ALBANY, N.Y. – A shift from rebuilding mode to postseason hopeful is in the blueprints for the 2013-14 season as the Brown women's ice hockey team was picked 11th in the ECAC Preseason Coaches Poll as voted upon by the league coaches on Tuesday.
"Our goal is to return the team to playoffs," said Head Coach Amy Bourbeau, who enters her third season with the Bears. "We recognize that the program is still developing but we look forward to the challenge. The team is upbeat, focused and more ready than ever to fight our way up the ladder."
Last season, Brown picked up wins against Rensselaer, Colgate and Yale, all of whom ranked above the Bears in the preseason poll. Brown also proved it could go toe-to-toe with the league's best in a pair of narrow 2-1 losses to the Golden Knights of Clarkson, who are predicted to win the ECAC after their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
The Bears return over 60 percent of their scoring from the 2012-13 season and will look to senior forward Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario), junior forward Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) and junior defender Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.) to help Brown exceed expectations in the upcoming campaign. First-string senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) suits up for another year as well after stopping over 92 percent of shots on goal as a junior.
"Our preseason has been going well and the players are working extremely hard," Bourbeau said. "There is a lot of good energy and excitement to get started. I look forward to surprising teams this season."
Brown opens the 2013-14 season at home against the Tigers of Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m.
ECAC Preseason Coaches Poll Results (Rank, Team, Points)