Sept. 7, 2006
Providence, RI - Most teams that graduate seven seniors, including five starters, from a team that went 5-10-2 on the season and 1-4-2 in the Ivy League would consider the following season a "rebuilding" year. However, Head Coach Phil Pincince and his Brown women's soccer team are heading into the 2006 season once again gunning for an Ivy League title.
A closer look shows that last year's record was not indicative of Brown's competitiveness throughout the season. Of the team's 10 losses, all but the final game of the season against Yale were by one goal. Three of those losses came in double overtime, six by the score of 1-0. The team only allowed one more goal than it scored for the season. The number of crossbars hit and goals overturned made it seem like the Bears must have drawn lady luck's ire.
This season's edition of the team is ready to put that all in the past. Three All-Ivy players return: first- and second-leading scorers Lindsay Cunningham '09 (Cumberland, RI) and Kathryn Moos '07 (Wayzata, MN) as well as defender Jill Mansfield '07 (East Windsor, NJ).
The front line is anchored by Cunningham and Moos. Cunningham caught fire after breaking into the starting lineup midway through the season, and finished with six goals and one assist for 13 points. Four of those goals came during the Ivy season, representing 80 percent of Brown's scoring in those seven games. Moos, also a member of the women's ice hockey team, had nine points on three goals and three assists. The 2003 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Moos has 40 points in three seasons.
Sophomore Emily Geldwert (Larchmont, NY), will play both forward and midfield after playing in 11 games last season, scoring one goal. Rounding out the returning forwards are senior Mica Bayard (Princeton, MA), who played in 14 games last year, and sophomore Ashley Hartt (Cave Creek, AZ). Freshman Kellie Slater (Golden, CO) will join the forward unit.
Senior Kathleen Waddell (Minnetonka, MN), will split time between the front line and at midfield, playing mostly the latter. She started eight games last season, playing in all but one contest, and had three assists. Joining her is junior Anne Friedland (Toronto, ONT), who was one of two Bears to start all 17 games in 2005, assisting on one goal. Junior Andrea Pagnanelli (Huntington Beach, CA) started seven games, scoring two goals. Junior Susie Keller (Cincinnati, OH) started nine games, getting into 14 contests and tallying three points on a goal and an assist. Sophomore Jamie Mize (Washington, DC) saw time in 15 games, and should see an increased workload this season.
Junior Whitney Clark (Eugene, OR) and sophomore Alex Michael (Pacific Palisades, CA) will work for more playing time, as will freshmen midfielders Bridget Ballard (Los Angeles, CA), Samantha Hannan (Weston, FL), and Melissa Kim (Bethesda, MD).
Mansfield, a fan favorite for her long-range flip throw-ins, led the Bears with four assists last season, adding a goal for six points. She'll anchor the backfield mostly, occasionally moving up to midfield. Also anchoring the back line will be junior Mollie Mattuchio (Pepperell, MA), a two-year starter, and junior Kerrilynn Carney (North Smithfield, RI), who started 16 of 17 games last season and won the Dobson-Kay Coaches' Award. Junior Julia Shapira (Los Angeles, CA) returns after missing all of last season with an injury.
The rest of the backfield unit is relatively inexperienced. Sophomore Yeilani Figueroa (Mt. Vernon, NY) saw action in three games, and Julie Wu (Tiburon, CA) will be looking to crack the lineup for the first time after missing her rookie season with an injury. Freshmen Caitlin Gorham (McLean, VA) and Meghan Robinson (Minneapolis, MN), who will both also see time at midfield, and Paige Reidy (Honeoye Falls, NY), will compete for playing time in their rookie seasons.
In net, Bears have some huge shoes to fill. The graduated Hilary Wilson was by far the busiest goalkeeper in the Ivy League in her two seasons on College Hill, stopping 262 shots. Three keepers - sophomore Jennifer Hutchinson (Ottawa, ONT) and freshmen Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) and Stephanie Yellin (Savannah, GA) - or perhaps a combination of all three, will compete for the starting nod.