1997-98 Women's Ice Hockey Outlook
Entering its third year as a varsity program, Amherst women's ice hockey takes on a new look with a renovated Orr Rink and an optimistic first-year head coach with first-hand playing experience in women's ice hockey. Kay Cowperthwait (Colby '91) takes over the program as a two-time MVP and two-year captain of the White Mules hockey team, and after establishing Stanford women's lacrosse as a competitive varsity program. Welcoming Cowperthwait is an upgraded hockey facility as Orr Rink has been expanded with larger ice size and additional locker rooms and offices.
RThe challenge this year,S noted Cowperthwait, Rwill be to integrate the new players with the older ones. But I've always had good experiences with multi-goalie teams as everyone's very supportive of each other. Everyone will be monitoring how each other does, and that's a great tool to get better.S
Backstopping the team is an experienced trio minding the net. Senior Cindy Matsushita (3-5-1, 1 shutout) returns for her fourth year in goal after compiling an .857 save percentage in her junior campaign, while Sarah Evans (.823 save pct.) and Catherine Cugell (.828 save pct.) will build on their year of experience in the net with the help of goalie coach Jay Fanciullo '98.
Co-Captain Val Klein (5a) and sophomore Lisbeth Rowinski (2g, 4a) will anchor the defense, which will be bolstered by rookie Gretchen Bowe, who enters the program with significant high school playing experience.
Spearheading the attack will be all-time leading scorer Jess Frisch among a talented trio of forwards. The Co-Captain earned ECAC Alliance Honor Roll recognition three times last year as she netted 29 goals and 10 assists in her junior season. Sophomore Genny Furst returns after a phenomenal first-year, finishing as the team's second leading scorer with 30 points, including 14 goals. The pair, along with Brittany Evans (10g, 14a) who will return in January from studying abroad, combined for 33 of the team's 58 goals as they tallied 93 points among them. Seniors Christine Hatch (1g, 3a in 1995-96), Margaret Seiler (2a) and Megan Smith (2a) also bring valuable experience to the attack.