Sept. 15, 2003
The men's soccer team swept this week's Ivy League honors with senior Adom Crew (Columbia, MD) being selected as the Player of the Week and freshman Matt Britner (Halifax, Nova Scotia) earning Rookie of the Week honors. The Bears captured the adidas-Brown Classic Title over the weekend, defeating #19 Stanford 2-1 on Friday and Wisconsin-Madison 4-3 on Sunday. The Bears entered this week's Division I National Poll ranked 17th in the country.
Crew returned to the Bears' line-up with a bang this weekend as Brown opened up the 2003 season, hosting its sixth annual adidas-Brown Classic and captured the title with wins over Stanford and Wisconsin-Madison. Crew, who went down with a season-ending injury last year just eight games into the season, scored the game-winning goal with just 19 seconds left in the game against Wisconsin-Madison on Sunday. He was named the Offensive MVP of the Classic and to the All-Tournament Team as he finished the weekend with two goals, both coming in the Wisconsin game, and added an assist in Brown's 2-1 win over 2002 NCAA College Cup Finalist, #19 Stanford. Crew has now recorded a point in eight straight games, dating back to last season.
The Bears' captain assisted on the team's first goal of the season on Friday as he dribbled into the box, getting around several Cardinal defenders. Junior Marcos Romaneiro (North Brunswick, NJ) booted in the loose ball to a wide open net as the ball was deflected in his direction.
Crew tallied his first goal of the season early in the second half against Wisconsin to give Bruno a 3-2 lead when he volleyed in a head-shot taken by senior Seth Quidachay-Swan (San Francisco, CA). Brown came away with the 4-3 win over the Badgers when Crew made his way past Wisconsin's defense, flipping the ball over the defender and passing off to freshman Andrew Daniels (Milwaukee, WI) on the far side corner of the box. Daniels quickly passed back to Crew, who booted in his second goal of the game past Badger goalie Eric Hanson, with just 19 seconds left on the clock.
Britner began his Brown career in high fashion, scoring the game-winning goal against national powerhouse Stanford on Friday at the adidas-Brown Classic. Britner knocked a blazing header past Cardinal goalie Robby Fulton off a Marcos Romaneiro (North Brunswick, NJ) corner kick midway through the second half to give the Bears the lead for good, 2-1. Britner, a member of the Canadian National Team, earned starts in both games this weekend in the Brown backfield.
Brown will once again face some tough competition this weekend when it travels to New Haven, CT for the Yale Classic. The Bears will face Creighton at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Fairleigh-Dickinson on Sunday at noon.