Bryant Secures Ocean State Bragging Rights, Deals Brown Its First Loss of Season

Shane Morell (above)

Shane Morell (above)

Shane Morrell’s third goal of the night was the charm.

The veteran attackman completed a hat trick by rattling the cage in overtime and sending Bryant to a dramatic 11-10 victory over National No. 2 Brown in Providence.

The Bulldogs trailed the unbeaten Brown Bears by a 9-6 margin with under 3:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, but rattled off three consecutive tallies within a 1:30 span to tie the score at 9-9.

Brown jumped back in front on Larkin Kemp’s goal with 00:53 remaining, but Bryant would not let Ocean State bragging rights slip away.

Junior Tucker James, who has delivered in key moments since his rookie season (SEE: 2014 NCAA Tournament at Syracuse), took a feed from Morrell and buried one into the net to re-tie the score 26 seconds later.

“We stayed true to the message and belief that we were not going to flinch,” head coach Mike Pressler told “The Bryant-Brown game has always come down to a couple of goals. We tied it at nine, they come back and go ahead, but we responded as well. It was a great game of resilience against the number two team in the country, and those last couple of minutes proved that.”

The win over the Ocean State rival was Bryant’s second over a top-tier Ivy League member this season. The Bulldogs topped then-No. 7 Harvard on March 8 in Smithfield.


Watch the finish (courtesy of ILDN)…


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