Amherst Ready For SUNY Plattsburgh in NCAA First Round

Amherst Ready For SUNY Plattsburgh in NCAA First Round


PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The No. 6/5 Amherst College women's ice hockey team takes to the road for the First Round of the NCAA Division III Championship, traveling to No. 1/1 SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, N.Y. for a matchup on Saturday, March 12. The puck is set to drop at 3 p.m.

Live stats, audio and a webcast broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN) will be available for Saturday's First Round game. 

Ticket prices will be $6 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for children. 

The Amherst women's ice hockey team is making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship, and its first since the 2011-12 season. The Purple & White stand at 6-4 all-time in NCAA postseason play, have twice been crowned national champions (2009 and 2010), and finished as a national semifinalist in 2007. One of only eight programs in the country that will advance to the national postseason tournament, Amherst earned an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA postseason following a tough 5-4 overtime defeat to Middlebury College in the NESCAC Championship title game (March 6).


  • Amherst is led by First Team All-NESCAC selection Alex Toupal '18, who has tallied 23 goals (5th in nation) and 16 assists for 39 points. Her 1.50 points per game is 13th in the country. Senior captain Erin Martin - a 2016 Second Team All-NESCAC honoree - averages 1.37 points per game (14th in nation), having racked up 22 goals (sixth in country) and 15 assists for 37 points this season. Assistant captain Eileen Harris '16 follows with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points. Seven additional Purple & White skaters have posted 12 or more points on the season. 
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Sabrina Dobbins '18 (16-2-3) has logged the majority of minutes in net for the Purple & White, allowing just 30 goals and registering 524 saves in 1283:53 minutes to post a .946 save percentage (tied-eighth in country) and a 1.40 goals against average (ninth in nation). Her six shutouts are good for seventh in Division III.
  • Amherst ranks fifth nationally in team defense, allowing 1.30 goals per game, and is tied for third in team offense, scoring 4.11 goals per game. 
  • The Purple & White have converted on 17% of power plays and have effectively defended 90% of penalty kills.
  • Amherst has won 14 of its last 15 games, and owns a 9-2-1 record on the road this season. 

Two-time defending national champion SUNY Plattsburgh is making its 11th appearance in the national tournament in the last 12 years following a 8-0 victory over Utica College in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West title game on March 6. The win marked Plattsburgh's fourth-consecutive league crown. Guiding the Cardinals to 13-straight 20-plus win seasons since taking the helm in 2003-04, Head Coach Kevin Houle leads a Plattsburgh squad looking to capture its fifth ever and third-straight NCAA Division III championship. 


  • The Cardinals are led by ECAC West Player of the Year Kayla Meneghin. Recording 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points, Meneghin currently ranks eighth in the nation in goals, fourth in the country in assists, and first in Division III in points per game with 1.85. Playing in 23 of 27 games, Melissa Sheeran ranks second on the team in points with 47 on a team-leading 26 goals (third in nation) and 21 assists. Her 1.71 points per game ranks her third in the country. Bridget Balisy follows with a team and Division III leading 31 helpers in addition to 11 goals for 42 points. Her 1.56 points per game is eighth in the nation. Five additional Plattsburgh skaters have posted 26 or more points this season. 
  • ECAC West Co-Defensive Player of the Year Camille Leonard (24-1-0) has been a constant in between the posts for the Cardinals. The Oakville, Ontario native leads the country in every official NCAA goalkeeping statistic, allowing just 15 goals and notching 14 shutouts to register a .963 save percentage and 0.66 goals against average. 
  • Plattsburgh ranks first nationally in team offense and defense, scoring 5.56 goals per game while allowing 0.67 goals per game.
  • The Cardinals have converted on 36.75% of power plays and have effectively defended 94.3% of penalty kills. 
  • Plattsburgh dropped its only game of the season, 2-4, to Utica College on Feb. 13, and owns a 14-0 record at home this season. 

2015-2016 TALE OF THE TAPE

    No. 6/5 Amherst      No. 1/1 SUNY Plattsburgh  
Games 27 27 
Goals 111  150
Assists 136  236
Points 247 386
Goals Against 35  18
Saves 615 445 
Save Percentage .946 .961 
Goals Against Average  1.28  0.67
Power Play 17%  36.8%
Penalty Kill 90%  94.3%