March 18, 2004

Unbeaten Bears Open Home Season Against UMass

March 18, 2004

Providence, RI -

The Records: The Bears are off to their best start (3-0) since 1993, having posted wins over Sacred Heart (10-5), Vermont (9-8) and Fairfield (12-7). The 16th-ranked UMass Minutemen are 2-3 overall following an 11-10 loss to Albany on Tuesday.

The Series Record: Brown and UMass have met 37 times, dating back to 1963, with the Bears holding a 21-16 series advantage. UMass captured last year's game, 18-6, in a game moved to Amherst because of snow in Providence. Brown's last win over the Minutemen came in 2000, when the Bears came away with a 14-10 victory.

Top Gun: Junior Chazz Woodson leads the Bears in scoring with eight goals and four assists. Woodson netted a career-high five-goals and handed out two assists in last Saturday's win over previously unbeaten Fairfield.

Buckley Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman midfielder Alex Buckley was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring three goals, including the game-winner, against Fairfield.

More Freshmen: Freshman David Madeira has started all three games for the Bears, netting four goals. Freshman Bobby Shields has also started all three games at defense for Brown.

Towers of Consistency: Senior tri-captain Charles Towers has scored two goals in each of Brown's first three games.

Levin In Goal: Bears' senior goalie Mike Levin looks to be returning to the form of two years ago when he was a first team All-Ivy selection and honorable mention All-American. Levin boasts a 6.67 goals against average and a .600 save percentage.

Mucciolo In The Scoring Column: Junior attackman Chris Mucciolo, Brown's leading returning scorer from 2003, has picked-up where he left off last year. Mucciolo has netted 7 goals and two assists to rank second on this year's team.

Transfer Makes The Grade: The Bears defense has been buoyed by the addition of junior Reece Pacheco, a transfer from Bucknell. Pacheco was a two-year starter for the Bison.