November 15, 2009

Bears Dominate Dartmouth in 3-0 Senior Day Victory

Providence, RI- In its final game of the 2009 regular season, the Brown men’s soccer team (10-2-5, 5-2-0) dominated Dartmouth College 3-0 in front of a huge crowd at Stevenson Field this afternoon. The 3-0 loss Dartmouth suffered today was its largest margin of defeat this season, as Brown locked up a second-place finish in Ivy League standings with its win. Four Brown seniors were honored prior to kick-off; Nick Elenz-Martin (Encinitas, CA), T.J. Thompson (Atkinson, NH), Jarrod Schlenker (Cranford, NJ) and Thomas Thunell (Columbia, SC).

The Bears came out with intensity and dominated the game from the very start. Brown fired off five shots in the first 10 minutes of play before Dartmouth even had a glimpse of Brown’s goal. It was at the 15:21 mark when Brown got on the scoreboard first for a 1-0 advantage. Elenz-Martin crossed the ball from the right side of the field to freshman Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NJ), who then drove the ball past Big Green goalkeeper Sean Donovan to the low right corner of the net.

Dartmouth finally took its first shot of the game at the 19:25 mark, but junior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) made his first of two saves to keep the Big Green scoreless. Just eight minutes later at 27:21, sophomore Taylor Gorman (Freeport, ME) ran up the left side of the field and received a cross from Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) in the box and drilled it to the low right corner to increase Bruno’s lead to 2-0.

The Big Green had a few more looks on goal, but Brown’s defense wouldn’t crack as the Bears went into halftime with a 2-0 lead. The Bears outshot Dartmouth 8-6 in the first 45 minutes, and also held a 1-0 advantage in corner kicks.

The Bears didn’t let up in the second half and continued its tenacious play on both ends of the field. Both teams fired off some shots on goal, but neither could find the back of the net. After a Dartmouth ejection for misconduct at the 69:03 mark, Brown sophomore Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) headed one past Donavan to secure the team’s third goal of the game. Assists were credited to both Elenz-Martin and sophomore Jay Hayward (Acton, MA)

The Bears will now wait to see if their season will go on as the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship selections will be announced live on ESPNews, Monday, Nov. 16, between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.