October 16, 2010

No. 15 Brown Hosts Harvard on Saturday Night

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Providence, R.I. – The No. 15 ranked Brown University men's soccer team will host Harvard University at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening at Stevenson Field. The Bears head into the weekend with a 7-1-2 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the Ivy League, while the Crimson arrive in Providence with a 4-3-4 record and a 1-0-1 record in league play.

After five consecutive wins, including two against ranked opponents, the Bears suffered its first loss of the 2010 season to Princeton, 3-0, last Saturday afternoon in New Jersey.

Leading the offense has been junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) with four goals and three assists for a team-best 11 points, while senior forward Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) and junior T.J. Popolizio (Rexford, NY) are tied for second in goals with three apiece.

Brown's tenacious backline that has given up just four goals in 10 games has been led by senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN), who has combined for a career-high eight shutouts stopping 36 of 40 shots faced. Grandstrand's .383 goals against average ranks fourth in the country, while his .900 save percentage ranks second.

Harvard leads the all-time series 46-27-11, and has won three of the last five contests, including the last two. Last year, the Crimson defeated Brown 1-0 in Cambridge with Andre Akpan's '10 game-winner in the 47th minute. Goalkeeper Austin Harms earned the shutout in net with five saves in 90 minutes.

The Crimson are 2-1-3 on the road heading into Saturday's match and has not played a conference road game yet. Brian Rogers is leading the Harvard offense with three goals and an assist, and Scott Prozeller ranks second in goals with two, and has handed out one assist. Austin Harms leads the defense in goal with a 3-3-3 record this season and has recorded 27 saves.

After the game on Saturday night, the Bears have six games remaining in the 2010 season, four of which are at home, including two non-league games against Hartwick (Oct. 19) and Holy Cross (Oct. 26). The Bears currently rank fourth in the Ivy League in the standings, while Penn and Princeton and tied for first with a 2-0 record in league play, and Harvard stands alone in third with a 1-0-1 mark in the Ancient Eight.