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November 14, 2011

Brown Joins Dartmouth in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Field

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League Co-Champions Dartmouth and Brown have advanced to the 48-team NCAA Championship field it was announced by the NCAA Division I men's soccer selection committee on Monday afternoon.

The Big Green earned the League's automatic bid over Brown via a tie-breaker because it defeated third-place Columbia (2-0 at home on Oct. 22) and the Bears lost at third-place Columbia (2-1 in 2 OT on Oct. 1). Brown then joined the 48-team field as an at-large selection.

At least two Ivy teams have now made the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship field for seven consecutive seasons, a streak that began in 2005. Last season, four Ivy League teams made the tournament, including Dartmouth and Brown, who each advanced to the third round.

Both Dartmouth and Brown will play NCAA first round games on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Providence, R.I. The Big Green play at Big East foe Providence College at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, while the Bears welcome America East opponent Fairfield to Stevenson Field at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Dartmouth is making its fifth consecutive NCAA Championship appeearance and its seventh in the last eight years. The Bears are making their 26th NCAA Championship appearance overall, and its sixth in the last seven years.

Were the Big Green to advance, it would play at 15th-seeded UC Santa Barbara in second round play. A Brown win would see the Bears play at ninth-seeded St. John's. Both NCAA second round contests would be played on Sunday, Nov. 20.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Thursday, November 17
1 - Dartmouth at Providence, 1 pm
1 - Fairfield at Brown, 7 pm

1 - NCAA Championship first round (campus sites)