April 15, 2006
Boston, MA - The Brown men's crew, coming off its huge win against three-time defending national champion Harvard in the varsity eight last Saturday, continued its success against Northeastern this Saturday. The fourth ranked varsity eight improved to 2-0 on the year with a six second victory over the seventh ranked Huskies on the Charles River, earning the rights to the 2006 Dreissigacker Cup. The Bears also won the freshman eight race, edging out Northeastern by just over one second.
The varsity eight took control early on and never looked back. Gaining an open water lead by the first 1,000 meters, Head Coach Paul Cooke's squad held on strong in the second 1,000, rowing aggressively to the six second victory.
The win was Coach Cooke's first over Northeastern since taking over for former Brown Head Coach Scott Roop in the fall of 2001.
In the second varsity eight race, the Bears came up just a couple of feet short, losing by 2.4 seconds. Freshman Coach Luke McGee's freshman eight recorded its first victory of the spring season, defeating the Huskies squad by just over one second. Brown maintained the lead the entire way.
Brown took third out of a total of four boats in the varsity four race, Northeastern placed two of its three boats in the top two spots as the Bears closely contested the Huskies "B" boat.
The Bears will return home next Saturday as they host Dartmouth on the Seekonk River. The first race is set to take off at 3:15 p.m.
Second Varsity Eight
Northeastern "A": 7:02.9
Northeastern "B": 7:19.7
Northeastern "C": 7:28.3