November 13, 2004

Bears To Play For Share Of Ivy Title & NCAA Bid Sunday At Dartmouth

Nov. 13, 2004

The Brown men's soccer team will be competing for a share of the Ivy Title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at Dartmouth. A win for the Bears would earn them their second straight Ivy Title and NCAA Tournament appearance. Princeton was dropped from the title race with a 4-2 loss at Yale on Saturday, keeping Brown's post-season chances alive.

The Big Green captured at least a share of the championship last weekend, boasting an undefeated league mark of 4-0-2. Dartmouth has allowed just two goals in Ivy action all season. Brown enters the final match of the regular season with a 4-2 league mark. Ivy League rules credit two points for a win and one point for a tie. A Brown win would give both teams ten points but the tie-breaker (head-to-head competitiion) would give the Bears the automatic bid.

Brown has won its last three Ivy contests, all shutouts, after dropping two of its first three league games of the season. Senior Marcos Romaneiro leads the team with three goals and eight assists for 14 points. Junior Keith Caldwell and sophomore Andrew Daniels lead the Bears with five goals each. Senior Chris Gomez has played every minute in net, posting a 1.08 goals against average along with six shutouts.

The Bears have won seven of the last ten Ivy Titles and have made 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Brown finished with an undefeated Ivy mark of 6-0-1 but lost its opening round game to St. Peter's. In the event of a tie, the Big Green would gain sole possession of the title and their first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2000.

The winner of Sunday's match will find out its first round opponent on Monday, Nov. 15 with the Tournament set to begin Nov. 19/20.