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September 12, 2011

Men's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 3

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- In a dramatic week of non-conference games that included six overtime contests, Brown proved to be the big winner by earning wins over Bryant (3-0), George Mason (2-1) and Temple (2-0). With the wins over George Mason and Temple, the Bears captured the Dunkin' Donuts Brown Soccer Classic title for the second consecutive season and junior midfielder Thomas McNamara earned Most Valuable Player honors.

Dartmouth and Cornell were the League’s other undefeated teams last week. The Big Green, which played host to the Dartmouth Classic, opened with a win over South Carolina (2-0) and followed with a tie versus South Florida in a high-scoring affair (3-3). Against the Bulls, Dartmouth trailed 3-2 with less than two minutes to play but sophomore midfielder Patrick Murray hammered home a Nick Pappas pass in the box to force overtime, where neither team could not pull ahead. Cornell earned ties versus Lafayette (1-1) and Hartwick (1-1).  

Elsewhere, Columbia posted a 1-1-1 record including an overtime win over Saint Peter’s on Tuesday (2-1). Junior forward Will Stamatis came through with his second straight overtime game-winning goal in the win over the Peacocks.

The League’s other win came when Yale downed Quinnipiac (3-2) on Friday. Charlie Neil scored the game-winning goal with 2:32 left in the game, helping the Bulldogs bounce back after the Bobcats had tied the game just three minutes earlier.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Dartmouth senior forward Lucky Mkosana (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) led the Big Green to a 1-0-1 mark at the Dartmouth Classic with two goals and an assist en route to claiming Offensive MVP honors. In Dartmouth’s 2-0 win against South Carolina, he assisted on Alex Adelabu’s goal just 41 seconds into game and then picked up his first goal of the weekend at the 9:43 mark to give Dartmouth the 2-0 cushion. Then against the 11th-ranked Bulls, Mkosana tied the game at 1-1 when he converted on a header at 8:15. Dartmouth went on to tie the Bulls, 3-3.

Mkosana, who posted a team-high six shots over the weekend, now leads the Big Green in points (5), shots (15) and shots on goal (8). He has the added distinction of being the most recent member of the Big Green to Earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors, doing so on Nov. 1 of last season.

Mkosana’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 1A, 5Pts., 6 Shots, 6 SOG, Team: 1-0-1

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman defender Alex Markes (Valencia, Calif.) helped the Bears post a 3-0-0 record last week en route to claiming their second straight Brown Soccer Classic title. He played every minute of all three victories while leading a backline that conceded just one goal in the three games.

On the season, Markes is the only freshman to start all four games for Brown. He is the first Bear to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors since Oct. 26, 2009 when his teammate Thomas McNamara collected Rookie of the Week accolades.

Markes’ Weekly Stats
3-3 GP-GS, 1 goal against, team: 3-0-0

HONOR ROLL
Jenner Fox, Yale (So., M - Palo Alto, Calif.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG

Thomas McNamara, Brown (Jr., M - West Nyack, N.Y.)
3-3 GP-GS, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 10 Shots, 5 SOG

Jake Rinow, Cornell (So., D - Lancaster, N.Y.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG

Will Stamatis, Columbia (Jr., F - Mountainside, N.J.)
3-3 GP-GS, 2 G, 4 pts., 12 shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG

THIS WEEK

Tournaments dominate the upcoming schedule for the Ivies as Cornell, Penn, Princeton, Brown and Dartmouth all play in an assortment of tournament set-ups this weekend. Cornell will play host to the Cornell/Colgate tournament, while Penn and Princeton will each play one home and one road game in the second annual Ivy League/BIG East Classic. Brown hits the road for the South Carolina tournament, while Dartmouth travels to Dallas for the SMU Invitational. Brown is the League’s hottest team as the Bears head to South Carolina after stringing together three wins last week.

An interesting early season trend to keep an eye on amongst the Ivies is the collective tendency to end up in overtime tilts. The Ancient Eight have already combined for six ties and nine total overtime contests in two weeks of play.  

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 15
Fordham at Columbia, 7 pm

Friday, September 16
Massachusetts at Harvard, 7 pm
1 - Long Island at Cornell, 7 pm
2 - Georgetown at Penn, 7 pm
2 - Villanova at Princeton, 7 pm
3 - Brown at South Carolina, 7:30 pm
4 - Dartmouth at SMU, 8:30 pm    

Sunday, September 18
3 - Kentucky vs. Brown, 11 am
2 - Penn at Villanova, 1 pm
Marist at Yale, 1 pm
1 - Hofstra at Cornell, 1 pm
4 - Tulsa vs. Dartmouth, 1 pm
Harvard at Vermont, 1 pm
2 - Princeton at Georgetown, 3 pm
Columbia at Delaware, 3:30 pm
    
1 - Cornell/Colgate Tournament (Ithaca, N.Y.)
2 - Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic (Campus sites)
3 - South Carolina Tournament (Columbia, S.C.)
4 - SMU Invitational (Dallas, Texas)