Brown has Ivy League tests this week

April 09, 1991|By James H. Jackson

This is a big week for the Brown lacrosse team, ranked No. 4 in The Sun's poll, and coach Dom Starsia says his team is raring to go.

The Bruins (6-0), who were off last week, play at home against Yale tomorrow and at No. 2 Princeton on Saturday in a pair of key Ivy League games. Brown and No. 1 North Carolina (7-0) are the only remaining unbeaten Division I teams.

"We were on the road for a pair of tough, physical games with Loyola and Massachusetts, and we needed the week off to get healthy again," Starsia said. "We had a couple of physical problems, but everyone is healthy again. We're anxious to get going again and excited about the possibilities this week holds for us."

Key players for Brown are Darren Lowe, the team's leading scorer; Jay McMahon, who had four goals against Loyola; Andy Towers, who plays both midfield and attack and won key faceoffs against Massachusetts; and goalie Pat Flynn.

"Flynn, from Calvert Hall, has been great for us," Starsia said. "He has given us solid goaltending in every game we've played. He has stopped the ball and also been excellent on the clears. We have another youngster from Baltimore, Richard Levi, a midfielder, who is on our extra-man unit. He has been doing a fine job for us."

Starsia figures this week's competition will be tough.

"Yale isn't the team it was last year, but it is still very good," he said. "They have a lot of freshmen, including a goalie who is getting better each game. Princeton is terrific. They are well-coached, solid in every area, nice balance, speed in the midfields and one of the best defenses around. Their goalie Scott Bacigalupo has been outstanding. Princeton's leading TC scorer, Kevin Lowe, is the brother of our Darren Lowe."

Starsia said he feels good about his team. "We've worked hard all season and we've played hard. We do what we have to win and think that's the mark of good lacrosse team."

The Sun's top 10

No. School.. .. .. .. Record.. .. Pts... .. Pre.

1. North Carolina.. .. 7-0.. .. .. 80.. .. .. 1

2. Princeton.. .. .. .. 7-1.. .. .. 64.. .. .. 5

3. Johns Hopkins.. .. . 4-2.. .. .. 62.. .. .. 2

4. Brown.. .. .. .. .. 6-0.. .. .. 54.. .. .. 4

5. Virginia.. .. .. .. 7-1.. .. .. 52.. .. .. 3

6. Loyola.. .. .. .. .. 5-2.. .. .. 38.. .. .. 7

7. Maryland.. .. .. .. 5-1.. .. .. 34.. .. .. 6

8. Syracuse.. .. .. .. 4-2.. .. .. .28.. .. .. 9

9. Towson State.. .. .. 3-2.. .. .. 20.. .. .. 8

10. Army.. .. .. .. .. 6-1.. .. .. . 3.. .. .. --

Other schools receiving votes: Hobart 2, Massachusetts 1, Pennsylvania 1, Rutgers 1.

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