PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown women's ice hockey opens it's season on the road this weekend and it all begins with a bang as the Bears face the team that knocked them out of the ECAC Hockey playoffs last year, the No. 2 nationally-ranked Cornell Big Red. The two teams will square off on Friday, October 28, at 3 p.m., at Lynah Rink. Bruno will then head to Colgate for a showdown against the Raiders at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29.
INTERVIEW WITH AMY BOURBEAU
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.
After making the postseason for the first time in five seasons, Brown has been picked to finish ninth overall in the 2012-13 ECAC Hockey 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.
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.
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.
Brown will look to its front line for leadership as seniors Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) and Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) were selected as co-captains for the 2012-13 season. Jolin, who was the team's point leader in 2010-11, adjusted well to her new position last season while Polenska, who missed two weeks of the season to train with the Czech Republic National Team, still finished third on the team with 15 points.
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. Robson tallied 10 goals and registered seven assists, fifth-best on the team, to finish second in points.
Junior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario), fourth on the team in points, along with sophomores Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.), sixth in points and Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.), eighth in points, as well as juniors Emilie Dolan (Montreal, Quebec) and Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario), and sophomore Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) make up the returners for Brown at forward.
Junior Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario), who led the squad with 12 assists, returns to anchor the blue line along with sophomore Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.), who made 30 starts in her first season with the Bears. Seniors Victoria Smith (Montreal, Quebec) and Alexandra Piersiak (Needham, Mass.) and juniors Samantha Woodward (Lexington, Mass.) and Kelly Kittredge (Mahwah, N.J.) also return along the blue line for Brown.
Brown also welcomes eight rookies to the Hockey Program. Hunter Davis (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario), Kelly Micholson (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Emma Pearson (Richmond Hill, Ontario), Alli Rolandelli (Minnetonka, Minn.), Micaela Ross (McKinney, Texas), Ariana Rucker (Oakton, Va.) and Lauren Zary (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) compose the class of 2016.
2011-12 Brown Women's Ice Hockey Highlights
- First Playoff Appearance since 2005-06
- Most Overall Wins since 2006-07
- Most Ties in a season: Record
- Fewest Losses since 2005-06
- Most Conference wins & fewest conference losses since 2005-06
- First All-Ivy selection (Aubree Moore) since 2009-10 (Katie Jamieson - second team)
- First All-Ivy First Team selection (Aubree Moore) since 2007-08 (Hayley Moore)
- First ECAC Rookie Team selection (Sarah Robson) since 2008-09 (Paige Pyett)
- First ECAC Third Team (Aubree Moore) selection since 2008-09 (Nicole Stock)
A Glance at Cornell
- Ranked second in the country
- Reached last three Frozen Fours
- 2-1 on the season
- Split with Boston University
- Topped ECAC rival St. Lawrence, 5-1
- Women's hockey website
A Glance at Colgate
- 2-4 on the season
- Losses to Minnesota (twice), Northeastern and UNH
- Won last two games, both over Connecticut
- Rookie goaltender Ashlynne Rando recently named ECAC Goalie of the Week
- Women's hockey website