May 1, 2008
The Brown field hockey team has announced the recipients of the 2007 team awards at its year-end banquet held on Sunday, April 27th. Eight different Bears earned awards led by senior Ani Kazarian (Providence, RI), who was the recipient of the Most Valuable Player Award. Seniors Sandhya Dhir (Agoura Hills, CA) and Andrea Posa (Weston, MA) were co-recipients of the Outstanding Offensive Player Award, while senior Katie Auriemma (Medford, NJ) was selected as the Outstanding Defensive Player. Senior Kristen Hodavance (Emmaus, PA) earned the Tricia E. Colligan Sportsmanship Award and junior Natalie Harrington (Locust Valley, NY) was the recipient of the John L. Danfoth Unsung Hero Award. Sophomore Whitney Knowlton (Columbus, OH) was the recipient of the Coaches' Award, while freshman Katie Hyland (Riegelsville, PA) was honored with the Outstanding Rookie Award.
Kazarian earned Second Team All-Ivy honors, while helping to anchor Brown's midfield. She played in 64 of 65 games during her career, starting 60 of them, and posted 13 points (6g, 1a), including two game-winning goals.
Dhir and Posa helped to lead Brown's offense for the second straight year. Despite missing several games with a knee injury, Posa still finished as the Bears' leading scorer with nine points (4g, 1a), while Dhir pitched in four points (1g, 2a). During her career, Posa played in 52 career games (30 starts), and earned 31 points (15g, 1a). Dhir played in 51 games (33 starts) in her career, finishing with 15 points (6g, 3a).
Auriemma played in 14 games during the 2007 season, earning nine starts, while helping to lead the Bears' defensive unit. For her career, Auriemma played in 56 games and posted one defensive save, which she earned this season. Hodavance has been a vital part of the Brown goaltending corps during her four-year career, playing in 54 career games (50 starts). This past season, Hodavance appeared in 11 games, starting 10 of them, and earned a 3.06 GAA with a .701 save percentage and one shutout.
After playing in just three games during her first two seasons with the Bears, Harrington earned a regular spot in the lineup this season, playing in 13 games and earning three starts. Knowlton also earned a regular spot in the lineup this year, playing in all 17 games and earning 15 starts, after appearing in just six games during her rookie season. Both Harrington and Knowlton, who posted one defensive save on the season, were crucial to the Bears' defense. Hyland started all 17 games in the midfield last season and finished fourth on the team in scoring with four points (2g).