WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2004
The Next Chapter
Aug. 25, 2004
First-year head coach Chris Kouns will rely on 18 years of playing and coaching experience to try and return the Dolphins to the top of the Atlantic Sun Conference - where they have spent the majority of the past six seasons. With just five starters and 12 letterwinners returning, it might prove to be a tall task for the former Atlantic Sun and Ivy League assistant.
The Dolphins will have to fill the void of their top two scorers, Ranvieg Aas-Hanssen and Inge Heiremans, who combined for 29 goals and 13 assists last season en route to First-Team Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors. Kouns will lean on JU's lone senior, Lauren Starmer, to provide leadership and direction to a young team which features just four upperclassmen on the 21-player roster. Amber Otto, one of the squad's three juniors, will also be counted on to help instill confidence and enthusiasm to one of the league's most inexperienced teams.
"This will be a defining year for this team," said Kouns, who spent last season as an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. "Not only are we trying to rebound from a tough season, but we are also adjusting to a new coaching style and establishing new leaders."
True freshman Jess Newport will also provide scoring up front after posting a school-record 16 goals and 24 assists as a high school senior in New Jersey.
Freshmen Courtney Eppleman and Ashley Pinkerton will also contribute with their athleticism as they make the transition to the speed of the college game.
Sophomores Hilary Bricken, Debbie Arias and Jenny Borschel should be much improved after starting nearly every game as true freshmen. Borschel tied for second on the squad with three assists a year ago, while Bricken's three goals ranked fourth on the team in 2003. Arias played in all 18 matches, scoring a pair of goals and dishing out an assist.
Freshman Malin Hultquist could have the greatest impact of the newcomers in the midfield. The former Swedish Junior National Team player will be counted on to help ease the scoring burden. Fellow freshmen Eppleman, Emilie Howland and Sarah Patterson will also look to contribute off of the bench.
Sophomores Morgan Marinell, Ashley Reilly and Meagan Surrency earned valuable experience in 2003, and will provide depth in the back. Marinell started 15 games as a true freshman, while Reilly and Surrency both played in 16-of-18 matches a year ago. Freshmen Marissa Bernard, Daniela Davila and Louisa Ward will also have an opportunity to make an impact in their first season.
Junior Jennifer O'Malley will look to push Kmiotek for time in goal after playing in five matches a year ago.
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