Women's Hockey Prepares For Final Four

March 14, 2005

3/15/05 - The Middlebury College women's hockey team will make its second straight appearance in the NCAA semifinals and fourth overall on Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th at Elmira College. Middlebury will meet Gustavus Adolphus (3-0 winner over Wisconsin-Stevens Point) at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, while Plattsburgh (9-4 winner over Bowdoin) takes on the host school, Elmira at 7:00 p.m. Saturday's third-place game is at 3:30 pm., with the championship scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Panthers enter the game with a 4-2 record in NCAA play, falling in the '02 and '03 first rounds before winning the title a year ago. Prior to the NCAA Tournament, Middlebury captured the '00 and '01 AWCHA National Championship. Middlebury has an amazing 229-29-9 (.870) record over the past 10 seasons, with head coach Bill Mandigo sporting a 300-84-11 (.773) record in his 17th season at the helm of the program. His 299 wins are more than any other coach in any division in the history of women's college hockey.

The defending NCAA Champions earned their bid to the tournament by capturing their third NESCAC Championship in five years, with a 5-1 win over Bowdoin. Middlebury advanced to the semifinals with a 3-2 overtime win over Manhatannville in the quarterfinals. The Panthers enter the weekend with a 23-3-1 overall record, after going 14-1-1 in NESCAC play. Middlebury was ranked second in the final national poll and second in the PairWise power rankings. Middlebury's offense ranks sixth in the nation, scoring 4.71 goals/game, while the defense allows 1.36 goals/game, placing them eighth among Division III teams. The special teams have been impressive, with Middlebury leading the nation with a power play that clicks at .269 and a penalty kill that is .925 effective, ranking eighth nationally.

Emily Quizon leads the team in scoring this season with 16 goals and 36 assists for 52 points. Her assists and points lead the team, while she owns six power play goals on the season. Quizon averages 1.86 points/game (3rd nationally) and 1.29 assists/contest (1st nationally). Lorna Gifis is the team's leading goal scorer with 25, to go along with her 18 assists, 43 points, and a nation's best 10 power play goals. Her .096 goals/game are sixth among the nation's players. Alison Graddock (12-16-28), Shannon Tarrant (7-19-26), Karen Levin (6-20-26), and Shannon Sylvester (6-16-22) round out the team's leading scorers. In goal, Kate Kogut has a 17-3-1 record with a 1.45 GAA and a .931 save percentage to go along with her six shutouts.

2005 NCAA Women's Hockey Tournament

Quarterfinals, Friday & Saturday, March 11th & 12th

Middlebury* 3, Manhattanville 2 (OT)

Plattsburgh* 9, Bowdoin 4

Gustavus Adolphus 3, Wisconsin-Stevens Point* 2

*=home team

Semifinals, Friday, March 18th - Elmira College

Middlebury (24-3-1) vs. Gustavus Adolphus (24-3-1) - 3:30 p.m.

Plattsburgh (21-5-1) vs. Elmira (23-3) - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 19th - Elmira College

Third-place Game - 3:00 p.m.

Championship Game - 7:00 p.m.