November 15, 2005

Scott Geppert Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year

Nov. 15, 2005

Princeton, NJ - Brown freshman forward Scott Geppert (Coppell, TX) has been named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year in a vote by the league's eight head coaches on Tuesday. In addition, the Bears had three players selected to the All-Ivy First Team. Sophomore defender Matt Britner was just one of two unanimous selections on the first team while junior forward Andrew Daniels and junior midfielder Ben Brackett were also voted First Team All-Ivy.

A total of five players received All-Ivy Honorable Mentions for the Bears: Geppert and senior Keith Caldwell at the forward position; Juniors Brian Joyce and Ian Premo at midfield and freshman Rhett Bernstein on defense.

Geppert has played in all 16 games, starting 13 for the Bears. His team-high 14 points ranks fourth in the league and first among all rookies in the Ancient Eight. His four goals are tied for third on the team and tied for tenth in the Ivies. In addition, his six assists are tied for the team and league-lead with teammate Brian Joyce. Geppert has tallied three game-winning goals, tops on the team and third in the league. He tallied two goals and five assists in Ivy contests, including a one goal, two-assist performance against Harvard. Geppert was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week twice (9/6, 9/19) this season.

Britner, the anchor of the young Brown defense, has played and started in all 16 games as the team's co-captain. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime against Cornell back on Oct. 22. He was named the Ivy Player of the Week twice (9/12, 10/24) this season and was also tabbed the ECAC Player of the Week (10/24). Britner was named the Defensive MVP of the adidas/Brown Classic.

Brackett stepped up into the midfield this season after starting every game last year in the backfield. Second on the team and tied for sixth in the Ivy League in goal scoring with five, he ranks third on the team with 11 total points. He was named to both the adidas/Brown Classic and Coastal Carolina/adidas Invite All-Tournament Teams. He scored his first goal of the season against George Mason at the adidas/Brown Classic and Tallied the game-winning goal along with an assist in a 2-0 win over VCU at the Coastal Carolina/adidas Invite. In addition, he recorded the game-tying goal in the Ivy opener against Columbia.

Daniels has registered a team-high six goals this season, which is tied for fourth in the league. Second on the team in points with 13, he scored a goal in three out of four games towards the end of the season, leading Brown to a share of its 18th Ivy Title. Daniels tallied a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win at Harvard. He also registered the game-tying goal in a 1-1 tie with Providence College and scored the game-winning goal against Penn.

Caldwell has played in all 16 games, making 12 starts. His four assists rank fourth on the team and are tied for eighth in the Ivy League. All four of his assists came in Ivy play, including one in the Ivy Championship match against Dartmouth last weekend.

Joyce has played in all 16 games, earning 15 starts. Tied for the team and league-lead with six assists, he is fourth overall on the team with 10 points this season. Four of his six assists came in Ivy play while he pieced together a four-game point-scoring streak in the middle of the season. He was also named to the Coastal Carolina/adidas Invite All-Tournament Team.

Premo has had a breakout season, scoring four goals along with one assist for nine points, which ranks fifth on the team. He tallied a goal and an assist in the Ivy Championship game against Dartmouth last weekend. In addition, he scored the game-winning goal against George Mason in the second round of the Brown/adidas Classic and the game-winner against Princeton as well.

Bernstein has been a huge part of the young Brown defense that allowed six goals in Ivy play this season, playing in 15 games, earning 13 starts. Named to the adidas/Brown Classic All-Tournament Team, Bernstein registered his first collegiate goal against Princeton.

Brown will host in-state rival Rhode Island on Saturday at 1 p.m. in an NCAA Division I First Round showdown. This will be Brown's 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament after it received an at-large bid into the tournament. The team finished the year 10-4-2 overall.

For the first time in history, there was a three-way tie for the Ivy Title as Brown, Dartmouth and Yale all earned a share of the Championship. All three teams will be playing in the tournament while this year also marks the first time all three Rhode Island Division I schools (Brown, Providence College and URI) advanced to the Big Dance.

Tickets for Saturday's game can be purchased through the Brown Ticket Office by calling 401-863-2773.

First Team All-Ivy
F - Charles Altcheck, Harvard (Jr., Rye, N.Y.)
F - Andrew Daniels, Brown (Jr. Milwaukee, Wisc.)
F - Darren Spicer, Princeton (Sr., Diamond Bar, Calif.)
M - Ben Brackett, Brown (Jr., West Des Moines, Iowa)
M - *Alex Munns, Yale (Jr., Des Moines, Iowa)
M - P.J. Scheufele, Dartmouth (Sr., Plymouth, Mass.)
D - *Matt Britner, Brown (So., Halifax, Nova Scotia)
D - Jake Miller, Yale (Jr., San Rafael, Calif.)
D - Lucas Richardson, Dartmouth (Jr., Englewood, Colo.)
D - Jame Wunsch, Princeton (Jr., Londonderry, N.H.)
GK - Rowan Anders, Dartmouth (Jr., Qualicum Beach, British Columbia)
* - Unanimous selection

Second Team All-Ivy
F - Gage Hills, Yale (Jr., Mill Valley, Calif.)
F - Darnell Nance, Dartmouth (Sr., Stoughton, Mass.)
F - Kuda Wekwete, Cornell (Sr., West Orange, N.J.)
M - Matt Care, Princeton (Fr., Newtown, Pa.)
M - Derek Hobson, Penn (So., San Diego, Calif.)
M - John Mulhern, Columbia (Jr., Smithtown, N.Y.)
M - John Rhodes, Penn (Sr., Mendham, N.J.)
M - Nick Tornaritis, Harvard (Sr., Groton, Mass.)
D - Tom Heinbockel, Columbia (So., Seaford, N.Y.)
D - Sekou Cox, Columbia (Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
D - Blake Lindberg, Columbia (Sr., New Orleans, La.)
GK - Bobby Guelich, Princeton (Sr., Edina, Minn.)

Honorable Mention
F - Keith Caldwell, Brown (Sr., Braintree, Mass.); Scott Geppert, Brown (Fr., Coppell, Texas); Mike Klein, Penn (Fr., Brookfield, Wisc.)
M - Jon Abelson, Penn (Sr., Scarsdale, N.Y.); Jon Carlos, Yale (Fr., Southbury, Conn.); Tyler Guse, Yale (Fr., Madison, Wisc.); Brian Joyce, Brown (Jr., Bethesda, Md.); Brian Lappas, Dartmouth (So., Hillsborough, N.C.); Mike Ordonez, Dartmouth (So., Coral Gables, Fla.); Ian Premo, Brown (Jr., Florence, Mass.); Pape Seye, Cornell (Sr., Dakar, Senegal); Joe Yonga, Cornell (Fr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.); Ben Young, Princeton (Sr., Chevy Chase, Md.)
D - Rhett Bernstein, Brown (Fr., San Diego, Calif.); Will Craig, Harvard (Sr., Federal Way, Wash.); Matt Kontos, Princeton (So., Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.); Kyle Lynch, Cornell (So., Fairfax, Va.); Jordan Rieger, Yale (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.); Keith Vereb, Penn (So., Bowie, Md.)
GK- Erik Geiger, Yale (So., Chatham, N.J.)

Player of the Year
Charles Altcheck, Harvard (Jr., Rye, N.Y.)

Rookie of the Year
Scott Geppert, Brown (Fr., Coppell, Texas )