Jack Kelly's 21 saves lead No. 14 Brown to comfortable win vs. No. 9 Cornell
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Ivy League title chase just got a bit more interesting. Brown junior goalie Jack Kelly made a season high 21 saves and junior attackman Henry Blynn netted four goals to lead No. 14 Brown to a 15-6 win against No. 9 Cornell at sun-drenched Stevenson Field.
Brown improves to 10-3 overall and 3-2 in Ivy play with one league game remaining at Dartmouth next Saturday. Cornell falls to 9-4 overall, 3-2 in Ivy play. Brown, Cornell and Yale are tied for second place in the Ivy standings, just a game behind first place Princeton (4-1).
"While I certainly believe that our entire team stepped up today and played their best lacrosse, I don't want to overshadow the heroic play of Jack Kelly, who denied Cornell time-after-time and stifled their fast breaks," Brown head coach Lars Tiffany said.
Kelly was undoubtedly the story of the game with 14 of his season high 21 saves coming in the first half as Brown held a 6-4 advantage at intermission.
Big Red attackman Connor Buczek scored the opening goal of the season half to cut Brown's lead to 6-5 with 12:18 remaining.
Brown scored six of the next seven goals in the third quarter, with junior Kylor Bellistri, sophomore Alec Tulett, Blynn, sophomore Dylan Molloy, senior Nick Piroli and senior Bailey Tills all scoring to grab a 12-6 lead. Kelly and the Brown defense kept Cornell off the scoreboard in the final quarter to finish up with a 15-6 win.
"I'm proud of our poise in the fourth quarter," Tiffany said. "While we like to run-and-gun, we played some smart lacrosse with the lead."
Cornell made a conscious effort to keep Molloy off the scoreboard, double and triple-teaming the high scoring attackman, the nation's leading scorer, who now has 52 goals on the season. While Molloy was held scoreless in the opening 30 minutes, he finished with two goals and a career high five assists against the Big Red.
Blynn, who had six goals against Providence earlier in the week, netted four goals on seven shots, while adding three assists. Piroli finished with two goals and an assist, while Tills added two goals.
Brown also won the battle of the face-off x, with junior Will Gural winning 13 of 24 face-offs against Cornell's Domenick Massimilian, one of the nation's leaders in face-off winning percentage.
Buczek paced the Big Red with three goals, while Matt Donovan registered two goals. Cornell goalie Christian Knight had 10 saves in the Big Red net.
While Cornell out-shot the Bears by a 45-21 margin, Brown won the battle of the trenches, holding a 40-33 advantage in ground balls.
Donovan gave Cornell an early 1-0 lead, but Brown answered with goals by Blynn, sophomore AJ Lucchese, Blynn again, and Kemp to pull ahead by a 4-1 margin after one quarter.
Goals by Cornell's Cook and Buczyk cut Brown's lead to 4-3, but junior Brendan Caputo scored with 11:17 left in the quarter to put Brown back up by two goals, 5-3. Donovan scored his second goal of the game to pull Cornell to within a goal at 5-4 at the 9:21 mark of the quarter.
Blynn scored with just two seconds remaining in the half to give the Bears a 6-4 lead at the half and turn the momentum all in their favor.