Kelly Saves 16 as Brown Topples No. 15 Princeton

Providence, R.I. - Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) made 16 saves and sophomore Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) provided the offense with three goals to lead Brown to an 11-10 Ivy League win over #15 Princeton, beating the Tigers for the first time since 2008.

The Bears improve to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League, while Princeton falls to 4-4, 1-2 in Ivy play.

The difference in the game was the outstanding play in goal by Kelly, who made 16 saves overall, including seven in the final quarter as Princeton tried to get back in the game from a five goal deficit. Princeton goalie Matt O'Connor finished with nine saves.

Bellistri's three goals came on three shots, while sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY), freshman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) and senior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) netted two goals each for the Bears.

The high scoring Tigers were led by Tom Schreiber's three goals, while Jake Froccaro and Mike McDonald added two goals each.

Brown dominated the game through the first three quarters, building a 9-5 lead. Senior face-off specialist Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) captured 12 of 16 face-offs in the first 45 minutes.

Brown increased its lead to five goals, 10-5, when Molloy scored his second goal of the game 46 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Tigers came storming back with three straight goals, pulling to within 10-8 on a goal by Ryan Ambler with 5:24 left on the clock.

Bears' junior middy Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on an unassisted score with 4:38 remaining. Princeton cut the lead to one goal, 11-10 with 3:28 left on goals by McDonald and Schreiber, his third of the game.

Brown's defense stepped up in the waning moments, keeping the Tigers from getting off a good shot as time expired.

The Bears earned a 26-22 advantage in ground balls behind Capone' seven ground balls. The shots were all even at 39 each.

The Bears travel to Philadelphia for an Ivy League battle against Penn next Saturday, April 5. Face-off is 1:00 pm at Franklin Field.

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A day of frustration turned into a day of excitment, only to go back to frustration at the end. Princeton made a furious run that turned a seemingly lost cause into a nailbiter. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they couldn't quite make it all the way back.

Princeton fell 11-10 to Brown on a dreary, rainiy day in Providence. Princeton scored five times in three minutes late in the fourth to make it close and had two chances in the final 40 seconds but couldn't get the equalizer.

The loss was Princeton's second-straight one-goal league loss, after a 16-15 loss to Yale a week ago. The Tigers are now 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the league, while Brown is 6-3, 1-1.

STAT OF THE DAY - Princeton scored four goals in the first 53:38 of the game and then scored five more goals in the next 3:54. In the process, Princeton turned a 10-5 deficit into an 11-10 game with 3:28 left. Tucker Shanley started the run with a goal with 6:22 left, and Princeton got another one - by Jake Froccaro - 24 seconds later, after a Brown penalty on Shanley's goal gave Princeton a man-advantage and the ball. Ryan Ambler made it 10-8 with 5:24 left, making it three goals in 58 seonds. Brown answered less than a minute later to make it 11-8, but Mike MacDonald and Tom Schreiber made it 11-10 with 3:28 in the game.

THE END GAME - Princeton had four shots after it became 11-10, the first two by Froccaro and Ambler. Brown got possession and cleared, and Bear Goldstein committed a holding penalty, giving the Bears a man-advantage. Princeton killed off the penalty and regained possession when goalie Matt O'Connor intercepted a pass with 1:07 left. The Tigers cleared it and called timeout with 47 seconds to go. Out of the timeout, MacDonald bounced a shot through the crease and then had a last chance stopped by Brown goalie Jack Kelly with five seconds left.

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2014-03-29



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