Drexel Awaits No. 15 Brown for NCAA First Round Matchup
Providence, R.I. - The No. 15 Brown University men's soccer team travels to Philadelphia for an NCAA First Round game against the Drexel Dragons at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon at Vidas Field. Gametracker and live video will be provided.
The Bears, who received an at-large bid on Monday evening, enter the game with a 12-2-3 record and finished 4-1-2 in the Ivy League to play third in the standings. Brown was riding a 12-game unbeaten streak into their final game of the season at Dartmouth last Saturday night. After a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation, Dartmouth scored the 'buzzer beating' goal just as time ran off the clock to earn a 2-1 win.
Sophomore forward Ben Maurey (Downingtown, PA) came on strong at the end of the season, scoring four goals in the Bears' last five games to become the leading scorer with 12 points (5 g, 2 a). Senior midfielder Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) is close behind in second with 10 points on three goals and four assists, followed by senior Bobby Belair (Myrtle Beach, SC) with nine points (3 g, 3 a).
Brown's stingy defense has shut down 10 opponents and has allowed just 10 goals on the year. Senior goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss (Arlington, VA) ranks first in the Ivy League and third in the country in goals against average (0.478), as well as first in the league and seventh in the country in save percentage (0.855).
Drexel, earning its first NCAA berth since 1972, received the at-large bid after winning the regular season Colonial Athletic Association championship. Unbeaten in their last eight games to earn a 6-0-2 record in that stretch, they outscored opponents 11-3.
The defense is anchored by senior goalkeeper Tim Washam, who moved into the starting lineup in the second game of the year. His 0.845 save percentage ranks eighth in the nation, while his goals against average (0.724) ranks 13th.
Junior midfielder Nathan Page, who has 19 points on nine goals and one assist, has led the Dragon offense this season. Fabio Machado and Ken Tribbett, both All-CAA selections, also rank among the team's offensive leaders. Machado is Drexel's second leading scorer with 13 points (4 g, 5 a), and Tribbett is fourth in scoring with eight points (3g 2a).
The winner of the game will head to No. 2 seed Maryland (17-1-2) for a 5 p.m. game at Ludwig Field. The Terps (17-1-2) captured the ACC tournament championship Sunday with a victory over No. 3 North Carolina.