No. 21 Brown Hosts Columbia in Ivy League Opener on Saturday

No. 21 Brown Hosts Columbia in Ivy League Opener on Saturday

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Providence, RI- The No. 21 Brown University men's soccer team (7-1-0) will host Columbia (2-5-1) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Stevenson Field in its first Ivy League game of the 2012 season.

The Bears are coming off a 2-0 weekend at the Husky Classic hosted at the University of Washington. The Bears earned a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 overtime defeat over the host Huskies, and concluded the tournament with a 3-0 win over Portland. Senior midfielder Thomas McNamara was named the Offensive MVP, and Top Drawer Soccer's Midfielder of the Week for his efforts.

Ten different Bears have scored goals this season, with McNamara, Bobby Belair and Eric Robertson each notching two. Voltaire Escalona leads the team in assists with four, while McNamara, Ben Maurey and Jameson Lochhead each have two apiece.

Senior goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss (7-1-0) has shut out six opponents and in his 720:36 of play, and has allowed just four goals. He has earned 15 saves with a .789 save percentage, and has started in all eight contests.

The Lions are looking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to No. 15 St. John's on Tuesday evening. Henning Sauerbier scored his first goal of the season in the 73rd minute and Kofi Agyapong tallied his second assist in the loss.

Prior to facing the Red Storm, Columbia battled LIU-Brooklyn to a 1-1 draw with Andrew Celsus nothing his first goal of the season to even the score in the 73rd minute.

Kyle Jackson and Michael Attal have split time in the net for the Lions. Jackson is 2-2-1 overall, while Attal is 0-3-0. Jackson has competed in 470 minutes and given up six goals and earned 23 saves. Attal has allowed three goals and picked up six saves.

Columbia defeated Brown last season in a thrilling double-overtime match. It was the first win over the Bears for Columbia since 1992.