NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL
AMHERST, Mass. - The third-seeded Amherst College women's ice hockey team is set to take on No. 2 seed Connecticut College in 2018 NESCAC Championship Semifinal action. This is the third consecutive season the two sides will face off in Semifinal play. The second of two matchups, Amherst will hit the ice on Saturday, March 3 at 4 p.m. at Kenyon Arena on the campus of top-seeded Middlebury College.
Saturday, March 3 - Kenyon Arena
1 p.m. - Middlebury vs. Bowdoin - Video / Live Stats
4 p.m. - Amherst vs. Connecticut College - Video / Live Stats
HOW THEY GOT HERE
- Battling No. 6 Williams in the Quarterfinals, the No. 3 Mammoths used the momentum of three unanswered goals to open the game to earn a 5-2 victory over the Ephs.
- No. 2 Connecticut College punched their ticket to the Semifinals with a 3-1 win against No. 7 Colby highlighted by a two score opening period.
- The top seed, Middlebury advanced to the Semifinals after a four goal second period guided the Panthers to a dominant 5-0 victory over No. 8 seed Wesleyan.
- Upsetting No. 4 seed Hamilton, No. 5 Bowdoin gears up for the Semifinals after scoring in every period to post a 3-1 win against the Continentals.
- The league leader in all three major offensive statistical categories, Alex Toupal '18 headlines the Mammoths' offense with 17 goals, 22 assists and 39 points. Second on Amherst in points with 24, Jocelyn Hunyadi's '19 play-making abilities have seen her tally 18 helpers to go along with six scores. Emma Griese '18 has also proven to be a threat up front, recording 10 goals and three assists (13 points), while Emma Flynn '21, Katie Savage '19, Miriam Eickhoff '19, Katelyn Pantera '19 and Kaitlin Hoang '21 have all notched 12 or more points as part of the Mammoths well balanced offensive attack.
- In between the pipes, Bailey Plaman '18 (10-5-4) has started 20 contests for Amherst, logging 557 stops to post a 1.51 goals against average and a .951 save percentage in 1149:45 minutes. Also solid in net, Sabrina Dobbins '18 (5-1-0) has seen action in seven games, registering 125 saves, a .926 save percentage and a 1.65 goals against average. Alongside a stellar defense, Amherst has shut out three opponents this winter.
- Elena Gualtieri, Erin Dillon and Lily Connolly lead the Camels offense, with all three skaters racking up 17 or more points this season. With 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, Gualtieri ranks first on the team in all three categories, while Dillion and Connolly have both tallied 17 points behind the strength of 10 scores and seven helpers and nine goals and eight assists, respectively.
- Starting 23 games in net, Bailey Mertz (14-5-4) anchors the Connecticut College defense. Making 462 stops and shutting out seven opponents, Mertz enters the weekend owning a .933 save percentage and a 1.42 goals against average.
- The NESCAC's second leading point-getter, Jessica Young heads a potent Panthers offense with 15 goals, including eight power play scores, and 17 assists for 32 points so far this winter. Maddie Winslow (10G, 16A), Madie Leidt (15G, 9A) and Jenna Marotta (2G, 18A) have also all eclipsed the 20-point mark this winter.
- In between the pipes, Lin Han (9-3-2) has started 14 games for Middlebury en route to racking up 298 stops and six clean sheets to own a .940 save percentage and a 1.34 goals against average. Julia Neuburger (6-0-1) has started seven matchups for the Panthers, making 130 saves to boast a .956 save percentage and a 0.85 GAA.
- Both breaking the 20-point mark, Brooke Solomon and Julie Dachille lead the Polar Bear offense, with Solomon netting six goals and a team-high 18 assists for 24 points and Dachille registering a squad-leading 16 scores in addition to five helpers to total 21 points. Tala Glass, Julia Surgenor, Marissa Fichter and Brigit Bergin are also positioned to be threats up front for Bowdoin, having all racked up 10 or more points on the year.
- Kerri St. Denis (7-5-3) has played the majority of minutes for the Polar Bear, notching four shut outs, 387 saves, a .936 save percentage and a 1.56 goal against average in 16 appearances. Also seeing time in net, Sophia Lattanzio (6-3-0) has started nine contests en route to owning a 2.51 GAA and a .871 save percentage.
BY THE NUMBERS
|No. 3 Amherst||No. 2 Conn. College||No. 1 Middlebury||No. 5 Bowdoin|
|Goals Against Avg.||1.58||1.37||1.14||1.86|
2018 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship
Semifinals - Saturday, March 3 - at Middlebury
No. 5 Bowdoin vs. No. 1 Middlebury - 1 p.m.
No. 3 Amherst vs. No. 2 Connecticut College - 4 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, March 4 - at Middlebury
Semifinal Winners - 2 p.m.