Providence, R.I. (Brown Athletics) – Brown’s second-ranked men’s lacrosse team has earned a return trip to the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship as the number five overall seed and will host Johns Hopkins on Saturday, May 14 at Stevenson-Pincince Field. The game will be televised on ESPNU, starting at 5:00 pm.
Coach Lars Tiffany’s team is coming off a record-setting 2016 season, earning a school-record 14 wins (14-2), posting a 6-0 Ivy League record to capture the Ivy League Championship for the second straight season, and scoring a school-record 268 goals. The high-scoring Bears lead the nation in scoring with 16.75 goals per game.
Johns Hopkins, one of the most storied lacrosse programs in NCAA history, finished its season with an 8-6 overall record. The Bluejays, a member of the Big 10 Conference in lacrosse, posted wins over three NCAA Tournament teams, Navy (12-11 ot), Towson (14-8) and Syracuse (11-10 ot).
Brown will be making its 14th appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Bears were a Final Four team in 1994 and last appeared in the NCAA playoffs in 2015, falling on the road to eventual national champion Denver on the road. The Bears have made previous NCAA tournament appearances in 1971, 1973, 1976, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2009 and 2015.
NCAA lacrosse tournament games have been played on the Brown campus in 1976 (Finals), 1985 (Finals), 1991 (Quarterfinals), 1994 (First Round), 1995 (First Round), 1999 (North First Round Doubleheader) and 2002 (First Round Doubleheader).
Pacing the Bears attack is two-time Ivy League Player of the Year Dylan Molloy ’17 (Setauket, NY), who leads the nation in points and assists, while ranking third in goals. The All-American is the sixth player in NCAA history to post at least 50 goals and 50 assists, and his 106 points this season (56 goals and 50 assists) rank 10th all-time in NCAA history.
Goaltending is a strength of this year’s team with two-time First Team All-Ivy and All-American Jack Kelly ’16 (West Islip, NY) leading the nation in save percentage (.618)
All-Ivy face-off specialist Will Gural ’16 (Haverford, PA) jump-starts the Bears offense from the face-off x, winning 216-of-311 face-offs (.698) to rank second nationally, while scoring eight goals on the season.