Women's Ice Hockey

A Look Ahead at the 1998-1999 Lord Jeffs


1998-99 Women's Ice Hockey: A Look Ahead

The Jeffs looking to improve even more as they begin their fourth varsity season in 1998-99. With the Division III league (formerly known as the ECAC Alliance) adding five new teams this year, Amherst will play another challenging schedule and will look to improve its standing in the league. Furst and Bowe will return to provide scoring punch, and co-captains Lisbeth Rowinski '00 and Sarah Evans '99 will be the anchors of the defensive unit. Evans returns to the squad with a .866 save percentage in goal and will have a strong senior season in net.

The Jeffs return four starters for

a tough Division III League schedule

Emma Lincoln '01 should also contribute offensively, in addition to newcomers Brooke Ballantine (Randolph HS, NJ), Michelle Murphy (Newton North HS, MA), Sarah O'Keefe (Loomis Chaffee,CT) and Emma Trask (Stuart CDS, NJ) and Hilary Zwerdling (St. Mark's, MA). With stellar team play and strong work ethic, the Amherst women's ice hockey is preparing for an even more successful season in 1998-99.

1997-98 Women's Ice Hockey: A Look Back

Amherst women's ice hockey had its best season ever in its third year as a varsity program. A 10-12-1 record included the program's first three victories in the Alliance League. A 5-1 win over Alliance foe, University of Maine, in the fourth game of the season set the tone for an outstanding year for the young program. Other highlights included scoring five goals in the third period to come back from a 7-1 deficit against Wesleyan, a sudden death victory over new Alliance member, Sacred Heart, and a 3-3 tie with Williams with a three goal rally by Amherst in the third period.

Amherst shattered 28 individual and team records in the 1997-98 season!

There were twenty-eight team records broken in the 1997-98 season including most goals (120) and assists in a season (144), along with the individual single season records of most goals (35, Gretchen Bowe '01), most assists (32, Jess Frisch '98), and most points (66, Frisch). Jess Frisch graduated as the all-time leading scorer for Amherst women's ice hockey with 139 points (83g, 56a) in three varsity seasons. Rookie Gretchen Bowe also had an outstanding season, scoring 35 goals and 26 assists. Genny Furst '00 also contributed to the scoring effort with 22 goals and 28 assists. For their outstanding efforts this year, Frisch was named second-team All-American, and Bowe was named an Honorable Mention ECAC Alliance All-Star. Frisch, Bowe and Furst all ended the season in the top ten nationally in points per game and assists per game. The goal-scoring, exceptional passing and team play certainly made the 1997-98 team an exciting one to follow.

Coach Kay Cowperthwait

Kay Cowperthwait is the head women's ice hockey coach and assistant women's lacrosse and golf coach at Amherst College. A 1991 graduate of NESCAC rival Colby, Cowperthwait was a two-time MVP and two-time captain for the White Mules' women's ice hockey program, and she was named to the All-ECAC First Team as a senior. She also captained her senior lacrosse team as a two-time MVP, whereupon she spent five years establishing women's lacrosse as a varsity program at Stanford University in California. Cowperthwait joined Amherst College in the fall of 1997.
Head Women's Hockey Coach: Kay Cowperthwait
Address: Box 2230, Alumni Gymnasium
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Phone: (413) 542-2219
Fax: (413) 542-2026
E-mail: kbcowperthwa@amherst.edu
1997-98 Record: 10-12-1, 3-12-1 ECAC Alliance