May 29, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown field hockey team has announced the recipients of the 2008 team awards at its year-end banquet. Seven different Bears earned awards led by senior Sara Eaton (Arlington, VA), who was the recipient of the Most Valuable Player Award. Senior Ann LeClerc (Acton, MA) earned the Outstanding Defensive Player Award, while freshman Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) was selected as the Outstanding Offensive Player. Junior Jackie Connard (Pipersville, PA) received both the Tricia E. Colligan '96 Sportsmanship Award and the Skip Danforth '52 Unsung Hero Award, while freshman Caroline Washburn (Pittsburgh, PA) was honored with the Outstanding Rookie Award. Sophomores Katie Hyland (Riegelsville, PA) and Tacy Zysk (Walpole, MA) also received honors, earning the Five Claw Award and the Coaches Award, respectively.
A two-time All-Ivy selection and Second Team All-Region honoree, Eaton was second on the team with four assists this season, while helping to control the Bears' midfield. Eaton played some of her best field hockey towards the middle and end of this season, starting in 16 of 17 games on the year and finishing with six points (1g, 4a). For her career, Eaton played in 63 games, earning 60 starts, and posted 13 assists, which ranks eighth all-time at Brown.
LeClerc played in 13 games this past season, starting nine of them, while helping to lead the Bears' defense. For her career, LeClerc played in 48 games, starting 21 of them. She posted three defensive saves in her career.
Springmeyer finished the season as the Bears' leading scorer, earning Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors. She was one of Brown's top players during the final five games of the season, notching 14 points in this time with at least one point in each of the five. She finished the season with 21 points (12th all-time at Brown), while also leading the Bears with eight goals (12th all-time at Brown) and five assists. Springmeyer saved her best performance of the season for Brown's final game, scoring her first career hat trick and assisting a fourth goal, as the Bears defeated Yale, 4-1. For the season, she ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 13 points in League games only, third with five goals, and eighth with three assists. Overall, she was 10th with 21 points, ninth with eight goals, and ninth with five assists. Her 21 points is the highest single-season point total for a Brown rookie since Kim Rogers '00 had 28 points during the 1996 season.
A tri-captain this past season, Connard has been a vital part of the Brown midfield in each of the past two seasons. She played in 16 games last year, helping to control the midfield. In three seasons, Connard has played in 41 games, earning 12 starts, and has posted four points (1g, 2a).
Washburn played in 10 games as a rookie, starting six games in net for the Bears. She posted a 3-3 record on the season and led Brown with a 2.52 goals against average and a .737 save percentage, making 56 saves on 76 shots.
Hyland and Zysk both started all 17 games last fall and finished third and fourth on the team in scoring, respectively. Hyland notched 10 points on the season, scoring three goals and assisting four, tied for second on the team, while Zysk tallied nine points on four goals and one assist. Hyland also had one defensive save, as the duo logged the second- and third-highest number of minutes on the team this season, playing in 1117 and 1099 of Brown's 1239 minutes.