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Key match-ups to watch this season

Sports Editor
Monday, September 7, 2009

With the school year starting back up, a busy fall calendar for Brown’s teams is already underway, and there’s plenty to look forward to. To kick off the semester, The Herald rounds up the key match-ups for each team. 

Men’s tennis, Sept. 18-20 and Oct. 2-4:
Brown will host two tournaments this fall, the Northeast Intercollegiate Invitational in September and the Bruno Classic the following month. The latter is dedicated to the memory of Margaux Powers, a supporter of the program who was murdered last May.
After three All-Ivy selections graduated, Second Team All-Ivy singles selection Jonathan Pearlman ’11 leads a young team. 

Women’s tennis, Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 24-25:
The women will also host a pair of tournaments this fall that often draw top teams. The Bears will count on the return of top players Bianca Aboubakare ’11 and Cassandra Herzberg ’12, who teamed to earn First Team All-Ivy honors in doubles. In singles, Aboubakare was named First Team and Herzberg Second Team All-Ivy. 

Field hockey, Sept. 26:
Last year, Brown traveled to Hanover, N.H., and took Dartmouth to overtime before falling, 5-4. The Bears will look to turn the tables on the Big Green this year behind forward Leslie Springmeyer ’12, whose 21 points last year were good for 12th in school history. 

Football, Oct. 3:
Homecoming games are often exciting, but last year’s 24-22, rain-soaked triumph over Harvard will be hard to top. This year, the Bears will square off against the University of Rhode Island in the battle for the 94th Governors Cup, seeking to avenge a 37-13 loss to the Rams last year.

Six All-Ivy selections return from last year, but Bruno will be breaking in a new quarterback. 

Men’s soccer, Oct. 10:
Last season the preseason-No. 12 Bears stumbled to a 9-7-1 record, going 3-4 in Ivy League play. Bruno needed three second-half goals to slip past a weak Princeton team, 3-2, but will look for a stronger showing in this year’s rematch. Midfielder Nick Elenz-Martin ’10, a Second Team All-Ivy selection who scored two of those goals, returns to spark Brown’s offense. 

Women’s soccer, Oct. 31:
The Bears will take on Penn on Halloween, but there would be nothing spooky about shutting out the Quakers. Last year, a defense anchored by honorable mention All-Ivy goalie Brenna Hogue ’10 blanked four teams. In addition to a 1-0 overtime victory over Penn, Bruno shut out both then-No. 11 Penn State and then-No. 1 UCLA in the span of three days. 

Men’s water polo, Nov. 1:
The No. 17 men’s water polo team hosts MIT at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., in its final tuneup before the Northern Division Championship. Brown cannot host home aquatics competitions because the temporary aquatics bubble built to replace the Smith Swim Center is not large enough to host events.
The Bears, who last year swept two games from the Engineers by a combined score of 30-17, are led by captain and goalie Kent Holland ’10. 

Volleyball, Nov. 14:

Bruno hosts Columbia in the second of a three-game homestand to close out the season. The Bears, who swept two games against the Lions by identical 3-1 scores, will be led by five seniors playing the penultimate match of their careers.

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