Two talented teams that are located just miles from one another took to the turf Tuesday night to decide which is the best team in Providence, Rhode Island.
Providence entered the game with a better record than Brown, but the Bears have a much tougher schedule, mainly due to their Ivy League-conference foes.
Brown has played many tough teams this year, but have had trouble closing games out in the fourth quarter. Tuesday night, they did just that.
In a game that was a defensive battle dominated by superb goaltending, sophomore attacker Nick Piroli would score the game-winner with just over eight minutes left in the game.
As far as the goalies go, both goaltenders made 13 saves and recorded save rates that surpassed the 65-percent mark. These are outstanding statistics in a year that has seen scoring numbers skyrocket due to rule changes.
Greg FitzMaurice scored two goals for the Friars, while teammate Daniel Textor added two assists in the losing effort.
For Brown, Tim Jacob and Henry Blynn had two goals each in the contest. Blynn has proven himself as one of the top freshman in the country, making himself known in an earlier nationally televised loss to North Carolina, where he scored five goals in quick order.
Brown will look to get a bid to the Ivy League tournament as they face Cornell this Saturday. They will then have games against Bryant and Dartmouth to finish out the year.
Providence has two tough conference games left as they face St. John's and Villanova in Big East play. These games provide an opportunity to improve the Friars' 8-6 record and perhaps put them in the talks for an at-large NCAA tournament appearance.
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