NCAA First Round Preview: Women's Hockey Gears Up for Clash With Norwich

NCAA First Round Preview: Women's Hockey Gears Up for Clash With Norwich

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women's ice hockey team is set to hit the ice for a NCAA Championship contest for the seventh time in program history this Wednesday, March 11, with the Mammoths welcoming No. 7 Norwich University to Orr Rink for a chance to advance to the Quarterfinals of the national postseason.

The puck drops for First Round action at 7:00PM.

As previously announced, given the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, administrators at Amherst College made the very difficult decision to prohibit spectators from attending the NCAA games at our facilities out of an abundance of caution.

The winner of the Norwich/Amherst matchup will travel to Plattsburgh State on Saturday, March 14 for a Quarterfinal bout.


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LIVE COVERAGE
March 11  |  7:00 PM  | Amherst vs. Norwich |  Live Stats / Video

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • The Mammoths earned an automatic bid to appear in the program's seventh NCAA Championships after edging Middlebury, 2-1, in the league finals on Sunday to clinch Amherst's fourth NESCAC conference title.
  • Norwich will be making its 11th overall NCAA postseason appearance after cruising to its 10th New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Tournament title this past Saturday with a dominant 9-2 win over Suffolk.

THE MATCHUP
Wednesday will mark the 16th all-time meeting between the sides, with Norwich holding a 9-6 edge in the series. Getting the best out of the Cadets in recent history however, Amherst has won the last two meetings, including a 4-1 win earlier this season at Orr Rink and a 3-1 victory last season in Vermont.

In the NCAA postseason, the teams have split their previous two contests, with Amherst powering past the Cadets, 7-2, in the 2010 National Championship game before a 2012 NCAA Quarterfinal battle at Kreitzberg Arena saw Norwich come out on top, 5-0.

SCOUTING AMHERST
17-5-5 Overall  |  Schedule / Roster / Stats
Looking to secure the program's third National Title (2009, 2010), the Mammoths return to the national postseason for the first time since 2016 owning a 6-5 record in NCAA Championship action.

  • The Mammoths are led by NESCAC Rookie of the Year Jillian Mazzocca '23, with the West Hartford, Conn. native notching a team-leading 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points. Junior Kaitlin Hoang has also been stellar as of late to rank tied for first in points (23) with Mazzocca, potting goals in each of Amherst's last two postseason contests to own eight scores and a Mammoths-leading 15 assists.
  • Carley Daly '23 has also seen success up front in her debut winter, logging 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points, while Emma Flynn '21 has chipped in four goals and 13 assists for 17 points. Kate Pohl '23 also ranks inside the top-five in points, with the forward potting seven goals and eight assists (15 points).
  • On the goal line, Amherst boasts All-NESCAC First Team selection Caitlin Walker '22 (16-5-5) - with Walker ranking inside the top-five in the Division III in save percentage (.958) and goals against average (1.16) in one of the toughest top-to-bottom conferences in the country.  

SCOUTING NO. 7 NORWICH UNIVERSITY
22-4-2 Overall  |  Schedule / Roster / Stats
Two-time National Champions (2011, 2018), Norwich enters's Wednesday's bout with a 13-10 all-time ledger in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Up front, the Cadets are led by Amanda Conway, with the three-time NEHC Player of the Year and Norwich's all-time leading scorer owning 58 points on the winter behind the strength of 31 goals and 28 assists.
  • Defenses will also have to be on the lookout for Sophie McGovern, with the forward potting 19 goals and dishing out 25 helpers for 44 points, while Sam Benoit (6G-28A-34P), Ann-Frederique Guay (18G-14A-32P) and Julia Masotta (11G-22A-33P) round out the Cadets' top-five point getters.
  • In between the pipes, Alexa Berg (10-3-2) has seen the majority of action, racking up a 1.16 GAA and a .946 save percentage in 15 games, while Emily Lambert has accumulated a .940 save percentage and a 1.30 goals against average in nine appearances.

BY THE NUMBERS

  MAMMOTHS  CADETS
 GOALS 67 154
 GOALS/GAME 2.39 5.31
 ASSISTS 112 244
 TOTAL POINTS 179 398
 GOALS AGAINST  36 32
 SAVES 730 566
 SAVE % .953 .946
 GOALS AGAINST AVG.  1.27 1.10
 POWER PLAY % 19.8% 19.0%
 PENALTY KILL % 91.7% 90.2%
 PENALTIES / GAME 2.6 4.0
 SOG / GAME 30.0 43.4

 
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