Providence, RI- The Brown University men's soccer team is hosting their annual Dunkin' Donuts Brown Soccer Classic presented by Academy Bus this weekend as Holy Cross, George Mason and Temple are in Providence looking to challenge the Bears for the title. The tournament kicks off tonight with Holy Cross and Temple playing at 5 p.m., while the Bears challenge the George Mason Patriots at 7:30 p.m. The tournament ends on Sunday with George Mason and Holy Cross starting out the day with a 12 p.m. kick-off, followed by Brown and Temple at 2:30 p.m.
The first 100 fans in the gates for the Brown v. George Mason game tonight will receive a free slice of pizza, and the first 500 fans receive a free water bottle! There will also be a jersey raffle with the winner being announced in the second half. On Sunday, the first 200 fans will receive a rally towel, so come out and support your Brown soccer team!
Live stats will be provided for all soccer games this weekend, and live video will be available (for a fee) for the Brown games. You can also listen to Mike Rubin and Mike Mancuso calling the action live on Brown Radio for the games vs. the Bears.
The Bears are heading into this weekend 1-1 after opening up last weekend at the Ocean State Classic. Brown came out with a 1-0 loss to cross-town rival Providence College, but came back strong with a dominating 3-0 win over Bryant. Senior forward Sean Rosa and junior midfielder Thomas McNamara earned All-Tournament Team honors for their efforts over the weekend.
Scoring for the Bears against Bryant was Rosa, senior TJ Popolizio, and McNamara, while earning assists was senior Taylor Gorman, junior Dylan Remick and sophomore Jose Salama. Freshman Alex Carr has started both in goal playing all 180 minutes. He has given up just one goal, earned two saves and has faced 12 shots for a .50 goals against average.
The Bears have competed against George Mason just once, and came out with a 3-1 victory on Sept. 11 in 2005 during the Brown Soccer Classic. Brown has never played against Temple, and the Bears are 5-0 against Holy Cross surrendering just one goal to the Crusaders.
George Mason is coming off an 8-7-2 record and a seventh place 4-5-2 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Patriots have jumped out to a great start in 2011, winning the D.C. College Cup Title and earning CAA Player and Rookie of the Week awards.
George Mason junior Taylor Morgan contributed three goals, including the game-winner in both contests and three assists in the two matches last weekend to be named the Player of the Week. Valimaa tallied a goal and four assists over the weekend for the Patriots and was named to the All-Tournament team with Morgan.
Holy Cross arrives in Providence 0-2-1 and is coming off losses to Boston University and Sacred Heart, but tied Dartmouth College 0-0 in double overtime. The Crusaders ended the 2010 season with a 3-10-5 record and were 0-4-3 in the Patriot League. The squad returned seven starters and 16 letterwinners, and will look to its four seniors to anchor the team's defense; Jordan Michael, Joey Curran, Vincent Garofalo and Tony Rosales.
Michael Thompson has started in goal all three games and played all 290 minutes. He allowed 3 goals, and tallied 13 saves for a 0.93 goals against average and a .812 save percentage.
The Temple Owls are coming off a strong defensive effort last week in their season opening 1-0 win over Lafayette. Freshman Bobby Rosato backed the effort his defense put forth by securing the shutout victory, making two saves in goal. Junior Cody Calafiore, a selection to this season's Hermann Watch-List, provided the offense when he converted the game-winning penalty kick in the 60th minute. 1-0 win marked the first time