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Bring On Brown!

Stony Brook will take a seven-game unbeaten streak to Rhode Island when the men’s soccer team takes on Brown in the NCAA College Cup at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Providence, R.I.

The Seawolves have not lost since October 7. The run produced a second-place finish during the regular season of the America East and culminated in an America East championship when Stony Brook defeated UMBC, 2-0, in front of 1000 fans at Lavalle Stadium. The winning streak is the longest men’s soccer has enjoyed since the team was known as the Patriots and started the season 7-0-1 in 1980.

Freshmen have been pivotal to Stony Brook’s string of results. America East Rookie of the Year Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) leads the team with seven goals. Freshman striker Raphael Abreu (New York, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal in the America East championship game. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Anthony Rogic (Boonton, N.J.), named the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship, did not allow a goal in the postseason tournament and has five shutouts over the Seawolves’ streak.

The Seawolves head back to the NCAA’s highest tournament for the first time since 2005.

Brown, one of four Ivy League schools handed a bid for the national championship, finished the season with a 10-2-5 overall record, 5-2-0 in the Ivy League. Senior Nick Elenz-Martin (five goals, four assists) and sophomore Sean Rosa (four goals, six assists) lead the Brown Bears with 14 points each. Goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand has recorded four shutouts.

Brown and Stony Brook have never met on the soccer field. The last time Brown faced America East competition in the NCAA tournament the Bears defeated the University of Vermont, 2-0.

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