December 15, 2010

Brown Soccer Ranks 10th in Final NSCAA Rankings

Providence, RI – The Brown University men's soccer team finished the 2010 season 10th overall in the final NSCAA Division I poll. The Bears finished the year with a 12-4-4 overall record, including an undefeated 9-0-3 record at home, and earned its 25th NCAA appearance under the direction of first-year head coach Patrick Laughlin. Brown advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the tournament, which is the farthest the team has gotten in nine years.

Brown had another outstanding season as seven Bears received All-Ivy honors at the conclusion of the regular season and four earned NSCAA All-Northeast region accolades. Also, senior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) has been recently invited to attend the 2011 adidas MLS Player Combine from Jan. 7-11.

Led by senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN), a First Team All-Ivy and Second Team NSCAA selection, the Brown defense was one of the best in the country. The squad conceded just one goal in its first 11 games as Grandstrand recorded a Brown University record of 11 shutouts in a single season. The team's goals against average of 0.57 ranked fourth in the country while Grandstrand's save percentage of .852 ranked sixth in the country.