Women's Hockey Set To Host NESCAC Tourney
February 27, 2007
The Middlebury College women's hockey team will host the NESCAC semifinals and championship on March 3rd and 4th in the Kenyon Arena. The Panthers will meet Hamilton at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, while Amherst meets Bowdoin in the other semifinal at 4:00 p.m. The winners meet for the NESCAC Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Middlebury is now 9-3 overall in NESCAC Tournament play and are making their sixth consecutive trip in the NESCAC semifinals in the six years of the tournament's existence. The Panthers have won four of the six tourneys and will be hosting the event for the third time. Middlebury has won the last three NCAA titles and have won five overall national crowns.
The Panthers had another solid regular season, going 22 games without a loss. Middlebury has suffered just two losses this season, an opening night loss to Plattsburgh and a second loss to the Cardinals on February 20th. Both of Middlebury's ties came in NESCAC play, battling to a draw with Wesleyan and Amherst.
Middlebury leads the NESCAC in scoring and scoring defense this season. The Panthers allow a mere 1.38 goals/game, while scoring 4.12 goals/contest. Middlebury also leads the league with a .907 penalty kill percentage, while ranking second on the power play, clicking at .215.
Senior Abby Kurtz-Phelan is leading the team in scoring with 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points on the season. She ranks second in the league with 1.78 points/game, while leading the NESCAC with 1.06 assists/contest. She also leads the team with five power play goals, while adding four game-winners.
Sophomore Annmarie Cellino (13-17-30) is just behind Kurtz-Phelan, followed by senior Shannon Sylvester (13-16-29). Cellino is fifth in the league with 1.25 points/game, while Sylvester leads the team with six game-winners. Senior Shannon Tarrant (8-17-25) and junior Karen Levin (9-14-23) round out the other leaders in the points column.
Junior Angie Todd and first-year netminder Lani Wright have split time between the pipes. Todd is 11-1 with a 1.77 GAA, while Wright is 8-1-2 with a 1.02 GAA.
Middlebury will offer live webcasts of all NESCAC Championship games this weekend. Check the website later this week for more details.
2007 NESCAC WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
First-Round - Saturday, Feb. 24 at Higher Seeds
#2 Bowdoin 3, #7 Trinity 1
#3 Amherst 3, #6 Williams 2 (OT)
#4 Hamilton 4, #5 Colby 3 (OT)
Semifinals - Saturday, March 3rd (Middlebury)
#1 Middlebury (20-2-2) vs. #4 Hamilton (10-13-2) - 1:00 p.m.
#2 Bowdoin (17-6-2) vs. #3 Amherst (17-5-3) - 4:00 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, March 4th
NESCAC Championship - 1:00 p.m.