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Tara L. Mounsey ’02.5
Sports: Ice Hockey/Field Hockey
Year Inducted: 2011
Tara Mounsey ’00 was an exceptional athlete who not only
succeeded as a two-sport athlete on the
collegiate level, but also made her mark on the Olympic stage. A two-time member of the United States Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Mounsey played an integral part in her team’s gold medal performance at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, scoring at least one point in five of the six games. Four years later, she helped the U.S. take silver in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The potential for future success was blatantly obvious in Mounsey’s freshmen season at Brown in 1996, when the women’s ice hockey team posted a 28-2-1 mark, going undefeated in both Ivy and ECAC play. Mounsey took home both the Ivy and ECAC Rookie of the Year awards while being name to the First Team All-Ivy League.
She took the following year off of school to train and participate in the 1998 Olympic Games, only to return as a two-sport athlete. In the fall of 1998 she joined the field hockey team and was named Second Team All-Ivy and a Second Team Regional All-American. That winter she lead the women’s ice hockey team to a second place finish in the Ivy League and ECAC which earned her First Team All-Ivy honors.
The 1999-2000 season proved to be her last and most successful
at Brown. The field hockey team posted a 13-4 record and was
the Ivy League Co-Champs. Mounsey was a First Team All-Ivy,
Regional All-American and Brown’s only First Team
All-American, as well as a Honda Broderick Finalist, which
honors the top four field hockey players in the country. She
led the ice hockey team to its second Ivy League title in four
years while being named a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, an
honor that goes to the most outstanding player in all of
Division I women’s hockey.
Despite playing just two seasons, Mounsey is the field hockey team’s all-time leader in career points and goals and ranks eighth in assists. She also holds the record for most points in a season, goals in a season, goals in a game and points in a game. Mounsey left Brown as the 13th all-time leading scorer and was honored as Brown’s co-best defensive player in 2000.
Following her second Olympic Games, Mounsey earned a graduate degree from Boston College and currently works as an orthopedic nurse practitioner at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.