At forward, Brown will look to fill the void left by the two leading point-scorers from last season in captain Shay Maloney (11 goals, 8 assists) and Megan Forrest (5 goals, 10 assists).
Sophomore Anna Hurd and senior Madie Stockfish are the team’s leading returning scorers from last season. Junior Maya Mangiafico tallied 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) and sophomore Anna Gallagher notched 10 points in her first collegiate season.
Joining them up front will be freshmen Maddie Morgan, Jade Iginla and India McDadi, and Penn State junior transfer Jess Ciarrocchi.
“There has certainly been some growth internally in regards to our returning players,” said Ruzzi. “I think they are a hard-working group that trains hard and attacks their skill sets. We have a nice crop of returning players up front. We certainly feel good about the new players coming in that will be able to contribute on the offensive side from the beginning. We did graduate some players who had played important roles, and I’ve said this many times, that freshman do not immediately replace seniors. Our returners are the ones who have to step forward and fill in those slots that those seniors were in. But I do think we have some special talent in the freshman class.”