Date Posted:03/24/2003,  8:00AM

Women's Ice Hockey All-Americans

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Three Bowdoin Women's Ice Hockey players have earned Division III JOFA All-American honors, it was announced at the NCAA Banquet on Thursday night in Elmira, N.Y. The Polar Bears are the only team to place three players on the Eastern team as Shelly Chessie (Fredericton, N.B.), Beth Muir (N. Chelmsford, Mass.) and Emily McKissock (Dedham, Mass.) all took honors. Bowdoin ended their year with a mark of 23-2-3 and placed third at NCAA's this past weekend.

Senior forward Shelly Chessie (left) graduates as the leading scorer in Bowdoin women's ice hockey history, having scored 179 points in 102 career games. Her 96 assists are a school record, and her 82 goals place second all-time. She was seventh in the nation in 2002-03 with 1.82 points per game and was fourth with 1.11 assists per contest. She earned first-team All-NESCAC honors for the past two years and was a first-team All-American last season as well.

Senior defender Beth Muir (right) earned All-American honors after placing on the first-team All-NESCAC squad this year. After switching from forward this season, she led an incredible Polar Bear special teams squad that killed off 79 of 80 powerplays this season and scored on 25 of 75 on the advantage. Muir was seventh among defenders with a 1.11 points per game average this year and scored 18 goals, including five on the powerplay.

Senior netminder Emily McKissock (left) will graduate holding nearly every goalie record at Bowdoin. She won 48 career games, played over 4,400 minutes, made 1,526 saves and posted 16 shutouts during her career; all school records. This year, she was fourth in the nation in winning percentage (.848), sixth in goals-against-average (1.34) and seventh in save percentage (.934).

The three seniors contributed to a career mark of 75-19-9, the best of any women's ice hockey class in school history.