2001-2002 Season Outlook The Bears enter the 2001-2002 season with hopes to extend play well into the spring months.
The Brown Women's Ice Hockey roster possesses an excellent combination of accomplished experience and talented youth. With seven players who saw action in all of the team's games last season, Brown should contend for numerous post-season honors. In all positions the team looks solid, and Coach Murphy has set lofty goals for her team, as the Bears look to extend the season well into the month of March.
This season the Bears have two players that will vie for time in the net. Leading the way is junior goaltender Pam Dreyer (Eagle River, AK), who is coming off an extremely impressive sophomore season. Dreyer finished the season first in the nation with a .941 save percentage, while tying for first with seven shutouts. She ended the season second in the nation with 1.61 goals against average. Dreyer earned Second Team All-Ivy and Honorable Mention All-ECAC honors. She was named to the All-Tournament team at the ECAC Championships, after her 56-save performance against Dartmouth in the semifinals. Dreyer's experience, combined with her excellent stick skills and composure, will continue to make her a solid presence between the pipes. Sophomore Katie Germain (Sarnia, ONT) will play a crucial role as a reserve in the net. She saw action in seven games last season. Her continued strong work ethic will be vital for the Bears, as the team looks to rely upon whomever is in the net.
The loss of Second Team All-ECAC and First Team All-Ivy selection Cara Gardner will prove to be an impacting loss. Gardner was a mainstay for the Brown defense. This season, though, the Bears will rely upon the leadership and impressive play of captain Kim Insalaco '03 (Rochester, NY) to organize the defense. Insalaco moved behind the blue line last year to balance out the Brown lineup, earning Team MVP honors for her efforts. This versatile player will lead the team both offensively and defensively. Coming off a summer where she trained with the U.S. National Team, Coach Murphy believes that the experience only enhanced Insalaco's confidence and play. Insalaco is considered one of the nation's top forty women's hockey players. The defense will also look to quality play from key returnees Cassie Turner '03 (Campbelford, ONT), Emily Sigman '02 (Milton, MA) and Mandy McCurdy '03 (Johnstown, ONT).
Turner saw action in 28 games in 2000-01, and tallied 16 assists. She will serve as an assistant captain this season. Turner played this summer with the U-22 Canadian National Team, which will allow her to provide additional experience to this year's squad. Turner, a stay-at home defender, is a rock solid force on defense, with great size and superior strength. Sigman played in all 29 games last season and is a solid blueliner. She tallied two goals and 10 assists during the season. McCurdy possesses a solid understanding of the game. Her impressive slap shot provides a key weapon in her game and for the Bears attack. Sophomore Marguerite McDonald will play a key defensive role this year as well.
The Bears look to newcomer Amy McLaughlin (Berlin, MA) from Milton Academy to provide depth in the back. McLaughlin helped her team earn Co-ISL championship status in 1998 and 1999. She was named 2001 Hockey Night in Boston Defensive MVP and also received The Boston Bruins Female-Scholar Athlete Award.
The Brown offense appears to be the strength of this year's team. Although, with the graduation of Kathleen Kauth (Saratoga Springs, NY), the Bears will need to fill a key scoring void. The offense will look to last year's second leading goal scorer captain Kristy Zamora '02 (Oshawa, ONT), to lead the attack. Zamora is coming off an impressive year on the ice, where she played in all 29 games for the Bears, totaling 14-7-21. Courtney Johnson '03 (Falmouth, MA) returns to provide speed to the Bears lineup. Last season the forward saw action in all 29 games, recording 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points. Johnson is one of the team's assistant captains this season. Meredith Ostrander '02 (Prescott, ONT) will serve as another weapon up front. She has impressive size, excellent hands, and a great shot. Ostrander played in all 29 games for Brown last season, and recorded 9-10-19 for a total. Two members of the class of '04 demonstrated in their rookie campaigns that they are up for the challenges presented to them. Krissy McManus (Dedham, MA) and Kelly Sheridan (Short Hills, NJ) saw action in 28 and 29 games, respectively last season. Both players will provide key depth to the Bears front line. McManus tallied five goals and seven assists for 12 points in her rookie campaign. In this her second season, Coach Murphy anticipates McManus to contribute in an even higher level. Sheridan totaled 3-5-8, and should also compete for a place in the lineup.
Three newcomers will join the Bear attack for the 2001-2002 season. Katie Guay (Westfield, MA) is a four-sport athlete out of Deerfield Academy. She earned MVP honors as a senior while captaining the team. Guay's nose for the goal is evident, as she is the all time leading goal scorer in Deerfield history with 74 goals. An excellent athlete, Kerry Nugent (Andover, MA) from Brooks School, was a four-year letterwinner in hockey, soccer, and softball. The 4-time ISL All-League holds the career points record at Brooks, with 101 goals, 52 assists, for 153 points. Jessica Link (Clifton Park, NY) is a crafty, athletic forward, from the Syracuse Stars. Link played a key role for the Stars, as they earned last year's U-19 U.S. National Championship. She recorded 70 goals and 50 assists, for 120 points, with the Stars, and should contend for a steady position in the lineup.