Providence, RI- The Brown University men's soccer team was ranked No. 11 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll released this afternoon. The Bears will open up their season in the second annual Ocean State Classic at Providence College on Friday, Sept. 2 at 12:00 p.m., and will then play either Rhode Island or Bryant on Monday, Sept. 5.
The Bears will return nine starters from last season's team that finished with a 12-4-4 overall record and made its 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The squad defeated Boston College, which the NSCAA ranked No. 25 in its preseason poll, 2-1 on Stevenson Field, and went on to upset Connecticut in penalty kicks to compete in the Sweet 16 against the California Bears.