NESCAC Championship Central
Amherst, Mass. - The fifth-seeded Amherst College women's ice hockey team is set to take on second-seeded Connecticut College in NESCAC Championship Semifinal action. The second of two semifinal matchups, Amherst will hit the ice on Saturday, March 4 at 4 p.m. at top-seeded Middlebury College. No. 6 Bowdoin and No. 1 Middlebury face off at 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 - Kenyon Arena
1 p.m. - Middlebury vs. Bowdoin
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4 p.m. - Amherst vs. Connecticut College
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Sunday, March 5 - Kenyon Arena
2 p.m. - Semifinal Winners
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HOW THEY GOT HERE
- Fifth-seeded Amherst upset fourth-seeded Trinity, 2-0 in a Quarterfinal battle at the Koeppel Center.
- No. 2 seed Conn. College tallied four goals in the second period to defeat No. 7 Williams, 5-2 in Quarterfinal action.
- Top-seeded and defending NESCAC Champion Middlebury posted four scores from four different skaters to down No. 8 Wesleyan, 4-1.
- No. 6 Bowdoin netted the game's lone score in the 94th minute to topple No. 3 Hamilton, 1-0 in a double overtime thriller.
BY THE NUMBERS
|No. 5 Amherst||No. 2 Conn. College||No. 1 Middlebury||No. 6 Bowdoin|
No. 5 Seed (13-7-5, 6-5-5 NESCAC) - Schedule/Roster/Stats
Returning to the Semifinals for the third consecutive season, the Purple & White own a 20-12 overall record in the NESCAC Championship following their Quarterfinal win. Amherst is 3-0 all-time against Conn. College in the conference postseason, with the two teams last facing off in a Semifinal tilt last season that saw the Purple & White secure a 3-0 victory and advance to the championship game.
Second in the NESCAC in scoring average with 1.12 points per game, Alex Toupal '18 is a force on a potent Amherst attack. Leading the Purple & White in points with 28, Toupal has netted a league-high 19 goals to go along with nine helpers. In a breakout sophomore season, Katie Savage '19 has scored eight tallies and logged 11 assists for 19 points, while Caitlyn Ryan '17 leads the Purple & White in assists with 13.
Sabrina Dobbins '18 and Bailey Plaman '18 have both seen significant time in goal for Amherst, with Dobbins logging 13 starts and 795:37 minutes and Plaman starting 11 games (668:28 minutes). Racking up 305 stops, Dobbins owns a .941 save percentage and a 1.43 goals against average to rank 16th in the nation in both categories. With four shut outs, Plaman is currently 19th in the country in save percentage (.938) and 14th in Division III in goals against average (1.35).
SCOUTING CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
No. 2 Seed (15-7-3, 10-5-1 NESCAC) - Schedule/Roster/Stats
Securing a program record 15th victory to advance to the Semifinals for the fourth time in the past five seasons, the Camels head to Vermont possessing the NESCAC's top scoring defensive, netting 1.16 goals per game.
Owning a well-balanced offensive attack, seven Camel players have posted 10-plus points on the winter. Julie Beattie leads Conn. College with a team-high 15 points and 10 assists in addition to five goals, while Stephanie Izzi has recorded nine goals and four assists for 13 total points. Jordan Cross and Katlyn Paiva are also offensive catalysts for the Camels with Cross and Paiva posting four goals and eight assists (12 points) and five goals and six assists (11 points), respectively.
Conn. College is anchored by Katherine Chester who has started 20 games in net for the Camels, allowing just 22 goals and logging five clean sheets. Her 1.13 goals against average is good for first in the NESCAC and sixth in the nation, while her .952 save percentage ranks her fifth in the country.
No. 1 Seed (17-6-2, 11-4-1 NESCAC) - Schedule/Roster/Stats
Capturing the top-seed for the 10th time in program history, the Panthers enter the Semifinals owning a 5-2 edge in the postseason series against Bowdoin. The sides most recently squared off in a 2015 Semifinal bout that saw Middlebury skate away with a 4-2 win.
Boasting the best offense in the league, averaging 2.72 goals per game, Middlebury is led by league scoring leader Jessica Young who has dished out a conference-high 17 assists and netted 14 goals to total 31 points. Maddie Winslow is also a proven scoring threat for the Panthers, registering 25 points on 11 goals and 14 assists.
Lin Han and Julia Neuburger have split time in goal, with each netminder appearing in 13 games. Han owns a 1.54 goals against average and a .920 save percentage behind 230 saves while Neuburger has logged four shutouts, a .943 save percentage and a 1.22 goals against average.
No. 6 Seed (13-8-4, 7-6-3 NESCAC) - Schedule/Roster/Stats
Punching their ticket to the Semifinals for the seventh time in the last eight seasons, the Polar Bears stand at 19-12 all-time in league tournament play. Bowdoin is 2-5 against Middlebury in the Championship, with the Polar Bear's two victories coming in the 2004 and 2013 NESCAC finals.
The Polar Bears are led by four 10-plus point getters, with Julie Dachille headlining the squad with a team-high 17 points behind 10 goals and seven assists. Brooke Solomon owns 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) while Marissa Fichter has notched eight goals and dished out four helpers as a dangerous playmaker.
Kerri St. Denis has seen the majority of minutes in between the pipes, starting 17 games and recording six shutouts behind 463 saves. With an impressive 1.18 goals against average (8th in the country) and .957 save percentage (3rd in nation), St. Denis ranks second in the NESCAC in both categories.