W-Soccer & F-Hockey Players Earn All-NESCAC Honors|
November 1, 2000
AMHERST, Mass. - Five Amherst College fall athletes earned All-NESCAC honors in field hockey and women's soccer on Wednesday morning, led by senior field hockey Co-captain Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy), named NESCAC Player of the Year despite sustaining a season-ending ACL injury in the Jeffs' 1-0 overtime win over arch-rival Williams College on October 14.
Bowe, who was a First-Team All-NESCAC selection, an NFHCA First-Team All-American and a member of the NCAA All-Tournament team during the Jeffs' dramatic run to the NCAA Championship game in 1999, followed up on that performance with a dominating senior year. The New Hampshire native anchored the midfield for one of the nation's top teams en route to the Jeffs' school-record 13-win regular season with stellar play and steady leadership. Despite tearing her ACL in the second half of the Jeffs' dramatic win over Williams, the squad's 12th game of the season, Bowe posted a team-high 19 points on seven goals and five assists as Amherst’s lone senior.
Joining Bowe as a First-Team All-NESCAC selection is junior Co-captain Mairin Brady (Bethesda, MD/Chevy Chase), who helped lead the Jeffs to the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament—and to the team's third NCAA bid—with five goals, four assists and three defensive saves in the squad's 14 regular season games. Brady, who was named to the 1999 NCAA All-Tournament team along with Bowe, added an assist in the Jeffs' 2-1 win over Middlebury College in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament, and will be an instrumental part of the Jeffs' chances in the NCAA Tournament, which opens with regional action at Amherst on Saturday.
The field hockey team was also represented on the second team, with junior back Laurie Smith (Wilmington, DE/Tower Hill School) picking up her first conference honors. Smith, who tallied a pair of assists despite being a mainstay of the Amherst defense, anchored a unit that never allowed more than one goal in a game en route to only seven goals during the regular season, and seven shutouts. The Amherst defense will be a key to the Jeffs' post-season success, beginning with the Jeffs' Saturday afternoon tilt with Cortland State.
For women's soccer, two Jeffs received league honors, including first-team selection Cathy Poor (Harwich Port, MA/Deerfield Academy), who led the Jeffs in scoring from the midfield for her third straight season. Poor, who was limited to only 11 games of action during the regular season by a nagging foot injury, still tallied a school-record 11 goals, including three multiple-goal games, highlighted by her second career hat-trick in the Jeffs' 4-0 win over Smith College on September 13. Poor also added both goals—including the 90th-minute equalizer—in the Jeffs' 3-2 overtime loss to Clark University, and she netted her first career overtime goal—capping her third multiple-goal game of the year—in the Jeffs' 2-1 overtime victory at Wesleyan University that clinched the Little III title for Amherst. The game-winner at Wesleyan, her school-record 11th goal, was also Poor's 25th career goal, as she became only the third Amherst player ever to reach that plateau. The junior netted five goals and six assists her rookie season, despite spending half of it in the backfield, before moving to the midfield full-time as a sophomore, responding with a nine-goal, eight-assists season, setting a school record with 26 points.
Joining Poor as an all-conference selection is senior Co-captain back Meg Riley (Wellesley, MA/Milton Academy), who has been a mainstay of one of New England's best defenses for four seasons, starting all but one of the Jeffs' 46 games during her last three seasons. Riley has recorded a pair of assists during the 2000 campaign, to go along with three assists as a junior, and a three-goal, one-assist campaign as a rookie in 1997. Riley and Poor lead the soccer team back into action in the ECAC Quarterfinals, where the Jeffs face Springfield College on Wednesday afternoon, a 1:00 p.m. start on Hitchcock Field.