2000 Season Preview

The return of 10 starters to a team that finished 10-9 last season has coach Lisa Thompson excited about her club's prospects for 2000.

"We have the desire to be the best," Thompson said. "We possess great speed, aggressiveness and pure talent. We have a lot of young, talented players that may surprise many of our opponents."

Sophomore forward Andi Snyder, senior midfielder Meredith McMahon and sophomore forward Steph Roselle return as the Cardinals' three leading scorers from 1999. Snyder paced the squad with 32 points on 15 goals and two assists. McMahon scored 25 points (11 goals, three assists) and Roselle had 24 points (11 goals, two assists). Snyder and Roselle were both named second-team All-South Region last season.

Strong offensive performances are also expected from junior Maggie Mahoney and sophomores Kim Nolen and Anna Gateau.

Senior Beth Brennan (two goals, one assist) is a strong force in the midfield whose great stick work and agility allows her to beat her defender. She was named second-team All-CAC as a sophomore. She is joined by junior Courtney Halter and senior Trish Cassidy (five goals).

"Our midfield is experienced, talented and well-conditioned," Thompson said. "Beth, Courtney and Trish are three of the top leaders of this team."

Halter garnered second-team All-CAC honors in 1999.

"Courtney not only has great athleticism, but her desire motivates her teammates to reach their peak performance," Thompson said. "She is fast, aggressive and makes quick decisions on the field."

Juniors Aileen Gambescia, Rebekah Dunbar and Sondra Pires will team with sophomore Anne Keane to lead the defense. "The defense has a great ability to communicate with one another," Thompson said. "These girls possess confidence and poise, and have a lot of speed and endurance."

Sophomores Katie Iannacone and Nikki Brewer give the Cardinals strength and experience at goalkeeper. Iannacone, the primary starter last year, recorded four shutouts with a .773 save percentage and 1.97 goals-against average. Brewer checked in with a .736 save percentage and 2.61 goals-against average.

2000 Results (5-13, 3-2)

Date Opponent Result Notable
Sept. 6 at Salisbury State * L, 4-2 Snyder, Halter goals;
Iannacone 16 saves
Sept. 9 St. Mary's (Md.) * W, 1-0 Deon 1 G; Roselle 1 assist
Sept. 12 at Frostburg State  W, 1-0 Roselle 1 G; Iannacone 2nd shutout
Sept. 14 at Franklin & Marshall  L, 3-0 Iannacone 13 saves
Sept. 16 Ursinus (at Georgetown) L, 3-2 (OT) Deon, Roselle goals
Sept. 21 at Villa Julie  L, 4-3 Roselle, Snyder, Feliciani 1 G
Sept. 23 Goucher * W, 6-1 Roselle 2 G, 1 A
Sept. 27 at Mary Washington * L, 2-0 Brewer 9 saves
Sept. 30 at American (Div. I) L, 5-0 .
Oct. 5 at Johns Hopkins  L, 2-0 .
Oct. 7 Eastern Mennonite  L, 3-0   .
Oct. 10 at Georgetown  L, 6-0 Brewer 10 saves
Oct. 13 Lynchburg  L, 3-0 Iannacone 6 saves
Oct. 15 Roanoke  L, 2-1 (OT) Iannacone 10 saves
Oct. 17 at Gettysburg  L, 3-2 Brewer 13 saves; Deon, Roselle
Oct. 19 York (Pa.) * W, 3-2 Snyder, Roselle, Pires goals
Oct. 23 St. Mary's (Md.) % W, 5-2 Roselle 3 goals; Brewer 11 saves
Oct. 26 at Salisbury State % L, 5-2 McMahon, Snyder goals


* CAC games
% CAC Tournament
Home games in bold

2000 Roster

No. Name Pos. Yr. Hometown/High School
1 Nikki Brewer G So. Guilford, N.H./Guilford Middle
2 Linnea Patt D Fr. Salisbury, Md./James Bennett
3 Danielle Deon F Fr. Cape May C.H., N.J./Middle Township
4 Sondra Pires D So. Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth
5 Steph Roselle F So. Tinton Falls, N.J./Red Bank Catholic
6 Rebekah Dunbar D Jr. Scotia, N.Y./Scotia Glenville
7 Maggie Mahoney F Jr. Gaithersburg, Md./Stone Ridge Country Day
9 Aileen Gambescia D Jr. Havertown, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy
10 Katie Iannacone G So. Havertown, Pa./Villa Maria Academy
11 Megan Hartnett M Fr. West Chester, Pa./ Villa Maria Academy
12 Beth Brennan M Sr. Delran, N.J./Holy Cross
14 Kim Nolen M So. Blue Bell, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy
15 Renee Desrochers D Fr. Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill
16 Meredith McMahon F Sr. Wynnewood, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy
17 Deanna Feliciani D Jr. Norristown, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy
18 Courtney Halter F Jr. Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Regional
20 Tricia Hines M Fr. Churchville, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy
21 Andi Snyder F Jr. Bryn Mawr, Pa./Sacred Heart
22 Trish Cassidy F Sr. Havertown, Pa./Sacred Heart
24 Theresa Brennan D So. Delran, N.J./Holy Cross


Head Coach: Lisa Thompson
Assistant Coaches: Gia Fenoglio