Sweet again! Woodhouse, Lynch lead Judges past Rutgers-Newark into NCAA sectional round

Ben Woodhouse '18 made a crucial save on this Rutgers-Newark penalty kick. (Photo by Mike Tureski / Sportspix.com)
Ben Woodhouse '18 made a crucial save on this Rutgers-Newark penalty kick. (Photo by Mike Tureski / Sportspix.com)

WALTHAM, Mass. – For the sixth straight year, the Brandeis University men's soccer team has qualified for the second weekend of play in the NCAA Division III tournament. The Judges defeated Rutgers-Newark, 1-0, on Gordon Field tonight, earning the right to continue playing. Brandeis – ranked No. 19 in Division III by the United Soccer Coaches and No. 20 by D3soccer.com, improves to 15-4 on the season. Rutgers-Newark sees their season come to a close at 20-3-1.


  • The Judges had a pair of heroes on the night in seniors Ben Woodhouse (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) and Mike Lynch (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth).
  • Woodhouse, playing in just his second game since October 18th, made six saves on the night.
  • His most spectacular stop came in the 54th minute, when he denied RUN's leading scorer, Fabio DeSouza (Long Branch, N.J./St. Benedict's Prep), on a penalty kick with a diving save to left. DeSouza had been 4-4 on PKs this season.
  • Energized by Woodhouse's save, the Judges got five of the next six shots. Scarlet Raider sophomore Andres Medina (Howell, N.J./St. Benedict's Prep) made a couple of spectacular stops to keep the visitors alive.
  • Brandeis senior Pat Flahive (Chatham, N.J./Worcester Academy) hit a post in the 65th minute, shortly before the Judges broke through.
  • In the 67th minute, Brandeis senior Josh Ocel (North Attleboro, Mass./Worcester Academy) delivered a corner kick into a crowded box. Medina punched it away, but right on to the foot of Mike Lynch who blasted it home for his sixth goal of the season at the 66:50 mark.
  • RUN increased its pressure after the goal, getting off nine more shots the rest of the way.
  • Brandeis defenders blocked a majority of those shots, but Woodhouse came up with two more saves on Medina. He also made a spectacular diving save to his right on junior Breno Lutosa (Kearny, N.J./Kearny) less than two minutes after the goal.
  • Woodhouse's play overshadowed a terrific game by Medina, who stopped 10 shots, including a pair of spectacular leaping saves in the first half.


  • Brandeis owned a slim 21-18 edge in shots, but an 11-6 advantage in shots on net.
  • The Judges had seven corners to four for RUN.
  • Woodhouse finished with six saves for his 21st career shutout.
  • Lynch's goal was his team-leading sixth of the season.
  • Of Lynch's 11 career goals, five have come in the past two NCAA tournaments, including three game-winners. He scored twice in last season's tournament meeting with Rutgers-Newark.
  • With his assist on Lynch's goal, Ocel tied Brandeis's career mark with 44 helpers, matching Rob Muller '77. Ocel is the career active leader in NCAA Division III.


  • Brandeis has now qualified for six straight Sweet 16s, the second-longest active streak in Division III (pending tonight's results).
  • The Judges and Scarlet Raiders met in last year's NCAA Division III tournament, when Brandeis took a 4-2 decision in the sectional finals to reach the Final Four.
  • Brandeis will next meet Drew University at a site to be determined. The Rangers (21-0-1) defeated Franklin & Marshall, 3-2, and Lycoming, 1-0, to reach the Sweet 16.