Hanover, NH- Dartmouth junior midfielder Adam Rice scored his first goal of the season to lift Dartmouth to a 1-0 victory over the No. 14 Brown men's soccer team during its final regular season game at Burnham Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears dropped to 11-3-3 on the year with a 3-3-1 record in the Ivy League, while the Big Green improved to 9-6-1 overall with a 3-3-0 mark in the league.
The Bears were outshot for just the third time this season, as the Big Green fired off 14 shots to Brown's nine in the 90-minute game. Dartmouth's game-winning goal came in the 73rd minute of play when Adam Rice headed in the ball past Brown senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) after a long throw in by Walker Linares.
Grandstrand, who allowed just his eighth goal of the year this afternoon, tallied three saves in net for the Bears, while Dartmouth keeper Lyman Missimer registered four to improve to 5-2 on the year.
Junior Jay Hayward (Acton, MA) fired off Brown's first of three shots in the first half just 10:48 into the game, but missed wide, and Dartmouth countered with a header by Andrew Olsen that Grandstrand saved. Senior captain David Walls got off the next shot of the half at the 28:48 mark, but Missimer came up with the save, and junior midfielder Taylor Gorman followed with a shot in the 35th minute to give Missimer his second save of the half. The Bears defense remained solid and continued to hold off the Big Green attackers as the team's headed into halftime scoreless.
Both teams were even in shots in the second half with six apiece, but the Big Green was able to come out with the win after scoring the goal in the 73rd minute. Dartmouth and Brown had two corner kicks each in the first half, but Dartmouth edged Brown 4-0 in the second.
The Bears will now await to see if the squad will receive an at-large bid to the 2010 Division I men's soccer tournament. The selection show will be shown on ESPNU between 4:30-5:00 p.m. on Monday.