AMHERST, Massachusetts -- In the final week of the regular season, two Amherst College women's ice hockey players were honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for their outstanding performances through March 1, 1998. This is the fifth week this season that the ECAC has recognized a member of the Amherst women's hockey team for her achievements.
Jess Frisch (Bethesda, MD) closed out her collegiate career with an 11-point week, netting seven goals and four assists to round out a spectacular season. The co-captain posted a six-point game against Sacred Heart, registering three third-period goals to rally the Jeffs from a late-game deficit toward an 8-7 overtime victory. The senior netted another hat trick in 8-1 victory over Connecticut College in the third Alliance League victory for the Jeffs this season and in the three-year history of the varsity program. While Amherst finished the 1998 season with a loss to Little III rival Wesleyan, Frisch tallied the lone Amherst goal of the contest with 2:54 left on the game clock to round out the year. The forward finishes her season with 66 points (34g, 32a), nearly double her offensive output from her last two varsity seasons combined. Frisch concludes her career as the only woman to reach the century mark and as Amherst's all-time leading scorer with 139 points (83g, 56a) in three years.
Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH) finished her first varsity season as the ECAC Rookie of the Week after tallying eight points (3g, 5a) this week. The forward had a goal and four assists against Sacred Heart, including the power play pass for the game-winning goal against the Pioneers. Bowe notched a pair of goals against Connecticut College before rounding out the week with an assist on Frisch's final goal against Wesleyan. With 35 goals for the year, the freshman has registered more in a single season than any other Amherst women's ice hockey player, and her 61 points set a rookie best.
Frisch and Bowe have both earned their respective honors once before this season. Frisch was named Player of the Week for a nine-point week ending January 25, while Bowe earned Rookie honors for spearheading the Amherst attack with a hat trick for the Jeffs' first-ever league victory, 5-1 over Maine on December 6. Frisch finishes as the Alliance's overall scoring leader, and Bowe follows in second place. Both are among the nation's top three scorers in all Divisions.
Amherst women's ice hockey finished 1998 with its finest varsity season with a 10-12-1 record and a trio of ECAC Alliance League victories. In only its third year varsity, the team re-set every scoring record, both team and individual in a single season and career.
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