Bowe, Williams Post Hat Tricks As Jeffs Bomb U-Conn, 10-0|
February 11, 2001
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior co-captain Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH) celebrated the final home game of her illustrious four-year career with a dominating three-goal, two-assist performance as the host Jeffs bombed the University of Connecticut 10-0 in a non-league women's ice hockey matchup on Sunday.
|Senior co-captain Gretchen|
Bowe posted a hat trick
and two assists in
her final Amherst home-game
Sophomore sensation Danielle Williams (Needham, MA) took advantage of both of Bowe's assists and another from first-year forward Katie Potter (Ridgewood, NJ) to notch her second hat trick of the season-increasing her team-leading point total to 37.
But it was clearly Bowe's day as signs posted around the arena and even on the Orr Rink Zamboni read "We love you Gretchen," and "We'll miss you #3." Bowe is the lone senior on an Amherst squad that includes seven first-years and two sophomores. She is also the Jeffs' second all-time leading scorer with 76 goals and 83 assists in four seasons as a starter and is Amherst's third leading scorer this season despite missing six games with knee and wrist injuries.
"It was a nice way to end her home career at Amherst," said Head Coach Kay Cowperthwait. "She's meant so much to this team and it's hard to imagine our program without her. The fact that she ended up with five points in her final home game is symbolic of what a great player she's been."
With three road games remaining, the College's all-time scoring record could still be within reach. Former Amherst great Genny Furst '00 holds the current record with 73 goals and 90 assists, placing her just four points ahead of Bowe, who increased her career-total to 159 with five points against U-Conn.
The Huskies never had a chance on Sunday as Amherst jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period on two goals by Williams and one each from Bowe and first-year forward Tory Serues (Cambridge, MA).
Bowe connected again just 27 seconds into the second period, igniting a six-goal barrage that would put the Jeffs ahead 10-0 by the second intermission. First-year forwards Katie Potter (Ridgewood, NJ), Elissa Landes (Potomac, MD) and junior co-captain Hilary Zwerdling (Shrewsbury, MA) also cracked the scoring column for Amherst, who improved to 7-13-1 with the lopsided victory.
Sophomore Amherst goaltender Heidi Alexander (Edina, MN) posted 10 saves and went largely untested en route to her fourth shutout of the season. U-Conn goalie Diana Cohen (South Salem, NY) finished with 28 saves, as the Huskies fell to 3-9 with the loss.
The Jeffs will finish their season with a trio of road games at Williams College on Wednesday, Colby College on Saturday and Bowdoin College next Sunday.