Match 1: Brown vs. Bryant
Friday, Sept. 6 – 7 p.m.
Match 2: Brown at Providence
Sunday, Sept. 8 – 4 p.m.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The 20th-ranked Brown University men's soccer team opens up the 2013 season with the fourth annual Ocean State Classic this weekend, hosting Bryant University on Friday before traveling to Providence College on Sunday. The Bears are set to host the Bulldogs in the season and home opener at 7 p.m. on Friday at Stevenson Field, and will then visit the Friars at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Glay Field. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.
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AT A GLANCE
The Bears welcome back 17 letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that finished 13-3-3 overall and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Brown has been a model of success throughout the Ivy League and national landscape in recent years, earning trips to the NCAA Tournament in seven of the past eight seasons, including Ivy League titles in 2005, 2007 and 2011. In 2012, Brown tied the school record for shutouts in a single season, notching 11 for the third year in a row and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Bears are 46-33-8 in season openers all-time and are 2-1 under the direction of fourth-year head coach Patrick Laughlin. The Bears opened up the 2012 season with a 1-0 shutout over Rhode Island at home to kick off a three-match winning streak.
OCEAN STATE CLASSIC
The fourth-annual Ocean State Classic will once again feature Rhode Island's four NCAA Division I programs in a tournament between Brown, Providence College, Rhode Island and Bryant. The Bears claimed the 2012 title on a pair of 1-0 shutouts over URI and Providence. Dylan Remick was named the MVP of the tournament, while teammates Alex Markes (Valencia, CA), Tariq Akeel (Rochester Hills, MI) and Eric Robertson earned All-Tournament team honors.
OCEAN STATE CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
2010: Providence 1, Brown 1 (Providence, R.I./at Brown)*
2011: Providence 1, Rhode Island 0 (Kingston, R.I./ot)
2012: Brown 1, Providence 0 (Kingston, R.I.)
* - Providence won PK's (5-4) to take OSSC title
NEW OCEAN STATE SOCCER CLASSIC FORMAT
Due to construction on the Providence College campus, the format for the 2013 OSSC has been changed to a series of predetermined games. Brown will host Bryant (7 p.m.) and Rhode Island will host Providence (7 p.m.) on Friday, Sept. 6 in first round action. On Sunday, Sept. 8, Providence will play host to Brown (4 p.m.) and URI will host Bryant (7 p.m.).
The championship will be awarded based on points accumulated throughout the weekend. Teams will be awarded three points for a win and one point for a tie. Head-to-head results will serve as the tiebreaker. If head-to-head results do not resolve the tie, co-champions will be announced. On Monday, Sept. 9 the 2013 Ocean State Classic All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP will be announced.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Bryant heads to College Hill with a 1-1 record after topping Lafayette, 3-0, on the road in the season opener before falling at Lehigh, 2-1, on Sunday. The Bulldogs open the 2013 season with a five-game road stretch before facing Rider on Sunday, Sept. 15 in the team's home opener. Junior Connor Norat led the way in the season-opening victory by posting a goal along with an assist. Norat also notched the team's lone goal in the loss at Lehigh and ranks second in the Northeast Conference with five points on the season. Bryant finished the 2012 campaign at 6-8-2 in the program's first full season of NCAA Division I eligibility and was picked to finish fifth in the 2013 NEC Preseason Poll.
SCOUTING THE FRIARS
Providence enters the weekend slate with a 2-0 record following a pair of victories over Quinnipiac, 3-2, and most recently at Holy Cross, 2-1, on Sunday. Freshman Julian Gressel as named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after notching a pair of goals and one assist in the first two games. In 2012, Providence finished 4-10-2 overall and 2-6-0 in conference action. The Friars return 16 letterwinners from last year's squad and welcome nine newcomers to the team.
The Bears have been ranked 18th in the National Soccer Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll, but have since dropped to 20 before their season has started. This marks the team's third preseason ranking in as many years after the Bears were selected 11th in 2011 and 24th in 2012.
After the Ocean State Soccer Classic, the Bears return home to play host to No. 19 Washington on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.