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November 20, 2010

Brown, Dartmouth and Penn Men's Soccer Teams Set For NCAA Second Round Games

Complete Ivy League Men's Soccer NCAA Championship Round Two Notes in pdf format

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Brown, Dartmouth and Penn men's soccer teams each earned wins in the first round of the NCAA Championship to advance to Sunday's second round. In second round play, all three Ivies will be on the road against seeded teams.

RECENT RESULTS
Thursday, November 18
*Dartmouth def. Monmouth, 4-0
at West Long Branch, N.J.

*Brown def. Boston College, 2-1
at Providence, R.I.

*UMBC def. Princeton, 2-1
at Princeton, N.J.

*Penn def. Bucknell, 1-0 (ot)
at Philadelphia, Pa.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Sunday, November 21
^Brown at (11) Connecticut, 1 pm
at Storrs, Conn.

^Penn at (2) Maryland, 5 pm
at College Park, Md.

^Dartmouth at (9) Notre Dame, 6 pm
at Notre Dame, Ind.

* - NCAA Championship (First Round // Campus Sites)
^ - NCAA Championship (Second Round // Campus Sites)
(#) - refers to national seed in NCAA Championship field

NCAA NOTES
With Brown, Dartmouth and Penn winning their first round games, 2010 marks the first time since the 1973 season that three Ivy League teams have advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Ivies have combined for a 2-8 record in NCAA Chamionship second round play since 2001 (when the tournament was changed to its current format of 48 teams and the top-16 seeds receiving first round byes).

For the second year in a row, four Ivy League men's soccer teams were selected to the NCAA Championship field. With a 7-0-0 season, Princeton clinched the League's automatic bid and was joined in the 48-team field by at large selections Brown, Dartmouth and Penn. It is the first time four Ivy League teams have appeared in the NCAA Championship field in back-to-back years since the 1971 and 1972 seasons. Overall, 2010 marks the sixth time four or more Ivy teams have made the NCAA Championship field (five teams made the 1977 tournament).

NCAA First Round Recaps
Dartmouth set the tone for the Ivy teams early as it recorded a 4-0 win at Monmouth. Brown downed Boston College in a home contest, 2-1, while Penn advanced with an overtime home win against Bucknell,1-0. Elsewhere, Princeton was edged by UMBC, 2-1.

The Big Green won its fifth-straight contest by blanking the Hawks for its third consecutive shutout. Dartmouth led the game 1-0 at halftime and after staving off an early Monmouth attack in the second, dominated late for the comfortable win. Four different players scored goals for the Big Green but senior Daniel Keat stole the show by assisting on three of them.

Brown took on Boston College and even though the two teams had not met in over two years, it proved to be a hotly-contested match. With the game tied at 1-1, Brown's Thomas McNamara played a ball into the attacking third to Taylor Gorman, who one-touched it to Austin Mandel. The junior forward took quick control and blasted one in from the right side to put Brown back up 2-1. Paul Grandstrand and the Bear defense then closed out the game, with Grandstrand making four saves.

Penn got a goal from Christian Barreiro just 1:38 into overtime, propelling the Quakers to a 1-0 win over Bucknell. Off a throw-in from the left side, Jason Gorskie collected the ball and sent it across the top of the goalmouth. Barreiro came rushing in and fired a 22-yard shot that squirted just under the left side of a diving Marc Hartmann as the Quakers advanced in the national tournament for the first time since 2002.

The UMBC Retrievers upset the tenth-ranked Tigers, 2-1. Junior Antoine Hoppenot put Princeton on the scoreboard in the 32nd minute when he scored on a corner kick as the ball bent inside the far post. Ten minutes later UMBC tied the game  when Levi Houapeu knocked in a loose ball in front. He then teamed up with Andrew Bulls to produce the game winner in the 79th minute.