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Providence, RI- Brown University men's soccer coach Pat Laughlin has recently announced his team's 2011 schedule. A total of 17 games will be played, including seven on Stevenson Field. The Bears finished the 2010 season 12-4-4 overall and ranked 10th in the nation after falling in the third round of the NCAA Tournament to the No. 6 California Bears.
"Our 2011 schedule, once again sees us facing some of the highest quality men's soccer teams in the country," said Laughlin. "We are excited by the challenges ahead, and are looking forward to the tests that we will face both in the Ivy League and from our out-of-conference opposition. Brown Men's Soccer has become accustomed to a competitive and high-level schedule both home and away, and 2011 is no exception."
Brown's 2011 slate does not start off easy as Bruno will open up with the cross-town rival Providence College of the Big East Conference during the annual Ocean State Classic on Friday, Sept. 2 at 3 p.m.. The Friars finished the 2010 season ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA poll after falling to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Brown will then challenge either Rhode Island or Bryant to close out the tournament in Kingston on Monday, Sept. 5 at 5 or 7 p.m.
The Bears will host its annual Brown Soccer Classic as George Mason, Temple and Holy Cross will challenge for the championship in Providence. Brown will matchup against George Mason of the Colonial Athletic Association on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., and will then close out the tournament with a game against Temple of the Atlantic 10 at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.
Then, Bruno will hit the road to take on SEC foes in South Carolina and Kentucky in their third tournament of the young season. The Bears will take on the SEC's Gamecocks at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, and then the Wildcats at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Brown hosts both Boston University (Sept. 23) and Boston College (Sept. 27) before beginning its Ivy League season on the road at Columbia at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Next, Brown heads to St. John's for a 7 p.m. kick-off on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and will head back home to challenge No. 24 Princeton for a 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8.
The Bears will travel north to challenge Harvard for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday, Oct. 15, and will then host Cornell at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. The Bears will wrap up non-conference action on Tuesday, Oct. 25 against the Crusaders of Holy Cross, and will end its Ivy League schedule with Penn (Oct. 29) at home, Yale (Nov. 5) away, and will end the regular season with No. 16 Dartmouth on Stevenson Field on Nov. 12.
Dates and times are tentative and subject to change ... check brownbears.com for updates!