December 10, 2010

Four Bears Earn NSCAA All-Northeast Region Team Honors

Providence, RI- Seniors Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) and David Walls (Leeds. England), as well as junior Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) and sophomore Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) were named to the 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Northeast Region team the association announced on Thursday. Grandstrand and Rosa received Second Team honors, while Walls and McNamara were named to the Third Team.

Grandstrand, Walls and Rosa helped lead the Brown men's soccer team to its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance this year, including three in the last four years. The Bears made it to the third round of the tournament, but fell to No. 6 California as the squad finished with a 12-4-4 overall record.

Grandstrand earned First Team All-Ivy honors this season and played every minute of every game this fall for the Bears. Grandstrand finished the year allowing just 12 goals for a 0.57 goals-against-average, and tallied 69 saves to earn a .852 save percentage. He shut out 11 teams this season, which set a new Brown University single-season shutout record, and tied the record for shutouts in a career with 24. Grandstrand was also an All-Tournament team selection in the Ocean State Classic, and was also both the Ivy League Player of the Week and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 13.

Walls was a dominating force for Brown's backline as he earned Second Team All-Ivy honors as a defender. This season he helped lead a Brown defense that earned 11 shutouts and conceded 12 goals in 20 games. He started and played in 17 games for the Bears and scored two goals and handed out two assists this season.

Rosa started in all 20 games for Brown and was the team's leading scorer with 17 points on 6 goals (including three game-winners) and five assists. The First Team All-Ivy forward, was named the Offensive MVP of both the Ocean State Classic and the Brown Soccer Classic this season, and also earned a spot on the Top Drawer Soccer Men's Team of the Week after scoring a goal and handing out a pair of assists in a 3-0 win over Vermont. He earned the honor again after notching a goal and an assist in Bruno's 4-1 win over Yale.

McNamara, a Second Team All-Ivy midfielder for the Bears, assisted on Brown's game-winning goal in its 2-1 victory over Boston College in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. He started in 18 of 20 games and netted three goals and dished out four assists for 10 points on the year. He scored both goals in Brown's 2-0 win over Cornell and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Ocean State Classic. McNamara also received CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District honors.