Date Posted:03/10/2003,  8:00AM

Bowdoin Earns NESCAC Honors

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The NESCAC has announced its women's all-conference hockey teams and Bowdoin College was honored with several selections. Highlighting the honors was head coach Michele Amidon, who won coach of the year for the second straight season and three Bowdoin players being named to the first team.

Senior forward Shelly Chessie (Fredericton, N.B.) is the all-time leading scorer in the history of Bowdoin women's hockey, standing at 83 career goals, 94 career assists, equally 177 total points. In addition, her 29 assists in 2002-03 is the single-season record for Bowdoin. Her average of 1.96 points per game ranks her sixth in the nation.

Senior captain Beth Muir (North Chelmsford, Mass.) moved from forward to defense this season and raised her of play to an All-NESCAC level this season. Her 17 goals and 13 assists rank her third on the team in scoring and she is second in the nation among defensemen scoring at 1.20 points per game.

Senior captain Emily McKissock (Dedham, Mass.) will graduate as the best netminder in school history after spending all four seasons as the Polar Bear's primary goalie. Among her numerous school records, she currently stands third in the nation in win percentage (16-1-3, .875) and sixth in the nation in goals-against-average (1.24) and save percentage (.937).

Sophomore forward Marissa O'Neil (Manchester, N.H.) garnered second-team honors after a stellar campaign. She is second on the team in scoring with 38 points on 16 goals and 22 assists. In addition, she has four game-winning goals and four powerplay goals this year. O'Neil was named second-team All-NESCAC in field hockey this past fall.

Amidon grabbed NESCAC Coach of the Year honors after leading Bowdoin to a 20-0-3 regular season and the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament. Bowdoin was ranked as high as number two in the nation and was the last unbeaten team in any division of college hockey. Over the past two seasons, the Polar Bears have posted a 44-6-4 record.

The Polar Bears will face-off with Middlebury College in Dayton Arena on Saturday afternoon in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be a rematch of the NESCAC Championship game played on Sunday, which the Panthers took 4-0. Gametimes and ticket information will be released later on Monday.