Nov. 14, 2005
Providence, RI - The Brown men's soccer team received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division I Tournament as announced by the NCAA on Monday afternoon. The Bears will host in-state rival, the University of Rhode Island this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. This will be Brown's 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including its third trip in the last six years.
Head Coach Mike Noonan's team finished the season with a 10-4-2 overall record. The Bears captured a share of the Ivy League Title over the weekend, closing out the Ivy season with a 2-2 tie against Dartmouth. Brown has now won eight of the last 12 Ivy Championship and a league record, 18 overall.
Rhode Island won the Atlantic 10 Championship on Sunday with a 5-4 win over St. Louis, posting an 11-7-4 record on the season. The Rams and the Bears did not face each other during the regular season for the first time in 44 years this season. This will be the third time the two have played against each other in the post-season. Brown took a 2-1 overtime decision in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 1999 while in 1977, the Bears knocked the Rams out of the tourney with a 3-1 win in the second round.
Overall, Brown holds a commanding 31-13-1 advantage in the all-time series with Rhody. The Rams have won the last two meetings, taking a pair of 2-1 victories in 2004 and 2003. Brown last defeated URI in 2002 with a 2-0 shutout.
Brown's last appearance in the NCAA Tournament came in 2003 after winning the Ivy crown that year. In 2000, Brown advanced to the Elite Eight of the Big Dance before falling to eventual NCAA Champion UConn. Brown's best finish came in 1973 when it advanced all the way to the Final Four.
The Bears have maintained one of the top defensive units in the country this season, headlined by co-captain Matt Britner. A young group make up the rest of the defensive corps for the Bears in sophomore Laurent Manuel and freshmen Rhett Berstein and Stephen Sawyer. Junior Ben Brackett has helped anchor the midfield this season, notching five goals while junior Ian Premo has added five, including one in the Bears' 2-2 draw with Dartmouth on Saturday. Rounding things out in the middle this season has been junior Brian Joyce and seniors Ibrahim Diane and Keith Caldwell. Junior Jamie Granger has been a huge threat off the bench this season as he has tallied four goals, including one in the Ivy Championship match with Dartmouth.
For ticket information for the game on Saturday, contact the Brown ticket office at 401-863-2773.