Aug. 17, 2001
Head Coach Phil Pincince, entering his 25th season at the helm, is excited and optimistic about Brown women's soccer in 2001. The last four recruiting classes have been extremely successful and Pincince is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his fifth consecutive banner recruiting class. With the majority of last year's 13-4 team returning, the Bears should have continued success this fall.
The 2000 edition of Brown women's soccer was the most improved team in the nation from 1999-2000, finishing the season with a 13-4 record, its best record since the 1984 season. "While it was a major disappointment not to make the NCAA's last season after tying the school record for wins in a season, go 13-4, and be ranked as high as 20th in the nation," said Coach Pincince, "this team is talented, confident, determined and on a mission for 2001, an Ivy Championship and an NCAA mission."
The experience gained last year will give the Bears an advantage in the upcoming season with the return of 17 letterwinners and strong leadership from four seniors - Kim Lanzire, Mary Jo Markle, Allyson Schwerdt, and Kelly Smith.
Despite the loss of four players from last season, five new faces will join the team this year which will add depth to the program.
"With the addition of five new faces, we are a deeper, more confident team for the fall," said Pincince. "The class of 2001 finished off their careers in style, but the spring proved the younger players are ready to step up and take on new roles. Last year's seniors will be missed, but the spring season was very productive and opened new doors for the younger classes."
With the return of four of the top five scorers from last season, including Lanzire who led the team with 9-3 - 21 totals, the front line will be a force to be reckoned with this season. A first team All-Ivy selection and a Third Team Regional All-American, Lanzire should lead the offensive charge once again this season, while adding to her career totals.
Junior Caitlin Carey, who finished fifth on the team with 4-1 - 9 totals will also be a scoring threat along with Schwerdt (3g, 2a) and Laura Iden '03 (2g, 2a). Rachel Roberts '04, who missed last season with a nagging hamstring injury, and freshman Kim Hagner will vie for time in the forward spots, while the versatile duo of Amanda Coffin '03 and Hayley Sennott '04 should see time on both the front line and in the midfield.
While the midfield was perhaps last season's biggest question, this year it is completely intact, after having been rebuilt with several talented newcomers in 2000. Headlining this young group is the freshman duo of Molly Cahan, who finished third on the team with 4-2 - 10 totals, and Kristin Ferrell, who amassed 2-5 - 9 totals in her rookie season. In addition, Julie Herrold '04 (1g, 1a) and Michaela Sewall '04 (2a) return with a season of collegiate playing experience and should be more of an offensive threat this season. Freshman Michelle Sriwongtong adds depth to an already strong position.
Coach Pincince has confidence that his defense will be just as strong as last season, despite the loss of Third-Team All-American Michaela Rooney '01, and Page Weller '01. A core of talented veterans returns and they will be joined by a group of returning players who had excellent spring seasons.
Leading one of the nation's top defensive units will be veterans Kelly Smith '02 and Amy Albro '03 along with sophomores Amy Baumann, Kelsey Crew, and Kristin Gladney. Kristin Nabb '03, newcomer Kim Insalaco '03, and freshman Megan Maley will also be expected to contribute in the backfield.
The goalkeeping duties for the Bears will be competitive once again. Last season Mary Jo Markle '02, a Third Team Regional All-American, and Sarah Gervais '04 split every game. This was the first time in Pincince's career that this had taken place. Markle and Gervais combined to post a 0.64 goals against average and a 0.921 save percentage and will be challenged this season by freshman Kim Boortz.