NESCAC Preview: No. 3 Amherst Ready to Host No. 6 Connecticut College

NESCAC Preview: No. 3 Amherst Ready to Host No. 6 Connecticut College

AMHERST, Mass. – Clinching the third seed in the 2020 NESCAC Championship, the Amherst College women's ice hockey team is set to host sixth-seeded Connecticut College for a Quarterfinal matchup this Saturday, Feb. 29 at Orr Rink. The puck drops at 3:00PM.


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LIVE COVERAGE
Saturday's NESCAC Quarterfinal will feature live stats and a webcast broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).

SETTING THE SCENE
Facing off twice earlier this season, the Mammoths claimed a 2-0 series sweep of the Camels, 3-0 and 2-1, in back-to-back matchups on Jan. 10 and 11 at Orr Rink. Holding Connecticut College scoreless in game one, Amherst struck once in the opening period and tacked on two more scores in the second stanza to earn the 3-0 shut out before hitting nylon in the first and third a day later to counteract a Camels' third period goal and capture a 2-1 victory in game two.

Amherst hits the ice this Saturday owning a 24-15 all-time record in the league tournament and will look to advance to the conference finals for the fourth time in the last five seasons. The Camels are the No. 6 seed for the first time since 2009 and are making their 13th straight appearance in the NESCAC Championship field. Last meeting in the NESCAC postseason in 2018, Amherst clinched a 3-1 win in the sides' semifinal bout en route to moving their tournament record against the Camels to 5-0.

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 3 Seed (14-5-5, 8-4-4 NESCAC) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
One of just three teams to appear in every NESCAC Championship tournament since its inception, Amherst enters the postseason for the 19th consecutive season aiming to return to the Semifinals for the 13th time in program history. 

  • Jillian Mazzocca '23 and Kaitlin Hoang '21 have each hit the 20-point threshold as catalysts for the Amherst offense, with Mazzocca potting a team-leading 12 goals and connecting for 12 assists (22 points) and Hoang dishing out a Mammoths-high 14 helpers to go along with six scores for 20 total points. 
  • Opposing defenses will also be on the lookout for Carley Daly '23, with the first-year owning 18 points behind nine goals and nine assists, while Emma Flynn '21 (2G-13A-15P), Kate Pohl '23 (7G-7A-14P), Mia DelRosso '21 (1G-12A-13P), Stephanie Nomicos '22 (1G-10A-11P), and Leslie Schwartz '23 (1G-9A-10P) make the list of Amherst's 10-plus point getters so far this winter. 
  • Sophomore Caitlin Walker (13-5-5) has seen the majority of minutes on the goal line for the Mammoths, with the Columbus, Ohio native racking up 593 stops and five shut outs to rank sixth in the nation in save percentage (.955) and 12th in Division III in goals against average (1.22).

SCOUTING CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
No. 6 Seed (13-7-4, 6-6-4 NESCAC) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
Making the program's 15th appearance in the conference postseason, the Camels travel to the Pioneer Valley with a 6-14-0 all-time NESCAC Championship ledger and are looking to advance to the the Semifinals for the second time in three seasons.

  • Leading Connecticut College in goals and assists, junior forward Erin Dillon has netted 13 scores and dished out 13 helpers for 26 points, while Kylie Wilkes is next on the Camels with 18 points behind five goals and 13 assists.
  • Samantha Estes (8G-6A-14P), Lauren Helm (4G-10A-14P), Camille Phelan (6G-5A-11P), Natalie Witkowski (6G-4A-10P) and Ashley Carbone (4G-6A-10P) round out Connecticut College's double-digit point getters.
  • Carly Denora owns a 8-5-3 record as a starter in frame for the Camels, racking up 308 saves in 937:21 to boast a 1.41 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. Abbie Wieczorek (3-1-1) has stepped on the ice for eight games donning the Blue & White, posting 126 stops, a .940 save percentage and a 1.37 goals against average in just under 400 minutes.

BY THE NUMBERS

  NO. 3 MAMMOTHS  NO. 6
CAMELS 
 GAMES / RECORD 24 / 14-5-5 24 / 13-7-4
 GOALS 60 67
 GOALS/GAME 2.50 2.79
 ASSISTS 103 91
 TOTAL POINTS 163 158
 GOALS AGAINST  31 40
 SAVES 619 489
 SAVE % .952 .924
 GOALS AGAINST AVG.  1.27 1.64
 POWER PLAY % 21.3% (20-94) 18.4% (18-98)
 PENALTY KILL % 91.2% (62-68) 92.0% (81-88)
 PENALTIES / GAME 2.9 3.8
 SOG / GAME 31.3 26.0

 
2020 NESCAC WOMEN'S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 29
No. 8 Trinity at No. 1 Middlebury - 1:00PM
No. 5 Williams at No. 4 Hamilton - 1:00PM
No. 7 Bowdoin at No. 2 Colby - 3:00PM
No. 6 Connecticut College at No. 3 Amherst - 3:00PM

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