September 7, 2006

2006 Field Hockey Season Outlook

Sept. 7, 2006

Providence, RI - Brown's hard work and learning paid off last year, as the Bears enjoyed one of their most successful seasons since winning the Ivy League title in 1999. Last year's team finished second in the Ivy League with a 5-2 mark and posted an 8-8 overall record. Head Coach Carolan Norris' Bears return 15 letterwinners, including six starters, and the roster will be bolstered with several new faces who are ready to make an immediate impact on Warner Roof.

Senior tri-captains Evelyn Brosi (Baltimore, MD), Tracy Dungo (North Caldwell, NJ), and Samantha Lloyd (Shavertown, PA) will provide maturity and experience to a team consisting of five juniors, five sophomores, and six freshmen. Brosi has steadily improved her game and is a valuable piece of the Brown netminding crew. She appeared in five games last season, and was named Ivy League Player of the Week after posting a 1-0 shutout over Harvard, Brown's first win over the Crimson since 1992. Dungo and Lloyd have each been starters on the front line since the 2004 season, and both started all 16 games last season, with Dungo contributing two goals and Lloyd finishing as the Bears' leading scorer. Lloyd led Brown with 20 points (8g, 4a), en route to unanimous First Team All-Ivy honors and a spot on the NFHCA Northeast Regional All-American Second Team. The duo will once again be called upon to lead Brown's attack.

Senior Rebecca Mondics (Bethesda, MD), junior Katie Auriemma (Medford, NJ), and sophomore Ann LeClerc (Acton, MA) will help lead the backfield this season. All three may also contribute in the midfield, but return with valuable experience on defense. Mondics returns with the most experience, having been a starter in each of the past two seasons. She also contributes on the attack, and finished last year with one goal and one assist. Auriemma was a significant reserve last year, playing in 13 games. She will look to make more of a significant contribution during her junior season. LeClerc returns with a year of collegiate experience under her belt. She played in seven games in reserve last year, and posted one defensive save. She should see more playing time this season, after a successful spring campaign. Sophomore Natalie Harrington (Locust Valley, NY) is another defensive midfielder, who should also compete for more playing time after appearing in one game as a rookie.

Brown's midfield returns several familiar faces, including junior Ani Kazarian (Providence, RI), a two-year starter, and sophomore Sara Eaton (Arlington, VA), who made an immediate impact last season as a rookie and earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors. A product of the Lincoln School, Kazarian has played in all 32 games over the past two years, starting in 28. She scored two goals last season and will anchor the Bears' midfield. Eaton finished her first season with 10 points (3g, 4a), fourth overall on the team and tops among Brown freshmen. She possesses both great stick skills and a fantastic shot, and will be counted on the provide scoring for the Bears. Sophomore Victoria Sacco (Madison, NJ) also returns after appearing in 10 games last year. She should compete for more time on the field this season and could prove to be a valuable piece of the Bears' corner unit, which lost two key members to graduation. Freshmen Jackie Connard (Pipersville, PA), Abby Hein (Greenwood Village, CO), Whitney Knowlton (Columbus, OH), and Nora Malgieri (Gates Mille, OH) will all look to contribute in the midfield immediately.

The Bears return nearly their entire front line, anchored by Lloyd and Dungo, who will once again be counted on to provide offensive production. Juniors Andrea Posa (Weston, MA) and Sandhya Dhir (Agoura Hills, CA) are also expected to contribute, following two seasons of collegiate experience and a successful spring season. Posa played in all 16 games, earning three starts, and netted two goals last year, including one on a penalty stroke in the Bears' victory over Yale. Dhir played in 13 of the Bears' games with five starts, and scored a goal against Providence. Senior Stacy Gugliotta (East Falmouth, MA), who played in 13 games last year, will also look to contribute up front in 2006. Newcomers Madison Miketa (Durham, NC) and Michaela Seigo (Annandale, VA), who may also see time in the midfield, will add depth to the Bears' front line.

The Bears are strong and experienced in goal with the return of two talented goalies who both can play on any given day. Headlining the duo is junior Kristen Hodavance (Emmaus, PA), who posted a .770 save percentage and a 2.17 GAA in 14 games last year. Brosi also returns with game experience, posting a 2.16 GAA and a .739 save percentage in five games last season.