They’ll be talking about Brown’s 14-12 lacrosse victory over undefeated Yale Saturday for a long time.
They’ll mention how Yale, ranked first and second in the national lacrosse polls, scored first, led for all but 1 minute and 34 seconds of the first half and went up by four goals on Ben Reeves’s unassisted goal with 13 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
They’ll remember how Brown’s All-America attack Dylan Molloy scored with a second to play in the half, raising the hopes of Brown fans in the crowd of 3,430 spectators at Stevenson-Pincince Field on Providence’s East Side, and how Reeves made it 10-6 for Yale early in the third quarter.
They’ll shake their heads while recounting how Brown scored six unanswered goals, the last three in a row by Molloy, to take a 12-10 lead with 10:16 to play in the fourth quarter. How Michael Keasey of Yale made it 13-12 with 1:24 remaining and how Molloy sealed the comeback with an unassisted goal with 15 seconds to play. They will remember that Brown improved to 10-1 overall, 4-0 in the Ivy League, and assumed sole possession of first place in the league. They’ll also remember how Yale fell to 10-1, 4-1.
Molloy finished with five goals and an assist. Attack Kyle Bellestri added three goals and an assist, and midfielder Will Gural two goals and two assists. Matt Graham and Bendan Caputo scored the other goals.
Jack Kelly made 11 saves and held Yale to three goals in the second half. Yale’s Phil Huffard stopped seven shots.
Nine different players scored for Yale in the first half. Reeves and Eric Scott each finished with two goals.
The victory should boost Brown from fifth in the national coaches poll and fourth in the media poll and drop Yale from first in the coaches vote and second in the media poll. They Bears should stand alone atop the New England coaches poll, and Yale should drop to second.
Brown needs victories at Cornell on April 23 and at home against Dartmouth on April 27 to secure the Ivy League championship. The Bears are at home against Providence College on Tuesday night. They will close the regular season April 30 at the fifth place team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Yale hosts Albany on April 23 and closes the regular season at home against Harvard on April 30.