No. 13 Mens Soccer Hosts Holy Cross in Final Non-League Game
Providence, RI- The No. 13 Brown University men's soccer team will host Holy Cross at 7:00 p.m. tonight on Stevenson Field in its final non-conference game of the 2010 season. The Bears are coming off two consecutive wins this past week improving to 9-1-3 on the year, while Holy Cross arrives in Providence with a 3-9-3 record.
Sophomore midfielder Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) helped the Bears to two victories this past week, including a 3-1 win over Hartwick on Tuesday night and a 2-0 Ivy League shutout of Cornell on Saturday. McNamara was instrumental for Brown against the Big Red, scoring both goals and helping guide the Bears to their tenth shutout of the season to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors.
Junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) leads the Bears' offense with 13 points on five goals and three assists, while senior forward Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) follows with nine points on three goals and three assists.
The Bears have boasted a stingy defense that has allowed just five goals in 13 games this year. Senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) has led the effort with a 9-1-3 record, and picked up his 10th shutout to set a new Brown soccer record. His save percentage (.907) ranks second in the country, while his goals against average (0.37) rank third.
Holy Cross enters tonight's game with just three wins on the season, as the Crusaders have not won a game since its 4-3 double overtime win at Albany on Sept. 29. Senior midfielder Jon Werth has started and played in 12 games and is currently leading the offense with 11 points on a team-best three goals and five assists. Freshman forward Kevin O'Connell and senior defender Tom Can Grinsven has also chipped in with three goals.
Sophomore Evan Polanik has seen the majority of action in goal this year, playing 1313:21 minutes for a 3-9-2 record. He has accumulated 70 saves for a .737 save percentage, and has allowed 25 goals for a 1.71 goals against average.
Tonight is Brown's last non-conference game, as the Bears will have just three games left in the regular season. The Bears currently sit in third place in the Ivy League standings, while No. 14 Penn and No. 20 Princeton are in first place.