Women's Hockey To Host NCAA Quarterfinal Contest - Watch Live!
March 10, 2008
Middlebury will makes its seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 15th when they host Manhattanville at 4:00 p.m. This will be the fourth straight NCAA quarterfinal match-up between the two schools, with the Panthers advancing 3-1 in '07, 4-3 in '06 and 3-2 in overtime in '05. Middlebury leads the all-time series between the schools, 4-2. Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Middlebury earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling 3-2 in overtime to Colby in the NESCAC semifinals. The Panthers are now 11-4 overall in NESCAC Tournament play.
Middlebury enters the game having won three of the last four NCAA Championships, including three straight from '04-'06. The Panthers have an 11-3 record in NCAA play since the tournament's inception in '02. Prior to the NCAA Tournament, Middlebury captured the '00 and '01 AWCHA National Championships.
Middlebury has an amazing 300-38-14 (.872) record over the past 13 seasons, with head coach Bill Mandigo sporting a 371-92-16 (.791) record in his 20th season at the helm of the program. His 371 wins are more than any other coach in any division in the history of women's college hockey.
The Panthers enter the game with a 19-3-3 overall record, after going 13-0-3 in NESCAC play. The offense ranks fifth in the nation, scoring 4.12 goals/game, while the defense allows 1.08 goals/game, placing them second among their Division III opponents. The special teams have been impressive, with Middlebury's power play leading the nation at .280, while the penalty kill is ranked eighth (.896).
Leading the team in scoring this season is NESCAC Player of the Year, Annmarie Cellino. The junior leads the nation in assists this season with 39, while ranking third in points with 42. She owns 13 goals on the year, including three on the power play.
Rookie Anna McNally ranks sixth in the nation with 19 goals and 37 points to go along with her 18 assists. She is the nation's leading scorer among rookies, while tying for second nationally with four shorthanded goals.
Senior Karen Levin is fourth among defenders in scoring with seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points on the year. Junior Erika Nakamura is tied for second on the team with 13 goals, assisting on 10 others for 23 points on the season. Her five game-winning goals place her fifth in the nation.
Junior Randi Dumont (8-8-16) leads the team with six power play goals on the year, while junior Molly Vitt (7-9-16) rounds out the leading scorers.
Sophomore Lani Wright and first-year netminder Lexi Bloom have split time between the pipes this season for the Panthers. Wright is 10-1-2 with a .098 GAA (4th nationally) and a .949 save percentage (4th nationally). Bloom sports a 9-2-1 record with a 1.11 GAA (5th nationally) and a .935 save percentage (9th nationally).
Manhattanville earned its way into the tourney with a 6-3 win over N.E.C. in the ECAC East title game. The Valiants have won nine straight, sport a 22-6 overall record, with a 17-2 record in ECAC East play. The team leads the nation with 4.75 goals/game, while ranking eighth, allowing just 1.46 goals/contest.
Junior Danielle Nagymarosi (31-18-49, 8 PP, 5 GWG) leads the team in scoring, with support from rookies Shannon Coffey (12-25-37) and Holly Nonis (16-20-36) and senior Amanda Nonis (16-19-35). Sophomore Sophia Kokkonis is 12-3 with a 1.44 GAA and .933 SV% in goal, while junior Karine Turmel is 8-3 with a 1.54 GAA and a .932 SV%.
2008 NCAA Women's Hockey Tournament
Quarterfinals, March 14th or 15th
Manhattanville (22-6) @ Middlebury (19-3-3) - 4:00 p.m.
Elmira (21-5-1) @ Amherst (20-3-4) - 3:00 p.m.
Wis.-Superior @ Gustavus Adolphus (25-2) - 3:00 p.m.
Semifinals, March 21st @ Plattsburgh
Manhattanville/Middlebury winner vs. Wis.-Superior/Gustavus Adolphus - 3:30 p.m.
Elmira/Amhert winner vs. Plattsburgh - 7:00 p.m.
Third-Place/Championship, March 22nd @ Plattsburgh - 3:30/7:00 p.m.