New England Soccer Today

NCAA Championship: New England Update

The Brown University Bears’ (12-5-3) NCAA Division I Tournament run came to an end on Sunday night in the round of 16, leaving the University of Connecticut Huskies (19-3-2) as the only New England college left in the competition.

Playing at home at Stevenson Field in Providence, RI., Brown fell behind St. Mary’s College (11-6-5) in the 28th minute on a goal from Trevor Newquist. The Bears would battle back to take a 2-1 lead after halftime on goals by Dylan Remick in the 50th minute and Sean Rosa in the 61st minute.

St. Mary’s would respond nearly instantly, with Tom Mohoric equalizing in the 63rd minute. Rosa would then score his second goal of the match seven minutes into overtime to send St. Mary’s to the quarterfinals.

Brown is the fifth New England team eliminated from the tournament. They had upset nine seed St. John’s (14-7-2) in the second round (14-6-1), 1-0, and eliminated fellow New Englanders, Fairfield University (12-5-1), 3-2, in the first round.

UConn, a two seed, is the lone New England team left. The Huskies defeated rising power Monmouth in the first round, 2-1, and crushed James Madison University (13-5-2), 3-0, at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn., in the round of 16 on Sunday behind goals from Carlso Alvarez, Tony Cascio and Mamadou Diouf.

The other New England teams were all eliminated in the first two rounds. Providence College (11-8-1), knocked out New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College (8-6-4), 1-0 in the first round, but fell on the road to #15 seed University of California, Santa Barbara (15-7-1), 3-2 in the second round.

The Boston College Eagles’ promising season (14-7) came to an end in the second round as, despite being the heavily favored #4 seed, they fell at home on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw against Rutgers University (10-6-3).

UConn will host either University of North Carolina Charlotte or defending champions, the University of Akron, featuring New England Revolution Academy product and Braintree, Mass. native, Scott Caldwell on Saturday or Sunday.

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