Brown Lacrosse Captains Named; Team Awards Announced

Providence, R.I. - Head coach Lars Tiffany and Brown held its Annual Team Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 19, honoring the team award winners from the 2013 season and announcing the 2014 Brown lacrosse captains. Tiffany announced that senior attackman Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO), senior middy Dan Mellynchuk (West Sayville, NY), senior defenseman Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) and senior defender Peter Vivonetto (Rocky Point, NY) have been named captains of the 2014 Brown men's lacrosse team.

"Leadership boils down to one word: truth," said Tiffany. "The mission of a team cannot be achieved without individuals from within ensuring that the effort, the commitment and the principles are true to the greatness of the team. There is no greater feeling in team sports than knowing each member's commitment is absolute, is true. Our four captains wholeheartedly embrace this objective and will not relent in this pursuit."

Hurster ranked second on the Brown team in scoring last year with 30 points, scoring 22 goals and handing out eight assists. He scored five goals in the Bears' win over Hartford, and netted three goals in games against High Point and St. Joseph's. He was a Second Team All-Ivy selection in 2012 and led the Brown team with 31 goals, third best in the Ivy League.

Mellynchuk has played in 29 career games for the Bears, and scored two goals last year, including the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Brown over UMass. He also picked-up 10 ground balls for the Bears.

Pierce is a two-year starter at close defense, who ranked fourth on the Brown team with 14 caused turnovers. He scored his second career goal in Brown's win over Harvard, and picked up 25 ground balls for the season, including five against Cornell. As a sophomore, Pierce ranked 11th in the nation in caused turnovers with 1.93 per game.

Considered the most "team first" man on the squad, Vivonetto played in 10 games for the Bears a year ago. He has persevered through a career-long back injury. Vivonetto changed positions as a freshman at the request of the coaching staff without any complaint whatsoever, doing whatever he can for the team.

Most Valuable Offensive Player
The consummate lacrosse player, this man redefined unselfishness on the field. Combined with his intelligence and vision were his sophisticated stick skills that allowed him to make unmatched feeds that can best be described as threading the needle. Recruited as an attackman, he played most of his career in the middle of the field, developing into one of the leaders nationally for assists for midfielders in 2013. Though feeding was his greatest attribute, his elusiveness as a dodger forced our opponents to place their long-stick midfielder on him. But this did not stop him from scoring big goals this past year, with none bigger than the game-winning goal on Stevenson Field against Harvard late in the 4th quarter. He knew when it was time to set up others for the shot, and when it was time to place the responsibility on his own shoulders. The 2013 winner of the Most Valuable Offensive Player is Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship concentrator George Sherman '13.

Vincent Marinelli Award
The Vincent Marinelli Award is an annual freshman award, distributed to the "pup," who best exemplifies the competitive spirit and commitment to the quality of life that Vinnie himself demonstrated as a freshman at Brown in 1987. This year's winner easily fits the statement: he never met a shot he did not like. The man exploded onto the Ivy League and National scene in his first year at Brown, making a huge impact on the offensive end of the field as evidenced by him leading our program in both goals (27) and points (35) in 2013. On top of earning Ivy League Player of the Week honors in late-March, he was also recognized as the Cascade National Rookie of the Week while scoring a combined 10 goals in the state of North Carolina, in games against the Tarheels and High Point. Despite being hindered with a bad knee at the end of the season, this man persevered through the pain and managed to help lead Brown back from a 3 goal deficit in Hanover, scoring a hat-trick in the overtime victory over Dartmouth. He serves as a role model to the other men with his commitment to being not only a great offensive player, but also as a bone crushing hitter as a riding attackman. The 2013 winner of the Vincent Marinelli Award is Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations concentrator Henry Blynn '16.

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