Posting an inaugural season record of 7-14 in 1996, the Amherst College women's ice hockey proved it is a varsity program to be reckoned with in the not so distant future. Amherst is a member of the newly formed ECAC Women's Hockey Alliance, an 11-team hockey conference that includes Amherst, Bowdoin, Colgate, Hamilton, Maine, Middlebury, Renssalaer, RIT, Vermont, Wesleyan, and Williams. Amherst is also a member of the Little Three, a long-time, intense rivalry between Amherst, Wesleyan and Williams. Amherst-Williams is the oldest small college rivalry in the nation.
The 1996-97 Amherst College women's ice hockey season looks promising. With only two women from last year's team graduating, the Lord Jeffs will look to improve on their debut season with experienced returnees and talented rookies. Leading the team will be Jess Frisch '98 (20 goals, 14 assists) and April Zenisky '97 (9 goals, 4 assists). Both Tri
Captains won ECAC Player of the Week honors last season. Frisch won the award after scoring four goals in Amherst's 14-1 win over UMass, and Zenisky gained recognition for her four goals and an assist in Amherst's first two wins of the year. Other key skaters this season will be Brittany Evans '99 (10 goals, 8 assists) and rookie defenders Lissa Brod and Lisbeth Rowinski.
In the net, the Jeffs await the return of Cindy Matsushita (86.3 save
percentage, 4.71 goals-against average) in January from studying abroad. In the meantime Catherine Cugell '98 and Sarah Evans '99, both first time ice hockey goalies, will mind the net.
The returning upperclasswomen form a solid nucleus that will improve with each varsity game played. Together, the 1996-97 Lord Jeffs will continue to build on the success of their inaugural season.