Brian Schlansker (Glenville, N.Y.), while first-year Bulldog Kevin Massa (Huntington, N.Y.) dominated the faceoff X, winning 17 of 22 attempts and adding a goal and an assist in the Bryant win. The Bears (3-6) saw a hat trick from Sam Hurster but earned five minutes in penalties in the tilt.

Brown jumped ahead with the game-opening goal less than three minutes into the contest, but it would be the home side's first and only advantage of the evening. The Bulldogs responded with back-to-back goals from the second-line midfield a minute apart before seeing Massa spot the visitors a 3-1 edge eight seconds later with an unassisted tally his second of the year and second in as many games on a shot that came directly off one of 16-straight faceoff wins spanning the halves.

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