PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a week of improbable comebacks, including Cornell scoring three goals in a span of 3:40 to earn a win after facing a two-goal deficit versus Hartwick, and overtime thrillers that featured several notable performances by Ivy League goalkeepers, it is only fitting that Brown’s senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, Maine) has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Grandstrand led the Bears to a 1-0-2 record on the week and recorded three shutouts. While the upperclassmen starred in net for the likes of Brown, Penn and Cornell, a pair of freshmen earned Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week honors for their offensive prowess as Columbia’s Henning Sauerbier (Dueren, Germany) and Cornell’s Daniel Haber (Toronto, Ontario) each notched a goal an assist last week.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Grandstrand led the Bears to a 1-0-2 record last week by recording three shutouts. With two of Brown’s three games ending in ties, Grandstrand played 310:00 minutes and stopped all 13 shots he faced. His week began by shutting out the Providence College Friars in a 0-0 draw that saw the senior make five saves. Next, Grandstrand turned aside five more shots in Brown’s 1-0 win against South Carolina. He then finished out the week by making 3 saves in the Bears’ 0-0 draw with Hofstra. His performances against South Carolina and Hofstra enabled the Bears to be named Co-Champions of the 2010 Brown Soccer Classic.
Grandstrand and the Bears have not allowed a goal four games into the 2010 season, and his four shutouts give him 17 for his collegaite career. He is Brown’s first Ivy League Player of the Week since Sean Rosa shared the honor on Oct. 12, 2009.
CO-ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Sauerbier tallied a goal and an assist over two games, helping Columbia claim the Mayor’s Cup trophy with a win and a tie at the annual event. The German forward was an ironman in Friday’s game against Hartwick, playing all 110 minutes of a 2-2 draw. Sauerbier began his offensive assault in the second half against the Hawks, when he made a run in the 47th minute that resulted in a penalty kick being called. The Lions converted on the ensuing PK chance, and Sauerbier would be the set-up man on the Lions’ second goal that tied the game at 2-2. Then on Sunday, Sauerbier scored the game-winning goal against Syracuse in the 21st minute. The goal was the first of his career. Sauerbier is the first Lion to earn Rookie of the Week accolades since defender Tom Heinbockel earned the honor on Oct. 18, 2004.
Haber played a key role in helping the Big Red to a 1-1-1 mark on the week, collecting all three of his points in the Big Red’s stunning comeback win against Hartwick on Monday night. He scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the game-winner as the Big Red struck for three goals in the span of 3:40 to rally from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 victory over the Hawks. Haber started all three matches the Big Red played during the week and led the Big Red with 10 shots in three contests. He becomes Cornell’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since October 12, 2009, when Ben Kenyon earned the honor.
THE HONOR ROLL
Ben Berg, Penn, Sr., GK (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.)
2-2 GP/GS, 188:18 min,. 2 GA, 0.956 GAA, 12 SVS, .857 SV%, 0 SHO, 2-0-0
Teo Larsson-Sax, Dartmouth, So., D (Kalmar, Sweden)
2-2 GP/GS, 2 G, 0 A, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
Nick Scott, Columbia, So., MF (Newcastle, England)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0-1
Zack Wolfenzon, Harvard, So., F (San Diego, Calif.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 2 Shot, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0-1
THE UPCOMING WEEK
Grandstrand, Sauerbier, Haber and the Ivy League teams are set for another busy week of non-conference action as the week kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 15 with Yale taking on in-state foe Central Connecticut and Columbia traveling to cross-city rival Fordham. The week ahead also includes several tournaments as Dartmouth hits the road for the first time this season to play in the Bradley University Tournament, Harvard takes part in the Lobo Classic and both Princeton and Penn participate in a showdown with BIG EAST foes Georgetown and Villanova. Another schedule highlight includes undefeated Brown playing host to perennial power and 18th-ranked Indiana.
Cent. Conn. State at Yale -- 7 pm
Columbia at Fordham -- 7 pm
Thursday, September 16
Saint Joseph’s at Cornell -- 7 pm
Friday, September 17
1 - Villanova at Penn -- 5 pm
2 - No. 6 Harvard vs. UCSB -- 6:30 pm
No. 18 Indiana at Brown -- 7 pm
1 - No. 20 Georgetown at Princeton -- 7:30 pm
3 - Dartmouth at Bradley -- 8:30 pm
Saturday, September 18
Sacred Heart at Yale -- 7 pm
St. Peter’s at Columbia -- 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 19
1 - Penn at No. 20 Georgetown -- 1 pm
3 - Dartmouth vs. No. 24 Creighton -- 1 pm
2 - No. 6 Harvard at New Mexico -- 2 pm
Canisius at Cornell -- 3 pm
1 - Princeton at Villanova -- 4 pm
Brown at Boston U. -- 7 pm
1 - Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic
2 - Lobo Classic (Albuquerque, N.M.)
3 - Bradley University Tournament (Peoria, Ill.)