Philip A. Solomita
Hometown: Garden City, NY
Team: Soccer

Philip A. Solomita '65
Garden City, NY
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Philip A. Solomita ’65 had the distinction of playing on three straight Ivy League championship teams at Brown in soccer. Defense was the key to Brown’s success those years – and Solomita was the key to the defense. The native of Garden City, L.I., played center fullback in Coach Cliff Stevenson’s 5-2-3 defense, sometimes as a sweeper and occasionally as a rover back. Although a rugged athlete, Solomita relied more on finesse than on strength. He was skilled, fast, loved the game, and just never made mistakes. Although backs seldom score, Solomita put in the longest shot Coach Stevenson has ever seen, a 60-yard bullet from mid-field that tied Yale, 1-1, at New Haven in 1964. Solomita was a two-time All-Ivy and All-New England player and made first team All-American as a senior, when he captained the Bruins. “Solomita was in on the renaissance of Brown soccer,” Coach Stevenson says, “and he was one of the key men who got us going.” When he was a senior in high school, Solomita wrote and scored an entire concert. His play on the soccer field over the next four years at Brown was music to Coach Stevenson’s ears.