October 31, 2011

Dan Smithwick and Alex Norocea Named Ivy League Players of the Week

Providence, Rhode Island -  Sophomore kicker Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) was named the Ivy League's Special Teams Player of the Week after he accounted for all of the scoring in Brown's 6-0 win over Penn, while senior outside linebacker Dan Smithwick (Danville, CA) earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors for his role in the shutout of the Quakers. Brown's win over Penn is the second straight home shutout for the Bears.  The victory also snapped the Quakers' Ivy League winning streak at 18 games, and broke Penn's consecutive game scoring streak at 136 games, dating back to 1997.

 

With the game played in a driving rainstorm and a field that turned to mud, it was difficult for both teams to put points on the scoreboard. Norocea calmly booted field goals of 39 and 42 yards.  His 39-yard second quarter kick was nailed, but veered right at the end, hitting off the right upright and safely in for the three points.  Norocea's 42-yard third quarter field goal was against a strong headwind, but easily cleared the upright.

 

Smithwick, who leads the Ivy League and ranks 19th nationally in interceptions (3), came up with a terrific performance against the Quakers, making seven total tackles, including five solo hits, a tackle for a loss, and forced a fumble.  His first quarter interception at the Penn 45 yard line set up Brown's first and game-winning field goal.  Smithwick helped the Brown defense limit the Quakers offense to just 32 passing yards, 151 yards overall.

 

Brown (6-1 overall) returns to the gridiron on Saturday, November 5, traveling to New Haven, Connecticut, to battle Yale in a match-up of teams tied for second place in the Ivy League standings with 3-1 league records.  Game time is 12:00 noon at the Yale Bowl.