November 21, 2002

Four Men's Soccer Players Named All-Ivy

Nov. 21, 2002

Four members of the Brown University men's soccer team earned All-Ivy honors for the 2002 season. Senior defender/midfielder Dustin Branan (Lakeville, MN) was named First-Team All-Ivy while junior forward Adom Crew (Columbia, MD) and sophomore defender Jeff Larentowicz (West Chester, PA) were named Second-Team All-Ivy. Freshman forward/midfielder Ibrahim Diane (Potomac, MD) received an Honorable Mention.

Branan was one of only three players to start in all of Brown's 17 games this season and one of five players to have played in every game. Branan, a dominant player in the air, led the Bears defense to three shutouts this season. Despite being out-shot 255-193 with a 5-8-4 overall record, the three-time All-Ivy selection helped hold all opponents to 27 goals, just four more then Brown's total of 23. Five of the Bears eight losses came by one goal, including two in overtime.

Branan scored Brown's first goal of the season back on Sept. 13 against Michigan on a penalty kick. He picked up an assist in a 1-1 tie with Princeton on Oct. 18 as well for a total of three points on the year.

Branan closed out his career at Brown having played in 62 games, starting 58 of them with two goals and three assists for seven points. During his tenure, he helped lead the Bears to 21 shutouts and was a First-Team All-Ivy Selection his junior year and an All-Ivy Honorable Mention his sophomore year.

Crew had an excellent start to the season before an injury sidelined him for the remaining nine games. In eight games Crew totaled ten goals and two assists for 22 points. At the time of his injury he was ranked fourth in the nation in goals and was on a six-game scoring streak. Up until the week of Nov. 4, he was still the Ivy League leader in scoring, despite not having played in nearly a month. Crew finished the season tied for the lead in goals and second in scoring.

He recorded the first hat trick of his career in Brown's 3-1 defeat over Alabama A&M at the Yale Classic on Sept. 20. He recorded two goals in the Bears 5-1 win over Vanderbilt two days later and was named MVP of the Yale Classic. For his play, Crew was named ECAC and Ivy-League Player of the Week.

The 2001 All-Ivy Honorable Mention scored the lone goal in Brown 2-1 loss to Harvard on Sept. 28 and both goals in the 2-0 shutout to Rhode Island on Oct. 1. He recorded an assist in Brown's season opener against Michigan at the adidas/Brown Classic and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Larentowicz was also one of only three players to start in all of Brown's 17 games this season and one of five players to have played in every game. Larentowicz helped lead the Bears to two straight overtime games against nationally ranked Penn and Boston College in the latter part of the season. Although Brown dropped both games, Larentowicz and the Bears' defense held the Quakers scoreless for 100 minutes and the Eagles to just one goal during regulation. Larentowicz scored the tying goal with 1:23 left in the game against Boston College, forcing overtime. The goal was his first of the season.

The two-time All-Ivy selection also notched two assists on the year for a total of four points. Larentowicz was named to the Yale Classic's All-Tournament Team earlier in the season.

Diane finished his rookie campaign as the Bears' second leading scorer with four goals and two assists for ten points. The two-time All-League selection in high school was the only freshman on the team that played in all 17 games, earning 16 starts.

He was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the week of Oct. 28th after scoring the game-winning goal in the Bears first Ivy League win of the season against Cornell. Diane scored the lone goal of the game in the 73rd minute on a high shot from the center of the box. Diane scored his first collegiate goal in Brown's season opener against Michigan at the adidas/Brown Classic on Sept. 13. The 5'11" forward/midfielder was named to the Classic's All-Tournament Team.

Diane continued his excellent play the following weekend at the Yale Classic, picking up four points on a goal and two assists in the team's 5-1 victory over Vanderbilt on Sept. 22, once again getting an All-Tournament nod. He picked up one more goal in Brown's 2-2 tie with Santa Clara on Oct. 4.