PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This weekend Brown women's ice hockey begins its 2010-11 season as the Bears will play three exhibition contests before its opening regular-season slate on the road at Boston College on Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Brown heads to Princeton this Saturday to take on the Tigers and Yale in afternoon doubleheader before returning to Meehan Auditorium to host Toronto Canada's Etobicoke Collegiate Institute at Noon on Sunday.
Senior co-captains Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, Ill.), Erica Kromm (Naramata, British Columbia) and Samantha Stortini (Sudbury, Ontario) look to lead head coach Digit Murphy's 21st Brown Bear hockey team back to the ECAC Hockey Championships.
Kromm was the team-leader in 2009 with seven assists and was second on the squad with 10 points. Dancewicz did it all on the offensive end last season as she tallied four goals and five assists. Stortini is the anchor of the back line and will once again be relied upon to stand up a staunch defense.
Sophomore Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic), who was second on the team with five goals last season, was named the captain of the Czech Olympic Developmental Team this off-season and looks to improve upon an impressive rookie campaign. Classmate Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) laid claim to the Bears' leading net-minder position last season and is poised to improve upon 855 saves and three shutouts in her freshman year.
Brown welcomes seven newcomers to this year's roster. All are freshman, but should make an impact on different lines this season.
The Bears first ECAC Hockey game is on Oct. 29th at Dartmouth. Brown will also host this season's Mayor's Cup battle against Providence College on Nov. 26th.
Both the men's and women's hockey team will kick-off this season tonight, Oct. 15th at Meehan Auditorium with Hockey Fan Fest 2010. Players and coaches from both teams will be on the ice and fans in attendance will have the chance to participate in contests, win raffles, and interact with the players. Doors open at 6:30 p.m and admission is free to the public.