November might mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but I think we can all agree that it mostly screams out, “Fall sports Ivy championship hunt crunch time!!!!” Am I right or what? While you kick back and pat yourself on the back for getting through those midterms mostly alive, athletic Brunonians are out fighting for those elusive Ivy League titles. Let’s see how they’re doing.
[Update: Football, men’s soccer, and volleyball were all eliminated from championship contention over the weekend.]
Football: While Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman ’77 may have predicted big things, football’s Ivy chances took a big hit when it opened its conference schedule with decisive losses to Harvard and Princeton. Wins over Cornell and, this past weekend, Ivy-leading Penn have snuck Brown kind of back into the picture, but da Bears still need to win out against Yale, Dartmouth, and Columbia, then hope Princeton, Penn, and Harvard choke real hard. Championship chances: 5%
Well, the first night game in Brown history was a success. The Bears (2-0) beat the Crimson (1-1) 29-14.
Three fun facts to tide you over until Monday’s Herald:
-Estimated crowd of 17,300, 86.5% capacity!
-Alex Norocea ’14, pictured below, tied a school record for most field goals converted in a game with five. He tied Tyler Chase (v. Penn, 1972), Chris Ingerslev (v. Cornell, 1985) and Steve Morgan (v. Harvard, 2005).
-ESPN anchor Chris Berman ’77 was in attendance, looking very stern!
After a successful 2-0 weekend, the undefeated men’s soccer team (4-0-2) vaulted into the NSCAA National Rankings this week at No.22. Two other Ivy League squads join them there –Harvard (2-1-2) fell 15 spots to No. 21 after their first loss of the season Friday against UC Santa Barbara, and the Penn Quakers round out the rankings at No. 25. The Bears will look to continue their undefeated start to the year Saturday afternoon at Vermont.
Bruno players celebrate after a goal vs. Indiana (Jonathan Bateman/Herald)
Here’s the penalty kick-filled finale of the Ocean State Soccer Classic!! Brown and Providence College battled through 120 minutes of scoreless play on a lovely Labor Day afternoon. But our neighbors went on to grab the title, scoring five penalty shots to our four. No worries, though — the game counts as a tie, so the Bears are still undefeated this year!
Catch the start of the Brown Soccer Classic (much cooler than the Ocean State one) this Friday at Stevenson Field. Bears vs. South Carolina Gamecocks, 7 p.m. View the full schedule here.