Women's Icers Set to Kick Off 2002-03 Season Friday Night

Women's Icers Set to Kick Off 2002-03 Season Friday Night

Oct. 31, 2002

The Brown women's hockey team will kick-off the 2002-03 season Friday night at the newly renovated Meehan Auditorium. The Bears will face Niagara at 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. game. Niagara has started its season with a 3-1 record and Brown begins its season ranked fifth on the current US College Hockey Online Poll.

Coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history, the Bears enter the 2002-2003 campaign as last season's ECAC-North League Champions and NCAA Women's Frozen Four runner-up. The Bears came on strong in the latter half of 2001-2002, posting a 19-2-1 record in the final 22 games of the season, and ended the season ranked first in the nation in penalty/kill percentage, and second in both scoring margin and combined special teams play. With a solid group of last year's lineup returning, and ten new additions to the roster, Brown looks to continue its ECAC and national scene dominance.

Two players return to solidify the goaltending position for the Bears. Senior Pam Dreyer (Eagle River, AK) and junior Katie Germain (Sarnia, Ontario) split time in net throughout last season. Germain came on strong in the middle part of the year, and completed the season as the ECAC's leader in all goaltending categories, including save percentage (.942), goals against average (1.22), and winning percentage (.889; 8-1-0). Germain earned First-Team All Ivy for her efforts, and was also named the Team's Unsung Hero. Her play in net last season gave her solid experience and improved confidence, which should prove to be a huge asset to this year's team.

After enduring a bout with mononucleosis, Pam Dreyer returned to the Bears' lineup in early March, making an immediate impact on the team's defense. After stopping 42 shots against Dartmouth in the ECAC Championship game, she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. She then posted an impressive 25-save performance against Minnesota in the NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal, leading Brown into the Title game. Dreyer was a Second Team All-ECAC selection, and was also honored as the League's Goaltender of the Week. She ranked fourth in the nation in save percentage (.938), and also posted a (1.55) goals against average, which was good for eighth in the country. Entering her senior season, Brown will look for great things from the assistant captain.

Newcomer Jodi Blustin will add depth to the goaltender position for the Bears. Blustin is a native of Duluth, MN, and was a three-time participant on the Minnesota Selects Team and a three-time member of the Community Olympic Development Program.

The Brown defense will have to compensate for the loss of Team MVP, Meredith Ostrander '02, who played an integral role in last year's impressive defensive effort. The Bears will not have to look far though, as senior co-captain Cassie Turner (Campellford, Ontario) will undoubtedly anchor the defense. The First Team All-ECAC and All-Ivy selection is a hard-nosed defender, whose size and strength helped Brown to maintain the number one penalty/kill percentage in the nation last year. Along with Turner, senior Mandy McCurdy (Johnstown, Ontario) came on strong last season, appearing in 35 contests, and tallying 3-9-12 totals.

Last season's Most Improved Player Award recipient, Katie Lafleur (Aylmer, Ouebec) emerged to become one of the team's most consistent performers. She played in 31 contests, netting four goals and adding ten assists. Lafleur has a great set of hands and will look to contribute even more in 2002-2003. Brown anxiously awaits the return of Amy McLaughlin (Berlin, MA), who was sidelined with a back injury during the early part of last season. McLaughlin showed a tremendous amount of potential in her rookie season, as she tallied 2-2-4 in the five games in which she played.

Adding to the depth behind the blueline this season will be newcomers Mara Delaroche (Corunna, ONT), Ashlee Drover (Bay Roberts, NF), and Myria Heinhuis (Chatham, ONT).

Last year's Frozen Four MVP, Kristy Zamora '02, is no longer part of the Bears' lineup, but many other players await the chance to fill the scoring void she left behind. Senior co-captain, Kim Insalaco '03 (Rochester, NY) is a versatile player, who can play in front of or behind the blue line. Last season she netted 14 goals and added 26 assists. Insalaco demonstrated she can score in the clutch, as she netted four game-winning goals, including back to back tallies against Dartmouth (ECAC Championship) and Minnesota (NCAA Semifinals). Her 26 assists ranked 3rd on the team.

Sophomore Jessica Link (Clifton Park, NY) had a tremendous first season last year with Brown. She earned Second Team All-Ivy honors and was also named to the ECAC All-Rookie team. As a freshman, she finished the season ranked second on the team in scoring, with 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 total points. She is a crafty hard-working player with a sheer love for the game. The Brown department of athletics awarded her with the Kate Silver Award, recognizing her as the school's top first year female varsity athlete.

Assistant captain Courtney Johnson (Falmouth, MA) will look to continue her consistent play on the front line. Johnson recorded 9-27-36 last season, and led the team in power play goals, with four. Junior Krissy McManus (Dedham, MA) adds even more depth to the front line, as she is a crafty attacker. McManus totaled 17-17-34 last season, and netted three game-winning goals.

Two sophomores, Kerry Nugent (Andover, MA) and Katie Guay (Westfield, MA) will look to build upon their outstanding rookie campaigns. Nugent tallied 7-18-25. She was an excellent complimentary player to linemates, Kristy Zamora '02 and Jessica Link '05. Guay is a rock solid, hard working player. She tallied ten goals last season, with three registering as game-winners. She tied a school record for goals in a game (5) versus Yale (Jan.6). Sophomore Kelly Sheridan (Short Hills, NJ) was one of Brown's most consistent players last season. She appeared in all 35 games, tallying 2-7-9 on the season.

Incoming players, Larissa Ezzio (Pepperell, MA), Lindsey Glennon (Exeter, NH), Margaret Ramsay (Toronto, ONT), Karen Thatcher (Franklin, MA), and Keaton Zucker (Gilford, NH) will all vie for time in the attack for the Bears.