November 12, 2011

Ivy Title Up For Grabs as Brown Hosts Dartmouth on Saturday

Providence, RI- The Brown University men's soccer team hosts Dartmouth College at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, to close out the regular-season with a chance to clinch its 20th Ivy League title and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bears will also be honoring its eight seniors - Austin Mandel, Sean Rosa, Even Coleman, Rob Medairos, Taylor Gorman, Jay Hayward, Mike Manella and TJ Popolizio – prior to the match.

The game can be viewed live, for a fee, via America One, or you can listen to Mike Rubin and Mike Mancuso call the action on Brownbears.com radio. Live stats will also be available.

The Bears enter Saturday's match 10-4-2 overall with a 4-1-1 mark in the Ivy League. Brown, undefeated in its last seven games, has won its last three straight including a 1-0 victory over Yale last Saturday afternoon.

Senior forward TJ Popolizio (Rexford, NY) has led Brown's offense this season with 18 points on eight goals and two assists, while senior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) follows with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Leading the defense has been junior goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss (Arlington, VA), who boasts a 7-2-2 record with 29 saves. His .603 goals against average ranks 13th in the country, and his .811 save percentage ranks 28th. He has earned seven of the team's nine shutouts.

The Big Green arrive in Providence with an 8-5-3 record and are tied for first place in the league with the Bears with a 4-1-1 mark. In its last 10 games, the Big Green has a 7-2-1 record and is undefeated in its last four Ivy League contests. Dartmouth's lone blemish in Ivy League action is a loss at Yale on Oct. 8.

Senior forward Lucky Mkosana, Dartmouth's leading scorer with 21 points on 10 goals and one assist, ranks 20th in the nation in goals per game (0.67) and is tied for 29th in total goals (10). Also, junior midfielder Kevin Dzierzawski ranks 19th in assists per game (0.47) and is 29th in total assists (7).