August 31, 2004

Bears Set For Seventh Annual adidas-Brown Classic

Aug. 31, 2004

Providence, RI - The Brown men's soccer team will open up the home portion of its 2004 schedule by hosting the seventh annual adidas-Brown Classic. The Bears will welcome Ivy foe Yale, Clemson and San Francisco to Stevenson Field, beginning tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 10.

Yale will take on San Francisco in the first game of the Tournament, set to begin at 5 p.m. on the 10th. Brown will then play Clemson at 7:35 p.m. in a game which will be televised live by Cox 3. The action will continue on Sunday, Sept. 12 with the Bulldogs taking on the Tigers at 11 a.m.

The Classic will conclude with a showdown between the Bears and the Dons at 1:30 p.m. All kids wearing their youth soccer jerseys will be admitted for free in celebration of Ocean State Youth Soccer Day. In addition, the first 500 kids in attendance will receive a free plush mini soccer ball.

Brown will welcome back Clemson Head Coach Trevor Adair, formerly the Bears' head coach from 1991-94. Adair, who has been at the helm of the Tigers program for nine years, has led his teams to four NCAA Final Eight appearances in the past ten years (including one at Brown in 1994). With a healthy roster as well as key newcomers, Adair feels that this season's team can bring the Tigers back into contention for an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

San Francisco looks to be one of the top teams in the highly competitive West Coast Conference this season after its 9-10-1 showing a year ago. A very athletic team at every position, Head Coach Erik Visser's team will be comprised of some solid seniors with a top recruiting class and a young nucleus of sophomores and juniors that saw action last season.

Yale loses only two starters from last year's team that won 10 games and was second in the Ivy League, the Bulldogs best finish since 1998. Head Coach Brian Tompkins squad features a balanced attack with five of last year's top six scorers returning, along with the majority of a defense that yielded only 18 goals in 17 games.

With Brown's entire senior class consisting of All-Ivy honorees, expectations are high for Head Coach Mike Noonan's team once again. Last season marked the team's return to dominance in the Ivy League after it captured its seventh Ivy League Title in the past ten years with an undefeated conference mark of 6-0-1. The Bears made their 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament as well and finished the season with a 10-4-3 overall record, including eight shutouts.

Senior defender Jeff Larentowicz and senior goalkeeper Chris Gomez return for their final year and will serve as the team's captains. Both were chosen to the All-Ivy First Team as well as the All-New England First Team. Larentowicz was also named a Second Team All-American. The 2004 squad features several players who have both the experience and the needed talent to put points up on the board.

Senior midfielder Marcos Romaneiro had a breakout season last year, finishing second on the team in scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points. Noonan will look to Romaneiro to orchestrate the offense, which will be aided junior Ibrahim Diane and sophomore Andrew Daniels.

Brown first began the Classic in 1997. While Yale has been a participant for six straight, a growing list of some of the top teams in the country have come to Providence to take part in the Classic. The Bears won their first adidas-Classic Title in 2000 by defeating Lafayette 1-0 and Richmond 2-1. Brown's second title came in 2003 when it was victorious over 2002 NCAA Finalist Stanford, 2-1. The Bears captured the crown in the second day of competition with a 4-3 thrilling win over Wisconsin-Madison.

To order tickets for the seventh annual adidas-Brown Classic call the Brown Ticket Office today at 401-863-2773.

Past Adidas-Brown Classic Winners
1997-Cal-Berkerley
1998-Yale
1999-Yale
2000-Brown
2001-Cancelled (due to 9/11 tragedy)
2002-Yale
2003-Brown