The Year in Sports

July 16th, 2012

For those of you who are not Brown sports junkies but still care about how the Bears are doing in athletic competition, here’s the BAM’s annual list of top highlights and memorable moments. 

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Guard Sean McGonagill '14 drives to the basket during the Bears' 65-56 upset over URI November 30. Brown hadn't beaten the Rams since 2001. 

• For the second consecutive year, the men’s soccer team qualified for the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. This year’s   team managed to beat both Fairfield and St. John’s in the postseason before bowing in overtime to St. Mary’s.

• For the second straight year, the football team played a home game under the lights. This time, the Bears defeated intrastate rival URI, 35–21, in front of more than 10,000 fans.

All-American runner Dan Lowry ’12 finished twenty-eighth out of 252 runners at the 2011 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.


Kia Mosenthal ’12 won the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association national title in the slalom. Brown won the slalom team title.

Tommy Glenn ’14 became an honorable mention All-American after finishing thirteenth in the 200 butterfly at the 2012 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.

Dave Foxen ’12 won the 174-pound weight class at the EIWA Championships as an unseeded wrestler, something that had not been done since 1963.

• In alumni news, Zak DeOssie ’07, a long snapper with the New York Giants, won his second Super Bowl ring in five years. He has also been to two Pro Bowls.

Men’s basketball upset URI, 65–56, topping the Rams for the first time since 2001.

Women’s basketball coach Jean Marie Burr captured her 300th career win when her team defeated Dartmouth, 74–50.


• At the Stanford Invitational in April, Olivia Mickle ’13 broke one of the oldest school records, which had been set by Anne Sullivan ’81 in 1979. Mickle shattered her predecessor’s 34:41.3 time in the 10,000-meter by more than 40 seconds with a time of 33:59.26. Amazingly it was her first race at this distance.

• In April, the University opened the long awaited Nelson Fitness Center, Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, and Zucconi Strength and Conditioning Center. The beautiful facility has earned praise for its design, and should fill a huge need on campus.

Men’s crew upset Harvard in the varsity eight race to win the Ivy League trophy at the EARC Sprints. In July, Brown boats placed second in the Grand Challenge Cup and the Temple Challenge Cup  at the Henley Royal Regatta.

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July/August 2012