Serrano, Norcea Earn Ivy League Honors
Providence, Rhode Island - Following Brown's 29-14 victory over Harvard before a crowd of 17,360 in the first night game played at Brown Stadium, Bears' senior linebacker Andrew Serrano (Phoenix, AZ) was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, and freshman kicker Alexander Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) was selected the Ivy League Special Teams and Rookie of the Week.
Serrano spearheaded a hard-hitting Brown defensive effort that held Harvard's offense in check all night. The Bears limited the Crimson to 112 total yards, including a minus-16 yards rushing. Up until Harvard's final possession, the Crimson had just totaled 76 offensive yards. Serrano made a team high seven tackles for the Bears, including three solo hits, while also forcing a Harvard fumble.
Norocea, who earned Ivy Rookie of the Week honors for the second straight week, , turned in a record-setting performance against Harvard. Norocea's kicking was the clear difference in the victory over the Crimson, tying the Brown school record with five field goals. With two extra points, he also tied the Brown record for kick-scoring points in a game with 17, third best in Ivy Football history, equaling the 17 points scored by Steve Morgan against Harvard in 2005. Norocea connected from 20 yards twice, 35 yards twice and converted a career high 44-yard field goal. He tied the record held by Tyler Chase against Penn in 1972, and matched by Chris Ingerslev against Cornell in 1985 and Steve Morgan against Harvard in 2005.
The Bears will be back in action again on Saturday, October 2, traveling to Kingston, Rhode Island for the 95th Annual Governor's Cup football game against the University of Rhode Island.
Pictured: Andrew Serrano '11. photo by dspics.com