September 2, 2004

Bears Ready for 2004 Season

Sept. 2, 2004

After its most successful season since 1999, the Brown field hockey team will look to build on last year's 11-6 record with an experienced but youthful squad. Head Coach Carolan Norris' Bears return 18 letterwinners, including six starters from the 2003 team, which finished fourth in the Ivy League with a 4-3 record. Senior tri-captains Julia Kelderman (Chevy Chase, MD), Katie Noe (Simsbury, CT), and Evan O'Connell (Greenwich, CT) will provide maturity and experience to a team consisting of seven juniors, 11 sophomores, and seven freshmen. Kelderman has started every game of her college career and will help anchor the midfield. A versatile athlete, who can also play in the backfield, Kelderman is steady and calm with the ball, and provides consistency for the Bears. The starting goalie for Brown since her freshman season, Noe is the backbone of Bruno's defense in goal. She started in all 17 games last year and posted a 1.75 GAA with a .752 save percentage. O'Connell will look to provide a scoring punch on the front line, after three seasons with the Bears. Leading Brown's defense this season will be junior Kristen Vincent (Glens Falls, NY), who returns as the Bears' starting sweeper. Vincent started in 16 games last year, and earned one assist. A member of the USA Field Hockey Summer League this past summer, Vincent will lead a relatively young backfield, along with classmate Laura Kavazanjian (Setauket, NY). Kavazanjian played in 12 games last season, start-ing in six, while splitting time between midfield and defense. She notched three points in 2003 and will look to contribute at both ends of the field this season. Joining Vincent and Kelderman on defense is sophomore Katie Lee (Chevy Chase, MD), who can also play in the midfield. The field hockey Rookie Award winner last year, Lee played in 13 games as a freshman, earning seven starts. She adds consistency and patience and will help anchor the backfield. Sophomore Rebecca Mondics (Bethesda, MD) may see time at both back and midfield. Replacing the void in the lineup left by the graduation of three-time All-Region and four-time All-Ivy honoree Lizzie Buza '04 presents a challenge for Brown's midfield. In addition to Kelderman, two of the top prospects to help replace Buza's presence are junior Lindsay Boris (Shavertown, PA) and sophomore Stacy Gugliotta (East Falmouth, MA), who scored one goal in eight games last year and adds depth to the frontline. Both may also see time on the front line this season. Boris has played in 28 games in two seasons, earning 21 starts, and may also see time at back. Sophomore Hope Stockman (Princeton, NJ), who is also a member of the Brown women's ice hockey team, and newcomer Sara Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ), will also look to contribute. Juniors Brooke Townsend (Houston, TX) and Tess Belmont (Poughkeepsie, NY) headline the returning forwards, along with O'Connell. Converted to forward from her lifetime position in the backfield at the start of last season, Townsend made an immediate impact at the forward position. A powerful athlete, who can fill in at defense if needed, Townsend finished as the Bears' fourth-leading scorer with nine points. Belmont joined the team last season after a year away from school, and appeared in 14 games, notching three points. Sophomores Jenica Cimino (San Rafael, CA), Tracy Dungo (North Caldwell, NJ), who may also see time at midfield, and Samantha Lloyd (Shavertown, PA), who appeared in two games last year, also return after a successful spring season. Freshman Sandhya Dhir (Agoura Hills, CA) and Andrea Posa (Weston, MA) add depth to the Bears' front line. A duo of forward/midfielders, juniors Libby Fritz (Gladstone, NJ) and Kristen Leary (Woodbridge, VA), also returns to the team and will look to contribute immediately. Freshman Catherine Auriemma (Medford, NJ) will look to contribute at either forward or midfield, along with local stand-out and product of the Lincoln School, Ani Kazarian (Providence, RI). The Bears are strong and experienced in goal with the return of Noe, one of the top goalies in the Ivy League, and sophomore Evelyn Brosi (Baltimore, MD), who appeared in one game last year, registering one save. She will look to challenge Noe, along with newcomer Kristen Hodavance (Emmaus, PA).