KINGSTON, R.I. – The men's soccer head coaches at Brown, Bryant, Providence and Rhode Island have announced the formation of a four-year agreement to participate in the Ocean State Soccer Classic, beginning in the fall of 2010.
"This is a great way to kick-off the fall college season," said Head Coach Pat Laughlin. "It should be a great showcase for collegiate soccer in the state of Rhode Island. The chance for youth players to see these four programs at one site is truly an opportunity that shouldn't be missed."
Modeled after Boston's popular and long-running Beanpot Tournament - which features the city's four traditional college hockey powers (Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern) - the Ocean State Soccer Classic will consist of two semifinal matches, to be held on campus sites, followed by a consolation/championship doubleheader at one of the four schools. The predetermined semifinal match-ups will rotate in a three-year cycle, allowing institutions to play each other at least once every two seasons.
An all-tournament team will highlight the event while a revolving trophy will be presented to each season's champion.
The tournament is currently seeking a corporate sponsorship.
The inaugural OSSC opens on Thursday, Sept. 2 with URI playing at Providence, followed by Brown at Bryant on Friday, Sept. 3. The consolation and championship matches will be played at Brown on Monday, Sept. 6.
Rhode Island at Providence
Brown at Bryant
Consolation / Final at Brown (Providence, R.I.)
Rhode Island at Bryant
Providence at Brown
Consolation / Final at Rhode Island (Kingston, R.I.)
Brown at Rhode Island
Bryant at Providence
Consolation / Final at Bryant (Smithfield, R.I.)
Providence at Rhode Island
Bryant at Brown
Consolation / Final at Providence (Providence, R.I.)