Providence, RI- Senior midfielder Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) knocked in a penalty kick in the 23rd minute to help lead the No. 24 Brown men's soccer team (1-0) to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Rhode Island Rams (0-2) in the annual Ocean State Classic. The Bears will now face Providence College in the championship game at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3.
Senior goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss (Arlington, VA) earned the win for the Bears picking up three saves in net, while Rhode Island's keeper, Adam Blanchard, had a busy night earning eight saves for the Rams. The Bears ended the game with a 16-11 advantage in shots and a 10-3 lead in shots on goal.
Rhode Island, who picked up three yellow cards in the first 45 minutes of play, led the game in fouls, 14-11, while also edging Brown in corner kicks, 5-4.
In the second half, Rhode Island nearly tied the game up when junior Joey Haught put one past Kernan-Schloss. However, the goal was called back after an offsides penalty was called on the Rams.
The Bears continued to put pressure on URI as McNamara and junior Voltaire Escalona (Blue Bell, PA) both had great looks at the net around the 19 minute mark. McNamara's shot was picked up by Blanchard, while Escalona's bullet went just wide.
Rhody came back down the field three minutes later and got past the Bears tough defensive line. Senior forward Jamie Eckmayer was face to face with Kernan-Schloss to try to even the score but his shot sailed wide.
The win improved Brown's all-time record against Rhode Island to 37-13-2, and put the Bears at 46-33-8 all-time in series openers.
McNamara led Brown's offense with four shots, including three on goal, and Bobby Belair (Myrtle Beach, SC) had three.