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.
After closing out the regular season with a 3-0 win over Dartmouth on Sunday, the men’s soccer team had to wait to find out if they had earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bears were rewarded on Monday evening with a place in the 48-team field.
Brown (10-2-5, 5-2-0 Ivy) will host Stony Brook (6-9-4) on Thursday night at 7:00 at Stevenson Field.
Check Wednesday’s Herald for an article by Katie Wood recapping the Dartmouth game and previewing the NCAA opener.
Lots of winners this week. Why? I can think of three possible reasons: as an apology for taking several weeks off (I blame midterms), because I’m a nice guy, or, just maybe, because a lot of teams did well. I say it’s all three.
Remember the Seinfeld episode where Jerry always breaks even? Yeah, this was that week for Brown sports. See for yourself below if you don’t believe me. Hence, there are no Winners and no Bad News Bears this week. There is only a vague sliding scale of quality that exists only in my head. Deal with it.
It came down to the wire, but the Bears’ Friday night football game against Harvard ended in the Crimson’s favor, 24-21.
The Bears led 14-10 at halftime in Cambridge, with two rushes into the endzone by wide receiver Bobby Sewall ’10. Harvard struck back with two touchdowns in the second half to go up 24-14.
Brown answered with another Sewall touchdown in the last minute of the fourth quarter. A recovered onside kick gave Brown a last chance at victory, but the Bears’ comeback effort came up short with an incomplete endzone pass.
Check back soon for complete game coverage and photos.
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