Bears Set for 2005 Season

Aug. 22, 2005

After going through a rebuilding year with just three seniors on the roster, and starting 10 underclassmen, including a freshman goalie, the Bears will look to build upon last year's accomplishments. Head Coach Carolan Norris' Bears return 18 letterwinners, including 10 starters, and the roster will be bolstered with several new faces, who are ready to make an immediate impact on Warner Roof.

Senior co-captains Brooke Townsend (Stamford, CT) and Kristen Vincent (Glens Falls, NY) will provide maturity and experience to a team consisting of five seniors, seven juniors, six sophomores, and seven freshmen. A three-year starter in the midfield, Townsend will help anchor the Bears' transition game. A smart player and a powerful athlete, Townsend can also fill in at forward and at back. She finished with 3-1-7 numbers and was honored with Second Team All-Ivy recognition last year. Vincent has been the team's starting sweeper in each of the past two seasons. With one of the hardest shots on the team, Vincent led Brown in scoring last year with 15 points (6g, 3a). A unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection and Second Team STX/NFHCA Northeast Regional All-American in 2004, Vincent also led the Bears with five defensive saves. She will help to anchor the defensive unit once again this season. Townsend and Vincent should each have an exceptional senior year.

Seniors Laura Kavazanjian (Setauket, NY) and Lindsay Boris (Shavertown, PA) will help to lead the backfield this year, though each may also see time in the midfield. Kavazanjian has been a regular starter in each of the past three seasons, providing consistency and a calm and steady presence on the field. She picked up two defensive saves last season, but has also contributed offensively during her career. Boris had a breakthrough season last year. A starter/significant reserve during her first two years, Boris played in all 16 games, earning 14 starts last year. Defensively, she posted one defensive save. In addition, Boris scored the first three goals of her career, including the game-winning goal against intra-state rival Rhode Island, highlighting her ability to play the length of the field. Sophomore Katie Auriemma (Medford, NJ), who may also see time at midfield, grew as a player last year. She played in 13 games, mostly at back, with two starts. She will look to make more of a significant contribution during her sophomore season.

Senior Libbie Fritz (Gladstone, NJ) and junior Rebecca Mondics (Bethesda, MD), two more back/midfielders, round out the returning members of the defensive unit. After serving as a reserve during her first two years with the Bears, Fritz started in all 16 games last year. She recorded one defensive save on the season and notched an assist in Brown's first game of 2004. Fritz will once again be a valuable contributor to the Bears' back and midfield. Mondics gained a tremendous amount of experience last season, playing in all 16 games, while earning 14 starts, after playing in just two as a rookie. She recorded one defensive save on the season and with two goals last year, both against Harvard, Mondics will look to contribute at both ends of the field. Newcomers Marisa Loo (Camarillo, CA), who played on the Elite Futures U-19 team that was coached by Norris, and Natalie Harrington (Locust Valley, NY), who could also contribute in the midfield, will bolster the Bears' defense this season.

Last season, Brown's midfield faced a significant challenge in replacing three-time All-Region and four-time All-Ivy honoree Lizzie Buza '04. In addition to Townsend, some of the younger Bears who stepped up to help fill the void included sophomores Ani Kazarian (Providence, RI) and Sara Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ), and junior Hope Stockman (Princeton, NJ). A highly-touted recruit and a product of the Lincoln School, Kazarian immediate jumped into the starting lineup, starting in 14 of 16 games played. She scored three goals on the season, including a two-goal performance in Brown's win over Fairfield. Kazarian may also see time at forward this year. Springmeyer and Stockman gained valuable experience in the midfield last year, playing in six and seven games, respectively. They will compete for more time on the field this season, after completing a successful spring campaign. Newcomers Ann LeClerc (Acton, MA) and Victoria Sacco (Madison, NJ) will also look to contribute in the midfield.

Juniors Samantha Lloyd (Shavertown, PA and Tracy Dungo (North Caldwell, NJ) headline the returning forwards. After playing minimally as freshman, Lloyd and Dungo each had breakout years as sophomores, playing in all 16 games. Dungo started in 10 contests, finishing tied for fourth on the team with seven points (3g, 1a), including the game-winning goal against Cornell. Lloyd earned 13 starts and tallied 2-2-6 numbers on the season, including her first career goal, the game-winner, in Brown's season-opening victory over Albany. The duo will once again be counted on to provide a scoring punch this year.

Junior Stacy Gugliotta (East Falmouth, MA), who played in 13 games and tallied one goal last year, sophomore Andrea Posa (Weston, MA), who appeared in nine games as a rookie, sophomore Sandhya Dhir (Agoura Hills, CA), who played in five games as a rookie, and junior Jenica Cimino (San Rafael, CA), who appeared in one contest last year, will also look to contribute up front this season. Brown also welcomes two newcomers to the front line, including Sara Eaton (Arlington, VA), who played on the Elite Futures U-19 Team coached by Norris and may also see time in the midfield, and Tess Standa (Lake Bluff, IL).

The Bears are strong and experienced in goal with the return of sophomore Kristen Hodavance (Emmaus, PA), who earned the team's Outstanding Rookie Award after posting a 2.91 GAA and a .780 save percentage in 13 games last season. The backbone of Brown's defense, Hodavance will be challenged by junior Evelyn Brosi (Baltimore, MD), who made great improvements last year. She appeared in three games and posted a 2.69 GAA with a .800 save percentage. Newcomer Kim Perley (Tewksbury, MA) will also add depth to the goaltending position.