September 17, 2012

Brown Ranked Ninth in ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After making the postseason for the first time in five seasons, the Brown Women's Ice Hockey team has been picked to finish ninth overall in the 2012-13 Preseason Poll as selected by the conference's head coaches. Brown finished just six points back of eighth-ranked RPI for the potential final playoff spot.

The Brown Bears women's hockey program had a resurgent year under first-year head coach Amy Bourbeau, as the long-time Princeton assistant led Bruno back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Bourbeau, just the third head coach in program history, piloted the team to its most wins since 2006-07 and fewest losses since 2005-06. The squad also posted its most ECAC wins and fewest conference losses since 05-06.

Several players put up stellar performances in their first years under Bourbeau. Junior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) was a finalist for the ECAC Goalie of the Year award and finished as a third-team, all-conference selection, the team's first honoree since 2008-09. Moore also garnered first-team All-Ivy honors, the first such distinction since 2007-08.

Rookie winger and team goal-scoring leader Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team, the program's first all-freshman selection since 2008-09.

With nine of the team's top-10 point-scorers back in 2012-13 along with the goal-tending duo of Moore and senior Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario), and a talented crop of newcomers, Brown appears poised to make a run back to the postseason, trying to make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since the 04-05 and 05-06 seasons.