Bears Set to Open 2011 Season at New Hampshire

Bears Set to Open 2011 Season at New Hampshire

Under the direction of new head coach Jill Reeve, the Brown field hockey team will look towards continued improvement over the 2010 season, during which the Bears were 6-11 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League, good for fourth place. Reeve, who came to Brown after rebuilding the Miami Ohio field hockey program during her seven-year tenure, will rely on the leadership of a strong senior class, especially tri-captains Laura Iacovetti (Blue Bell, PA), Bridget McNamara (Bethesda, MD), and Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ), to help guide the Bears both on and off the field. 

Returning 3; Lost 2; Newcomers 1

The Bears return their top two scorers from a year ago, in Springmeyer and senior classmate Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH). An Honorable Mention All-Ivy honoree a year ago after earning Second Team honors in 2009, Springmeyer led the team in both goals (11) and points (26). She has been the Bears' leading scorer in each of her first three seasons and will be counted upon to score timely goals for Brown during her final campaign. Her 11 goals last season ranks seventh all-time at Brown, while her 10 goals during 2009 is 10th all-time. Springmeyer also ranks sixth all-time for assists in a season (9 in 2009) and fourth (10-9-29 in 2009) and ninth (11-4-26) all-time for points in a season. She will enter her final season already ranked second all-time at Brown for career goals (29), fourth all-time for career assists (18), and second for career points (29-18-76).

Taft finished two points back of Springmeyer in 2010 with 24 points and was second on the team with 10 goals (10th all-time at Brown), while leading the Bears with two game-winning scores. Taft will be relied upon to always be a threat in front of the cage, while providing valuable leadership on the field. She will enter her final season already ranked ninth all-time at Brown with 19 career goals.

Sophomore Torie Stearns (Rye, NY) will be counted on to provide more offense with a full collegiate season under her belt. As a rookie last year, Stearns earned valuable minutes, playing in all 17 games while starting 13. She finished the season with six points (1g, 4a) and was tied for second on the team with Springmeyer and Taft with four assists. Newcomer Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) will compete for playing time immediately.  

Returning 6; Lost 1; Newcomers 3

The Bears return the most depth at the midfield, having lost just one player from the 2010 squad. Senior Kit Masini (Ann Arbor, MI), junior Kelley Harrison (Houston, TX), and sophomore Avery Burns (Millersville, MD) will look to anchor the midfield in 2011. Masini returns to the team after missing all but two games in 2010 due to injuries suffered in September. She will look to regain the form she saw in 2009, during which she started all 17 games and finished tied for second on the team in scoring with 16 points (6g, 4a). Harrison has played in 33 of 34 games over the past two seasons and was one of the Bears' most consistent players in 2010. Burns returns this season after gaining valuable experience in 16 games as a rookie in 2010. 

A trio of sophomores will all compete for more time on the field this year, after seeing limited action in 2010. Charlotte Small (Summit, NJ) earned the most experience as a rookie, appearing in eight games and scoring a goal against Princeton. Maggie Brady (Tulsa, OK) and Mieke Lynch (Wilmington, DE) saw action off the bench in four and three games, respectively.

Newcomers Haley Alvarez (Martinsville, NJ), Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) and Mary Harrison (Houston, TX), the younger sister of Kelley, will all look to contribute immediately.

Returning 3; Lost 3; Newcomers 3

Iacovetti and McNamara will look to lead what will be a young backfield this season. Iacovetti has been one of the Bears' most consistent players in the backfield during her career, playing in 50 of 51 games over the past three years. An Honorable Mention All-Ivy honoree in 2010, she has also earned the team's Outstanding Defensive Player Award in each of the past two seasons. McNamara adds consistency and poise and will be relied upon to continue to lead the team both on and off the field. The recipient of the Tricia E. Colligan '96 Award for Sportsmanship, McNamara started all 17 games in 2010 and posted a pair of defensive saves and one assist. She has played in 41 career games and has also seen time in the midfield.

Sophomore Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, PA) will also be looked upon to contribute in the backfield after gaining valuable experience in 13 games as a rookie in 2010. Newcomers Liza Green (Providence, RI), Emily Longman (Shaker Heights, OH) and Elizabeth Saltonstall (Hingham, MA) will look to contribute immediately.

Returning 0; Lost 3; Newcomers 1

The biggest question mark for the Bears this season will be filling the cage. Having lost all three goalies from the 2010 squad, Brown will rely on newcomer Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) for all goaltending responsibilities. McSweeney comes to Brown with an outstanding background, having been a four-year starter at Phillips Andover, while leading the field hockey team to a 50-10-4 record during her career with 36 shutouts. An NFHCA Regional All-American in 2010, McSweeney also played with the 2010 Olympic Development Select Travel Team for the USA Women's Argentina Tour.