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All About the Goalies


Sunday was “Mack the Jeff” day at Jeffrey Field, the now annual men’s soccer game that doubles as a tribute to, and fundraiser in the memory of, Mack Brady. The son of Communications Arts & Sciences lecturer Elizabeth Brady and Schreyer Honors College dean Christian Brady, Mack was 8 when he died suddenly of a blood infection in December 2012. We’ve written previously about Mack, who was a huge soccer fan and aspiring goalkeeper, and this annual event remains a terrific thing.

This year’s Mack Brady Day provided a chance to honor the memory of another goalie lost too soon: Connor Darcey, the men’s lacrosse player who died in a car accident in June. The mood was brightened somewhat Sunday by a celebration of their memories, and by the result: A 1-0 Nittany Lion victory over 10th-ranked Indiana. The result wouldn’t have held if not for a first-half penalty save by senior goalkeeper Matt Bersano, captured above by photographer John Cobes.

Inspired by Mack Brady’s memory, and by the scholarship fund that bears his name, the men’s soccer program has claimed the aspirational title “Goalkeeper U.” Both in the game and in the bigger picture, Bersano’s save couldn’t have been better timed.

Ryan Jones, senior editor


September 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 21, 2013

Kicking things off: The men’s soccer team opens NCAA tournament play tonight at home against St. Francis (N.Y.). It’s been a fun season watching these guys—they’ve shown a knack for dramatic finishes, and from the year-long inspiration of Mack Brady’s memory to senior defender Akil Howard’s comeback from what looked to be a career-ending heart defect, there’s an undeniable feel-good factor to this team. Here’s hoping they can carry that over the next few weeks.

Amid proposed change, trustees meet again: The Board of Trustees kicked off committee meetings on Thursday morning, with day-long sessions scheduled today and Friday. The board’s latest meeting comes a day after two Pennsylvania state senators, Republican Jake Corman ’93 of Centre County and Democrat John Yudichak ’93, ’04g of Luzerne County, announced a proposal to reduce the board’s membership from 30 to 23 voting members and prohibit the governor and other state officers from serving on the board. Our senior editor Lori Shontz ’91 will post coverage of the meetings here over the next two days.

At the push of a button: I’m in the middle of wrapping up a feature for our January/February issue on the tech-centric 21st century library, which focuses mostly on the amazing Knowledge and Media Commons at Pattee and Paterno Libraries. Maybe the Commons’ single coolest feature is the One-Button Studio, a Penn State innovation that allows students with next-to-no technical knowledge to produce professional-level videos for class projects with, literally, the push of a button. Well, there’s now an app for that. With the One-Button Studio app, anyone—it’s geared toward other institutions, but individuals can do it, too—able to collect the right hardware can replicate the studio. Very cool stuff.

Bearing down: The tornadoes that tore through the Midwest last weekend have inspired a variety of relief efforts, including some very cool work by a couple of former Nittany Lions. Current Chicago Bears placekicker Robbie Gould ’05 and former Bears lineman Anthony Adams ’04 traveled to Coal City, Ill., on Tuesday to deliver relief supplies and help with clean-up. Nice work, fellas.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 21, 2013 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Weekend Sports Wrap — Sept. 16, 2013

News and highlights from Penn State’s weekend sports action.

Field Day in the Garden State:  A 1-3 start that included a couple of home losses was not at all what the field hockey team had in mind this season. Sunday at Princeton, they showed signs of figuring it out. On the road against the third-ranked and defending national champion Tigers, the Nittany Lions posted a 4-3 win that snuffed Princeton’s 17-game winning streak. Coach Char Morett ’79 told The Daily Collegian it was all about effort.

Road to redemption: The women’s soccer team tasted some early disappointment of its own this season, falling 5-1 at Virginia in its first road game of the season. And since? (more…)

September 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

Weekend Sports Preview: “Mack the Jeff”

The 411 on Penn State’s weekend sports slate.

#MackTheJeff: Friday figures to be an emotional night at Jeffrey Field.


The men’s soccer team gets its first chance for a signature victory this season when it hosts No. 5 Cal at 7 p.m. But an even bigger draw is the chance to celebrate the life of Mack Brady. A huge soccer fan, talented young goalkeeper, and son of Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady, Mack died unexpectedly in December from a blood infection. He was just 8 years old.

I’ve got an 8-year-old son of my own, and I can only begin to appreciate such a tragic loss. But I know it’s been inspiring, and apparently a huge boost for the Brady family, to see how the Penn State soccer family has rallied in Mack’s memory. (more…)

September 13, 2013 at 11:31 am 2 comments

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