Providence, RI- The Brown University men's soccer team received an At-Large bid in the 2011 Division I Men's Soccer Tournament, as announced by the NCAA on Monday evening. The Bears will host Fairfield University at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 on Stevenson Field. The Bears are making their 26th appearance in the Big Dance, and its sixth in the last seven years.
"We are very happy to be selected by the NCAA for an At-Large bid," said Head Coach Patrick Laughlin. "After winning the Ivy League title on Saturday we were hoping to have another chance to play together as a team. We look forward to playing Fairfield at home on Stevenson Field."
In the final weekend of Ivy League action, four teams were still in the hunt for the league title, but it was the Bears and the Dartmouth Big Green that ended the day as the 2011 Ivy League Co-Champions with 14 points apiece in the league standings with a 4-1-2 record.
Last season, the Bears made a great run in the NCAA Tournament, defeating both Boston College and the University of Connecticut (in penalty kicks) to advance to the Third Round, the farthest the team has progressed since the year 2000. The squad then matched up against the No. 6 ranked California Bears in Berkeley, falling 2-0 at Goldman Field.
This season, the Bears ended the 2011regular season 10-4-3 overall and 4-1-2 in league play with seniors TJ Popolizio (Rexford, NY) and Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) leading the offense. Popolizio has accumulated 18 points on 8 goals and two assists, while Rosa has combined for 10 points on four goals and two assists. Also chipping in with five points are seniors Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA) and Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA), each tallying two goals and an assist.
Junior goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss (Arlington, VA), who has registered eight shutouts and has an overall record of 7-2-3, has led the stingy Brown defense this season. In 1154 minutes he has allowed just seven goals (.55 gaa) and has combined for 37 saves (.841 save percentage). Contributing to the defensive success has been Ryan McDuff (Plano, TX), Alex Markes (Valencia, CA), Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL) and Eric Robertson (San Antonio, TX).