Nov. 14, 2006
Providence, RI - Brown soccer fans hoping to catch the Bears' match against the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday need not despair, as the game will be broadcast LIVE on Brownbears.com. The broadcast duo of Mike Rubin '00 and Mike Mancuso '98 will call the action from Koskinen Stadium, beginning with the pregame show at 6:50 p.m. until kickoff at 7 p.m.
The Bears (11-4-3) have played Duke (16-3-1) twice before, both at Stevenson Field. The most recent was an NCAA Tournament game as well, which Brown won 1-0 in 2000. The two teams tied 1-1 in their first meeting, a regular season game in 1980.
The Bears are hoping to keep a season alive during which they finished third in the Ivy League with a 3-2-2 record. They were ranked as high as No. 14 in the country during the season, and had key wins against then-ranked Boston University and Colgate. Senior forward Andrew Daniels (Milwaukee, WI) and sophomore back Rhett Bernstein (San Diego, CA) were both named first team All-Ivy, while senior midfielder Brian Joyce (Silver Spring, MD) and senior back Ben Brackett (West Des Moines, IA) both made second team.
This season, the Blue Devils won both the ACC regular season and tournament championships for the first time since 1999. They are led by junior midfielder Michael Videira, a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, which recognizes the top player in collegiate soccer. Videira, considered a favorite for the Hermann, was named the MVP of the ACC Tournament and was a first team All-ACC selection after scoring six goals and six assists in 20 games. He was joined on the first team All-ACC by sophomore forward Mike Grella, who scored the game-winner in the ACC Tournament Championship game against Wake Forest in overtime. Grella led the Blue Devils with 11 goals and 26 points this season.
Brown played the tournament's number one seed in the second round last season as well. After defeating the University of Rhode Island at home, the Bears traveled to College Park, Maryland, to play the University of Maryland. The co-Ivy Champions put up a great effort, falling 1-0 to the eventual NCAA Champions.
Wednesday's winner will play the winner of URI and Lehigh.