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SPORTS MONDAY MARCH 21, 2005 · PAGE 12

Grappler Schell ’08 falls short at NCAAs

Ashley Hess / Herald

The only Brown wrestler to qualify for the NCAA Championships, Jeff Schell ’08 (top) was eliminated after losing his first two matches. BY BERNIE GORDON SENIOR SPORTS WRITER

The wrestling team’s Jeff Schell ’08 represented Brown this weekend at the NCAA Championships in Annapolis, Md. Unfortunately, Schell’s trip was short-lived, as he was defeated in his first two matches and eliminated from the tournament. “For a freshman, it was a great experience,” said Head Coach Dave Amato. “He got to see what it takes to win, and I think he learned from it.” Schell had a tough match-up in the first round, facing Oklahoma University’s Sam Hazewinkel, the No. 1 seed in the 125-pound weight class. Schell wrestled well, but Hazewinkel had a clear edge in talent and experience, and defeated Schell 13-3. Schell’s next match was against another first-year, Shawn Cordell of West Virginia. Schell was more evenly matched against Cordell, but he again lost, this time 5-1, although the match was much closer than the score indicated. Despite the losses, Schell and Amato agree that it was a positive experience, important for Schell’s development as a wrestler, both technically and emotionally. “I thought it was a great experience,” Schell said. “It definitely gives me something to look forward to for the next three years.” Going to the NCAA Championships was a huge achievement for a first-year, especially on a team that did not have anyone who had BROWN SPORTS SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, MARCH 18 Women’s TENNIS: Boston College 4, Brown 3

SATURDAY, MARCH 19 Women’s LACROSSE: Brown 11, Monmouth 4 Men’s TENNIS: Brown 7, Hofstra 0.; Brown 7, Boston College 0 Men’s LACROSSE: No. 7 UMass 12, No. 17 Brown 5 SOFTBALL: UMass 3, Brown 2; Villinova 5, Brown 1, at Villanova Tournament Women’s WATER POLO: Michigan 8, Brown 3; No. 9 Indiana 4, Brown 2; Brown 9, California Lutheran, at Michigan Invite GYMNASTICS: New Hampshire 193.275, Towson 192.45, Brown 181.25 EQUESTRIAN: 2nd at Johnson and Wales SUNDAY, MARCH 20 Women’s TENNIS: Brown 4, Virginia Tech 3 SOFTBALL: Games at Villanova Tournament POSTPONED Women’s WATER POLO: Brown 7, Michigan State 6; Loyola Marymount 13, Brown 4, at Michigan Invite

gone before on the roster. But for Schell, the trip was simply another part of the high standard to which he holds himself. “I understand it’s a pretty big accomplishment, but I thought I could definitely do it,” Schell said. “I think it’s a matter of how well you perform — not so much age.” The tournament caps a strong rookie campaign for Schell, who went 20-6 for the Bears, losing only two dual-meet matches. “I thought he had a good freshman year,” Amato said. “He was having a great year until the end. That last three or four weeks (can be tough after) a long season for freshmen.” The tournament also showed Schell what he needs to work on in order to advance as a wrestler. Amato cited his offense in the standing position as an area that needs improvement, and Schell is determined to work hard during the off-season and come back stronger next year. “What I’ve seen at Nationals just showed me I want to step it up,” Schell said. “I’m definitely going to step it up in training. If I see WRESTLING, page 4

Unified w. lax team beats Monmouth Ball movement, transition offense power Brown past the Hawks BY BEN MILLER S PORTS E DITOR

It was not clear who got more of a workout at the women’s lacrosse game on Saturday — Monmouth University goalie Jessica Chapman, who let up 11 goals, or the shirtless members of the Brown football team who sprinted around the Erickson Athletic Complex belting out the fight song after each Brown goal. In a unified effort, the Bears defeated the Hawks 11-4, erasing lingering chemistry concerns and showing that the team has finally gelled under the helm of new Head Coach Keely McDonald ’00. Brown, who moves to 2-3 on the season, showed superior ball movement and hustle en route to a 6-0 first-half lead, then weathered a second-half surge by the Hawks (1-3) to pick up the victory. “( We) realized that it’s all BRACKET CHALLENGE LEADERBOARD — WEEK ONE

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MICHAEL ADMIRAND ’06 48 POINTS TIM COURCHAINE ’06 47 POINTS ALEX COX ’08 46 POINTS JASON RANSBY-SPORN ’06

45 POINTS CRAIG MCGOWAN ’07 44 POINTS CHINTAN PATEL ’08 43 POINTS SHELLEY MCDAVID ’08 43 POINTS SEVEN TIED WITH 42 POINTS

about team and what we can do goalie and co-captain Julia as a unit,” McDonald said. “The Southard ’05, who was back in women are realizing what it the cage after missing the pretakes to compete for each other vious two games due to injury. She performed admirably in and with each other.” After a week of practice in her return, recording a Brown which McDonald stressed the season-high 17 saves, including need to play like a team, the 10 in the second half. “We came out with the menBears did just that, recording six assists — four more than tality to get after everything,” Southard said. “We were they had had all season. because we The greatest beneficiary of unstoppable the Bears’ offensive cohesive- played as a unit. I was excited ness was attackman Sarah to be out there on the field with Passano ’05, who outscored the team, because I knew that if Monmouth by herself, netting I messed up, they had my back.” five goals for Brown. With the defense clamping “The ball movement was awesome today,” Passano said. down, Passano added her third “I wouldn’t have had any goals and fourth goals of the half, today if people had not been one off a nice dodge from up moving the ball fast and cutting through, creating openings.” Co-captain Kate Staley ’06, who had been unhappy with the team’s effort during a 15-8 loss to Boston College on Wednesday, took matters into her own hands to start the game, sparking the Brown offense with a transition assist to Passano 36 seconds in. Half a minute later, Staley did the same thing again, racing down from midfield to give the ball off to Ali Holland ’08, who gave Brown a 2-0 lead. Ten minutes later, Staley added a goal of her own, scorAshley Hess / Herald ing off a rebound of a missed Sarah Passano ’05 scored five goals free position shot. Passano in Brown’s win.She is second on the then increased the lead to 4-0 team in points with seven. on a free position shot that top, to give Bruno its 6-0 lead at bounced right past Chapman. When the Hawks did get the the half. Monmouth came out of the ball on the other half of the field, the Brown defense did an break with more intensity to excellent job forcing them start the second half, but it was down the sides, and preventing still Brown who scored first, open looks from pointblank using transition ball movement to extend the lead to 7-0 off a with well-executed slides. “The defense was awesome shot from Justine Lupo ’08. today,” Passano said. “They Holland assisted on the play. “We had freshman-freshman were working as a total unit. Big plays on defense started our connections out there,” Staley attack.” Anchoring the defense was see W. LAX, page 4

No. 17 m. lacrosse shut down by No. 9 UMass, 12-5 BY BERNIE GORDON SENIOR SPORTS WRITER

The No. 17 men’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, falling 12-5 on the road to No. 9 University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The Minutemen controlled the game with a strong defensive presence, shutting down the Bears’ offense and wearing Brown’s defense down with their attack. “They played as well as they could have, (and) we played poorly,” said Head Coach Scott Nelson. The Minutemen were fired up after losing to the Bears, 10-5, last year, and they were determined to return the favor, putting in their best game of the season. Despite limiting the Minutemen’s leading scorer, Sean Morris, to one goal and an assist, Bruno had trouble shutting down the rest of the UMass team. “(Morris) played O.K., but the

other guys stepped it up,” Nelson said. “A couple guys had career games for them.” The key to the game was the Minutemen’s strong defense. Utilizing the athleticism of their lead defender, Jeff Reid, the Minutemen shut down Brown’s leading scorer and co-captain Chazz Woodson ’05, isolating the Brown offense from its most talented player. “It was frustrating,” Woodson said. “You don’t expect to have a game go that way. You try to play as well as you can and hope someone else (picks up the slack).” “They had a great defenseman on him, they had a great game plan,” Nelson said. “We were not very fluid on offense.” With Woodson neutralized, the rest of the offense was not cohesive, and was unable to take advantage of the weaknesses the scheme created for UMass.

Shutting off an offensive player makes it impossible for the defender covering him to help when a teammate is beaten, but the Bears did not get the penetration needed to capitalize. “We didn’t get (co-captain Chris) Mucciolo (’05) enough shots — same thing with (cocaptain) Britton (Derkac ’05),” Nelson said. “It just showed. We didn’t set those guys up enough.” The Minutemen took advantage of the Bears’ disorganization on offense to force turnovers and win ground balls, limiting Brown’s time of possession. Through the third quarter, when UMass eased up, the Minutemen held an 11-16 advantage in turnovers and a 23-16 lead in ground balls. “We didn’t control the ball. We didn’t come up with enough (ground balls). We threw the ball away a lot,” Woodson said.

Ashley Hess / Herald

David Madeira ’07 scored three goals in a losing effort. “Little things (like) that keep your offense moving and consistent, and we didn’t do (them).” With so much time for their see M. LAX, page 8

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