Bears Host Boston College in First Round of NCAA Tournament
Providence, RI- The Brown University men's soccer team will host Boston College at 7 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 18, in the first round of the Division I NCAA Soccer Tournament. The Bears are making its 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including its eighth trip in the last 11 years. The game will be video streamed live, for free, with Mike Rubin and Mike Mancuso calling the action on Brown Internet Radio. Live stats will also be provided.
The match will be the 26th meeting between the Bears and the Eagles, but the first time they will be competing in the NCAA Tournament. The last time the Bears battled the Eagles, Brown came out on top with a 1-0 victory at the Newton Campus Field on Sept. 23, 2008. The Bears also lead the all-time series 12-10-3
The Bears enter Thursday night with an 11-3-3 record and finished fourth place in the Ivy League combining for a 3-3-1 record. Senior goalkeeper and First Team All-Ivy selection Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) has been instrumental in the team's success this season, as he helped lead the team to 11 shutouts while setting a new Brown single-season shutout record. Grandstrand has combined for 24 shutouts in his career, and needs just one more to break the Brown University school record, which is held by Matt Cross '01. Grandstrand has allowed just eight goals in Brown's 17 games played for a 0.45 goals against average, and has picked up 54 saves for a .871 save percentage.
Junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec), a First Team All-Ivy selection, leads the offense with 16 points on six goals (three game-winners) and four assists. Following behind is senior forward Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) with 11 points on four goals (three game-winners) and three assists. Brown has lit up for 27 goals this season as 11 different Bears have added to the scoring. The Bears are averaging 16.8 shots per game and are scoring 1.59 goals per game.
Brown made an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Tournament after finishing the regular season 11-3-5 overall and earning second place in the Ivy League with a 5-2-0 record. Brown hosted Stony Brook in the first-round, and defeated the Seawolves 1-0 in overtime. It was Rosa's goal in the 103rd minute of play that put the Bears on top, and advanced the squad to Chapel Hill to take on the No. 5 seeded Tar Heels. The Bears lost 2-0 to North Carolina after goals by Billy Schuler and Alex Dixon.
Boston College is making its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and its 10th overall. The Eagles finished the year with a 10-4-5 overall record with a 2-2-4 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The No. 21 Eagles are coming off a 1-0 loss to the No. 4 North Carolina in the ACC Semifinals last weekend. Prior to the loss to the Tar Heels, BC was on a two-game winning streak with victories over Virginia Tech (3-1) and No. 19 Duke (1-0).
BC's Charlie Rugg leads the offense with 18 points on a team-high eight goals and two assists. Following behind is Edvin Worley with six goals and three assists, and Conor Fitzpatrick has knocked in five. The offense has combined for 32 goals in its 19 games this season, as nine different Eagles have contributed to the scoring.
Leading the defense is goalkeeper Justin Luthy, who has played in all 19 contests for 1783:24 minutes. He has allowed 20 goals (1.01 gaa) and has picked up 70 saves (.778 save percentage) for a 10-3-5 record.
BC is just 1-3-3 against ranked opponents this season.