August 31, 2005

Bears Set to Open 2005 Campaign on Friday at New Hampshire

Aug. 31, 2005

Head Coach Phil Pincince, entering his 29th season at the helm, is excited and optimistic about Brown women's soccer in 2005. Having lost just four letterwinners, including just one starter, form last year's team, which posted a 7-10-0 record, the Bears expect to make an Ivy Championship run for lucky Ivy title number 13, which has eluded the Brown team for some time.

The Bears return 18 letterwinners from last year, including 10 starters and five All-Ivy selections. Senior Kim LaVere (Chatsworth, CA) headlines the list of All-Ivy returnees, earning First Team honors, while seniors Meghan Schreck (Hudson, MA) and Hilary Wilson (Monterey, CA), and juniors Jill Mansfield (East Windsor, NJ) and Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN) all earned Honorable Mention recognition.

Up front, Brown returns the one-two punch of Schreck and Moos, who finished the 2004 season first and second on the team in scoring, respectively. Schreck had her most successful season yet in a Brown uniform last year, leading the team with 14 points (6g, 2a), including three game-winning goals. A co-captain last year, Schreck will again help to lead the team as a tri-captain in 2005. The team's leading scorer and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2003, Moos posted 11 points (4g, 3a), including one game-winning goal last season.

Sophomore Susie Keller (Cincinnati, OH) returns to the Bears' front line after a successful rookie season, where she logged significant reserve playing time, appearing in 16 of Brown's 17 games, earning two assists. Senior Jamie Johnson (North Kingstown, RI) and junior Mica Bayard (Princeton, MA) round out the returning players up front. Freshmen Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI), a high school All-American, Emily Geldwert (Larchmont, NY), who should also play in the midfield, and Ashley Hartt (Cave Creek, AZ), who will also see time in the backfield, join what has the potential to be a very explosive forward line.

Traditionally, Bruno's midfield has been extremely deep. Following a rebuilding year, the 2005 midfield features strength, stability, and upperclass leadership. Senior tri-captain Christine Serdjenian (Waterville, ME), junior Kathleen Waddell (Minnetonka, MN), and sophomore Anne Friedland (Toronto, ONT) will again lead the midfield this year. Entering last season, all three had virtually no varsity game experience, with Serdjenian and Waddell having played in a total of six games. When senior Tory Manchester (Costa Mesa, CA) missed the season due to injury, Serdjenian, Waddell, and Friedland stepped up to the challenge admirably and successfully, finishing third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, in scoring.

Serdjenian played in 16 games, starting in all 16, and finished third on the team with eight points (3g, 2a), including a game-winning goal. Waddell was right behind Serjenian, earning seven points (3g, 1a), including a game-winning goal, in 16 games (11 starts). Friedland had an impressive rookie campaign, finishing with five points (1g, 3a), while starting all 17 games for the Bears.

Brown is anxiously awaiting the return of Manchester, who spent the year recovering from a knee injury. She exhibited great promise during her first two seasons, playing in 27 games (16 starts) and chipping in 3-3-9 numbers. Sophomores Whitney Clark (Eugene, OR), who had a strong spring, and Andrea Pagnanelli (Huntington Beach, CA) round out the returning players in the midfield. Pagnanelli played in seven games, scoring one goal, while Clark saw action in three contests. Three major additions join Pincince's midfield, including Geldwert, freshman Alex Michael (Pacific Palisades, CA), and freshman Jamie Mize (Washington, DC), who played in the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series in July.

The Bears will once again have an extremely experienced and deep backfield, with the return of LaVere, Brown's starting sweeper, Mansfield, senior Robin Averbeck (Fond du Lac, WI), and sophomore Mollie Mattuchio (Pepperell, MA). Mansfield, who started all 17 games, notched five points (1g, 3a), and LaVere earned three points (1g, 1a) in 15 games, missing two due to an injury. Averbeck provides a calm and steady presence, having played in all 50 games of her Brown career, while Mattuchio made an immediate impact last year, starting all 17 games.

Sophomore Kerrilynn Carney (North Smithfield, RI) should compete for more playing time after a strong spring season. The Bears will be without the services of sophomore Julia Shapira (Los Angeles, CA), who played in 12 games last year and will miss the 2005 season with a knee injury. Freshmen Hartt, Jay Figueroa (Mt. Vernon, NY) and Julie Wu (Tiburon, CA) join the Brown backfield.

Brown continues its tradition of talented goalies with the return of Wilson, who will also serve as a tri-captain. Wilson played every minute of every game last year, posting a 1.16 GAA with a .879 save percentage and four shutouts. Junior Christina Parodi (Alamo, CA) returns to the team after a year away from school. As a freshman in 2003, Parodi posted a 1.08 GAA with a .727 save percentage and a 2-0-0 record in two games. Freshman Jennifer Hutchinson (Ottawa, ONT) joins the Bears this year, rounding out the goalies.