Elizabeth Flere Powell Bomba '78
Induction Year: 1993
Sport(s): Field Hockey, Basketball, Squash, Lacrosse
Graduation Year: 1978

Elizabeth "Flere" Powell Bomba graduated from F&M with a degree in classics. As a student, Powell Bomba was a living example of the Greek tradition that empahized a combination of strong mind and strong body. During her four-year career, she played field hockey, basketball, squash, and lacrosse. In field hockey, she was a defensive specialist and was well known for her athletic ability and running speed. While defensive players usually lack sparkling statistics, her impact on the team was unmistakable. She was named team captain and MVP twice, leading the team to the Penn Mar title in 1976 and the MAC title 1977.

Powell Bomba's participation on the lacrosse team was more visible. In 1976, the first varsity season for women's lacrosse (5-5-1 record), she was a one-person scoring machine with 37 goals. She was selected to the All-Philadelphia Colleges fifth team, which competed in the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association (USWLA) national tournament hosted by Swarthmore College. In 1977, the team record improved to 7-4, with Powell Bomba scoring 22 goals. She was once again chosen to participate in the USWLA tournament at Brown University. Her team went undefeated and won its division championship. According to F&M coach Martha Swope, "Flere played beautifully throughout the entire weekend, displaying speed, skill, and most importantly, tremendous desire and team spirit." She scored five goals in five games.

At that time, there was not a national championship tournament for collegians and the USWLA tournament was as high as a woman could go short of the national team. In 1978, F&M went 6-3-1, with Powell Bomba scoring 15 goals. She was chosen for the USWLA tournament for the third consecutive year. She played on the basketball team in 1975 and 1976, then picked up squash for 1977 and 1978. She was named the "Outstanding Senior Athlere Woman" in 1978. Following graduation, Powell Bomba became a certified nuclear medicine technologist. She and her husband live in Denver, Pa., where she looks after their children and coaches the field hockey team at Ephrata Junior High School.