November 21, 2010

Bears Travel to UConn for Second Round NCAA Tournament Game

 Providence, RI- After earning a 2-1 victory over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, the Brown men's soccer team will take on Connecticut at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Morrone Stadium. Free video will be provided, and the voice of the Bears, Mike Rubin, will be calling the action on Brownbears.com. Gametracker will also be available at no cost.

Senior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) netted a goal just 10 minutes into the game to give the Bears a 1-0 edge over the Eagles in Brown's first-round game. BC's Kyle Bekker tallied the equalizer at the 40-minute mark, but junior Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) earned the game-winner just two minutes later as the Bears garnered the win.

Junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) leads the Bears attack with 16 points on six goals and four assists, as Okafor followed with five goals and three assists for 13 points. Each have scored three-game winners.

Brown's back line of senior captain David Walls, Ryan McDuff, Dylan Remick and Eric Robertson has been tough all season, conceding just eight goals during the regular season. Senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) has set a Brown record with his 11 shutouts this season, and is currently tied for shutouts in a career with 24. He has played 1680:00 minutes in goal, and has a paltry 0.48 goals against average and an .866 save percentage with 58 on the year.

The Bears are 32-26 in NCAA Tournament games, as this year marks their 25th appearance in the tournament, including its eighth in the last 11 years. Last year, the Bears hosted Stony Brook in the first-round and defeated the Seawolves 1-0 in overtime, but fell to the fifth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels, 2-0.

Seven Bears received All-Ivy honors after the conclusion of the 2010 regular season. Grandstrand, Remick and Rosa received First Team All-Ivy accolades, as Walls and sophomore Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) were selected to the Second Team and Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA) and Rob Medairos (Stafford, VA) received Honorable Mention All-Ivy.

The Huskies are led this year by Tony Cascio, who was named the 2010 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, as he is leading the Huskies with 10 goals and six assists for 26 points. Carlos Alvarez, who was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, leads the BIG EAST Conference with 14 assists.

UConn's Josh Ford was named the 2010 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year after posting 11 shutouts en route to a record-breaking season. Ford owns the UConn records in career wins (54), career shutouts (50) and consecutive starts (84). He currently ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 271 career saves.