Providence, RI- The No. 14 Brown University men's soccer team received an At-Large bid in the 2010 Division I Men's Soccer Tournament, as announced by the NCAA on Monday evening. The Bears will host No. 21 Boston College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, at Stevenson Field. The Bears are making its 25th appearance in the Big Dance, and its eighth trip in the last 11 years.
"We are excited to be selected as an at-large team for the NCAA Tournament," said first-year Head Coach Patrick Laughlin. "The Ivy League is very competitive and it is good to see this being recognized with four teams in the tournament. We are looking forward to the challenge of playing Boston College."
The Bears ended the regular season with an 11-3-3 overall record and earned a 3-3-1 mark in the Ivy League for fourth place. Senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) has been instrumental in the team's success this season, as he helped lead the team to 11 shutouts while setting a new Brown single-season shutout record. Grandstrand has combined for 24 shutouts in his career, and needs just one more to break the Brown University school record, which is held by Matt Cross '01. Grandstrand has allowed just eight goals in Brown's 17 games played for a 0.45 goals against average, and has picked up 54 saves for a .871 save percentage.
Junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) leads the offense with 16 points on six goals (three game-winners) and four assists. Following behind is senior forward Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) with 11 points on four goals (three game-winners) and three assists. Brown has lit up for 27 goals this season as 11 different Bears have added to the scoring. The Bears are averaging 16.8 shots per game and are scoring 1.59 goals per game.
Brown made an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Tournament after finishing the regular season 11-3-5 overall and earning second place in the Ivy League with a 5-2-0 record. Brown hosted Stony Brook in the first-round, and defeated the Seawolves 1-0 in overtime. It was Rosa's goal in the 103rd minute of play that put the Bears on top, and advanced the squad to Chapel Hill to take on the No. 5 seeded Tar Heels. The Bears lost 2-0 to North Carolina after goals by Billy Schuler and Alex Dixon.
Boston College finished the year with a 10-4-5 overall record with a 2-2-4 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The No. 21 Eagles are coming off a 1-0 loss to the No. 4 North Carolina in the ACC Semifinals last weekend. Prior to the loss to the Tar Heels, BC was on a two-game winning streak with victories over Virginia Tech (3-1) and No. 19 Duke (1-0).
The winner will then travel to Storrs for a 1 p.m. game against the UConn on Sunday, Nov. 21.
For the second year in a row, four Ivy League men's soccer teams have been selected to the NCAA Championship field. It is the first time four Ivy League teams have appeared in the NCAA Championship field in back-to-back years since the 1971 and 1972 seasons. Overall, 2010 marks the sixth time four or more Ivy teams have made the NCAA Championship field (five teams made the 1977 tournament).