December 6, 2000

Four Brown Women's Soccer Players Named Northeast Regional All-Americans

(Dec. 6, 2000) -- Senior co-captains Michaela Rooney (East Greenwich, RI) and Bekah Splaine (Cambridge, MA) were named to the First Team Northeast Regional All-Americans, while juniors Kim Lanzire (Bristol, RI) and Mary Jo Markle (West Chester, PA) earned Third Team honors.

Rooney, who was the backbone of the Bear defense that only allowed 11 goals and boasted a 0.64 goals against average, was named as a defender on the Northeast Regional First Team. She earned First Team All-honors for the second consecutive season this year and was selected to play in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior All-Star game in November. From her sweeper position, she also contributed to the Brown offense, tallying three assists on the season to finish out her career with 12 points (3g, 6a).

Splaine, who was also selected to play in the NEWISA Senior All-Star game, is honored as a forward on the Northeast Regional First Team. She made her third consecutive appearance on an All-Ivy team this past season, earning Second Team honors. A First Team All-Ivy selection last season, Splaine was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1998. The second-leading scorer on the team with 11 points (3g, 5a), Splaine has tallied a career total of 39 points (11g, 17a) in just three seasons for the Bears. Her 17 assists rank seventh all-time for career assists at Brown.

Lanzire, a First Team All-Ivy selection for the Bears this season, was named as a forward on the Northeast Regional Third Team. She finished her junior season as the Bears leading scorer with 21 points (9g, 3a), and led the Ivy League in scoring with 11 points (5g, 1a). In addition, she had four consecutive games with a goal, which was an Ivy League season-high for 2000.

Markle, who was named as the goaltender on the Northeast Regional Third Team, finished her first season as the starting keeper with an overall record of 7-2-0 (3-1-0 Ivy). Playing the first half of every game, she allowed just five goals all season with a 0.57 goals against average, second in the league overall. In addition, Markle's .932 save percentage led the league.

The Brown women's soccer team finished the season with a 13-4-0 record, tying the school record for wins in a season, recorded in 1977 and 1984. With a 5-2 Ivy finish, the Bears ended the season in third place in the league, their best finish in Ivy play since 1994.