October 25, 2005

Bears Move Up to #18 In NSCAA Weekly Poll

Oct. 25, 2005

Providence, RI - After entering last week's NSCAA Division I Weekly Poll at #25, the Brown men's soccer team has climbed up to #18 on this week's poll after extending its unbeaten streak to seven games over the weekend with a 2-1 overtime victory over Cornell. The last time Brown ranked in the top 20 was back in 2003, when the team ranked as high as #11 after capturing its seventh Ivy championship in ten years.

The Bears are currently 4-0 in Ivy play with three games left to be played this season, including this weekend's showdown with Penn at Stevenson Field. The Quakers are in a two-way tie for third with Yale after playing to a 1-1 draw against each other last weekend. Dartmouth stands in second place with a 3-1 mark.

The Brown defense has been superb all year, allowing just eight goals all season, including six shutouts. Headlined by junior co-captain Matt Britner, the back unit, which also features a sophomore in Laurent Manuel and two freshmen (Rhett Bernstein and Stephen Sawyer), have not allowed more than one goal in a game since the season-opener on Sept. 2.

Brown leads the Ivy League in virtually every catagory, including goals scored with 2.00 per game and goals allowed with 0.62 per game.

Freshman goalkeeper Jarrett Leech has been a stalwart between the posts as he leads the Ivy League with a .933 save percentage and a 0.36 goals against average. He also leads the league in shutouts per game, tallying four shutouts in six games.

Freshman Scott Geppert ranks third in the league and first for Brown with 13 points off four goals and five assists. His five assists as well as fellow freshman and teammate Darren Howerton's five, lead the Ancient Eight. Junior Ben Brackett's team-high five goals is tied for third in the league.

The Brown-Penn matchup will take place this Saturday at 7 p.m. on Stevenson Field. The Bears have just one loss at home this season, posting a 4-0-1 record since dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker to then 24th ranked UNC-Greensboro in its home-opener.