ON MAY 14, 2016, the coaches and players of the Brown men’s lacrosse team should have had a lot to celebrate about. The team used an eight-goal third quarter to roll over traditional powerhouse Johns Hopkins — which owns the second-most national championships in NCAA Division 1 history — by a score of 17-8 to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.
While it seemed like everything went Brown’s way, that was not actually the case. Dylan Molloy, the eventual Tewaaraton Trophy winner, broke his foot. If Brown was to advance to the final four for the first time since 1994, it was going to have beat Navy without the team’s leading scorer.
The gamesmanship for the matchup began immediately.