October 23, 2010

Grandstrand Sets Single Season Shutout Record With 2-0 Victory over Cornell

Providence, RI- Senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) earned his 10th shutout of the season to not only help lead the No. 14 Brown men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Cornell (4-6-4, 0-3-1), but also to become Brown's new all-time leader in shutouts in a season.

Sophomore midfielder Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) scored both goals for the No. 14 ranked Bears tonight, as Brown improved to 9-1-3 on the year and moved to 2-1-1 in the Ivy League.

Cornell came out aggressive and challenged Bruno right away on Stevenson Field tonight as Big Red junior midfielder Jimmy Lannon fired off a quick shot just 32 seconds into the contest, but Grandstrand was there with his first of six saves.

The Big Red tallied another shot in the fourth minute but Brown's stingy backline blocked it and sent the ball down the field. Senior defender David Walls (Leeds, England) posted the Bears' first shot of the night just a minute later after a Cornell foul, but sophomore goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer made his first save of the evening.

The third time was a charm for McNamara, as he blasted a shot on goal at the 12:07 mark that was saved by Pflasterer, and got off another at the 14:11 mark that was blocked. But McNamara converted his third attempt at the 25:46 mark after junior midfielder Taylor Gorman (Freeport, ME) attacked near post and passed the ball low across the goal to McNamara, who was running full speed to beat his defender and ripped one into the net to give the Bears a 1-0 edge.

The Bears continued to keep the pressure on the Big Red, tallying 10 shots (three on goal) to Cornell's five (two on goal) in the first 45 minutes. After a few more solid looks on goal, which included shots by sophomore defender Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL), Gorman and McNamara, but Cornell held off the attack as the Bears went into halftime with a one-goal lead.

Both squads came out after the half with intensity and traded shots, but the Bears would get on the scoreboard again in the 64th minute when junior midfielder Rob Medairos (Stafford, VA) lofted the ball over the Cornell defense. McNamara quickly charged at the ball defeating two defenders to the ball and placed it far post past Pflasterer to give Brown a 2-0 lead.

The Bears earned a 19-12 advantage in shots for the game, a 9-7 lead in the second half, and dominated the Big Red in corner kicks, 13-6. Cornell's Pflasterer and Brown's Grandstrand each recorded six saves in net.

Brown is back in action at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 when it hosts Holy Cross. Then, Bruno heads to Philadelphia to take on Penn at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.