June 26, 2008
Providence, RI - Brown men's soccer coach Mike Noonan unveiled his squad's 2008 schedule today, featuring eight home dates, including the annual Adidas-Brown Classic, and a Nationally televised match-up against Ivy League opponent, Dartmouth.
The Bruno soccer team is coming off a spectacular season, making its 23rd NCAA appearance and capturing its 19th Ivy League title. Although the squad has lost the Ivy League Player of the Year, Matt Britner '07.5, the team returns a solid group of veterans and a tenacious group of newcomers that are expected to make an immediate impact. Entering his 14th season as head coach, Noonan returns 10 starters from last year's squad, including the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year, goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN).
Brown will open its home slate on Sept. 5 with its annual Adidas-Brown Classic, which includes two Big East powerhouse teams in St. John's and Villanova, as well as regional rivals Boston College. BC and Villanova will start off the Classic with a 5:00 p.m. game, as Bruno challenges St. John's at 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 7, BC will match up against St. John's at 1:00 p.m., as Brown will look to claim its second consecutive Adidas-Brown Classic title against Villanova immediately following.
The next weekend, Brown will pack its bags and head to South Carolina, to take on Furman and the College of Charleston during the NIKE/Aaron Olitsky Memorial Soccer Classic at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island, S.C., Sept. 12 and 14.
On Sept. 17, Bruno heads back north to take on another regional rival, Boston University, and just three days later will host the Rams of Rhode Island at 7:00 p.m. Brown will play Boston College for the second time, but the game will be held at BC's Newton Campus Soccer field in Chestnut Hill, MA. The Bears close out the month of September with a single game against University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and will then open up Ivy League play on Oct. 4 on Stevenson Field against Columbia.
Bruno is playing host to Bryant on Oct. 7 for a 7:00 p.m. tilt, and will then match up against Princeton and Harvard the next two Saturday's. The squad will then face its last non-conference opponent, Hartwick, in Oneonta, NY on Oct. 21. Four more League contests will be played, as Bruno hosts Cornell on Oct. 25, travels to Penn on Nov. 1, and has Yale on Nov. 8 for the team's final home game. The regular season concludes in Hanover, when the Bears challenge Dartmouth, which will be shown on national television (Fox Soccer Channel) at 4:00 p.m.
To view the complete schedule click here: 2008 Men's Soccer Schedule