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March 19, 2009

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Middlebury College women's hockey team will host the eighth-annual NCAA Division III Women's Hockey Championship. The Panthers drew a first-round bye, and will host the semifinals and finals on Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st in Kenyon Arena. This will mark the second time Middlebury has hosted the event, earning a 2-1 win over Wis.-Stevens Point in '04. 

Elmira will take on Wisconsin-River Falls in the first semifinal on Friday, March 20th at 3:30 p.m., followed by Middlebury vs. Amherst at 7:00 p.m. The third place game will faceoff at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21st, while the NCAA Championship game will get underway at 7:00 p.m.

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Tickets are on sale from Tuesday, March 10th through Friday, March 20th. CLICK HERE to purchase, or call (802) 443-6433. You can also stop by the central campus box office in McCullough during regular business hours, Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Advance tickets are sold only as a package for the four games, and are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for students. Single day tickets priced at $12/$6 are available at the door one hour before gametime each day.


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2009 NCAA Division III Women's Hockey Tournament
Quarterfinals, March 14 - *=host school
*Amherst 4, Plattsburgh 1
*Elmira 3, Norwich 2
Wis.-River Falls 2, *Gustavus Adolphus 1 

Semifinals, Friday, March 20th - Kenyon Arena - Middlebury College
Elmira (23-4-1) vs. Wis.-River Falls (20-5-3) - 3:30 p.m.
Amherst (22-5) vs. Middlebury (19-3-4) - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 21st - Kenyon Arena Middlebury College
Third-Place game - 3:30 p.m.
NCAA Championship - 7:00 p.m.



Elmira 3, Wis.-River Falls 0 - Game 1 Box Score
Amherst 3, Middlebury 2 - Game 2 Box Score
Middlebury 3, UWRF 2 (OT) - Third Place Box Score
Amherst 4, Elmira 3 (OT) - Championship Box Score


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Amherst won its first NCAA Women's Hockey Championship with a 4-3 overtime victory over Elmira in the title game played in Middlebury College's Kenyon Arena. Kate Dennett scored the game-winner 12:22 into the overtime to lift the Jeffs to the victory. After her first shot was saved driving in on the left wing, Dennett poked in the rebound as it lie just infront of Elmira goaltender Allison Cubberley. Amherst ends its championship season with a record of 24-5, while Elmira falls to 24-5-1.

Elmira controlled the play early, failing on a power play at 8:10, before taking advantage of a five-on-three situation, gaining a 1-0 lead at the 15:21 mark. Jenna McCall gathered the puck just outside the crease and quickly fed Kayla Coady for the redirect goal to give the Soaring Eagles the 1-0 lead. Amherst was held without a shot for the game's first 16:19, before going on the power play. The period ended with Elmira holding an 8-3 shots advantage and a 1-0 lead. The 11 combined shots are goal in the first period are the fewest ever in a championship game.

Amherst tied the game at the 2:54 mark, as Lindsey Harrington won a face-off back to Courtney Hanlon, who netted her team-leading 19th goal of the season from the top of the right face-off circle. Amherst goaltender Krystyn Elek made a huge save on Lauryn DePaul 4:30 into the period, keeping it a 1-1 game. The Jeffs went on another power play at the 5:09 mark, but Cubberly made some nice saves to keep the game knotted at one.

Amherst took a 2-1 lead at 15:16 as Emily Vitale sent a puck towards the crease from behind the goal. The puck deflected off a skate to Kate Dennett, who finished to give the Jeffs a 2-1 lead. Elmira had a power play opportunity at the 16:04 mark, but could not score as they entered the intermission with a 2-1 deficit. The Amherst offense came alive in the period, outshooting its opponent 13-7.

Elmira tied the game just 2:29 into the third period as Erika Goodwin found Coady with a long cross-crease pass for the goal. The tally was her 21st of the season and fifth of the NCAA Tournament, a new record. Amherst had a quality opportunity on a power play at 7:41, but Tarasai Karega's shot on a rebound was denied with a great glove by Cubberly.

Elmira regained the lead at 11:14 as Kathryn Walker's shot from the top of the right face-off circle deflected off a defender and into the top right corner of the net. Amherst tied the game with 2:18 remaining, after a flurry of offense at the Elmira net. Several shots were saved by Cubberly and a Karega shot hit the post, before Vitale scored on the doorstep to send the game into overtime. Amherst ended regulation with a 26-24 advantage in shots on goal.

Elmira had a quality chance just 20 seconds into overtime, as Jamie Huntley was stopped by Elek breaking in all alone. Amherst went on the power play at 4:53 and then a five-on-three advantage for 1:03, but were unable to score. The Jeffs took six shots during the power play, with two going on net.

Elek ended the night with 25 saves in goal for the Jeffs, while Cubberley made 28 saves for the Soaring Eagles. Elek, Dennett, Kirsten Dier and Lindsey Harrington were named to the All-Tournament team for Amherst, as were Coady and Jamie Kivi for Elmira.


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -Middlebury earned its 20th win of the season as the Panthers picked up a 3-2 overtime victory over Wisconsin-River Falls in the NCAA third place game played on campus. With just 12 seconds left in overtime, Heidi Woodworth sent a puck in from the right point, that was deflected in by Grace Waters for the game-winner. Middlebury now has 14 straight seasons with 19 or more victories. The Panthers end the year with a 20-4-4 mark, while the Falcons finish at 20-7-3. All five goals in Middlebury's semifinal loss to Amherst came on the power play, while all four goals in regulation were also scored on the power play today.

UWRF had a golden opportunity midway through the first period, but the puck slipped off the stick of Ashly Berner as she broke in all alone on Lani Wright. The Panthers had a breakaway of their own later in the period, as Heather McCormack was stopped by a pad save from Melissa Deardofff.

The Falcons took a 1-0 lead at 10:33 with a power play goal. Kayleigh Bell sent the puck in from the left point, before it bounced and found its way to Stefanie Schmitz, who quickly slide a pass to Abby Sunderman for the goal. The Panthers tied the game with a power play tally of their own at the 15:45 mark. Molly Vitt sent the puck in from the right point, before it was tipped by McCormack and finished off on the far side by Julia Ireland. Middlebury turned up offense in the latter part of the period, heading into the locker room with a 15-6 shots advantage.

Ally Foley had a great chance to give UWRF the lead 6:00 into the second period, but was denied on a breakaway by Wright. The Falcons kept battling and took a 2-1 lead at 8:01 as Stefanie Schmitz set up Heather Horgen at the point for a power play goal. UWRF kept up the pressure and sent several shot in on Wright in the next five minutes of play, but the score remained at 2-1. The Falcons kept coming, but Wright stopped a pair of breakaways, including one on Emma Nordness with 1:30 left in the period.

Middlebury tied the game 6:03 into the third period as Molly Vitt took a feed from Annmarie Cellino before roofing a shot from the left face-off circle. The power play goal was the sixth power play tally of the year for Vitt. Middlebury's Maggie Melberg was stopped on a breakaway by Deardorff, before Wright returned the favor on the other end with three straight stellar stops. UWRF had one final chance to win the game in regulation, but a power play that began at 15:10 was not successful. After being outshot 8-3 in the third period, Middlebury ended regulation with a 24-22 shots advantage and held a 28-24 lead advantage in the game. Middlebury's Wright (22 saves) and UWRF's Deardorff (25 saves) were both stellar between the pipes.


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Amherst will make its first trip to the NCAA Championship game after earning a 3-2 win over Middlebury in a semifinal contest played at Middlebury College's Kenyon Arena. The Jeffs will meet Elmira, a 3-0 winner over Wisconsin-River Falls, in the title game on Saturday night at 7:00. The Panthers will take part in the third-place game at 3:30 p.m. against the Falcons. The meeting was the fourth of the year between the two schools, with Amherst winning both regular season match-ups before a Middlebury win in the NESCAC title game.

Amherst took advantage of a power play 5:20 into the game as Tarasai Karega scored with a backhander after a nifty move in the crease. The tally was her 10th of the season as the Jeffs took an early 1-0 lead. Amherst struck again on the power play late in the period, taking a 2-0 advantage at the 17:00 mark. Julia Koch took a pass from Karega at the right face-off circle and snapped a shot past a screened Alexi Bloom. Amherst ended the period with a slim 6-4 shots advantage.

Middlebury failed on its first power play of the second period, before cutting the lead in half with a power play tally at the 4:00 mark. Molly Vitt netted her 11th of the season as she scored from the far side on a rebound after Ashley Bairos' shot was saved by Krystyn Elek. Amherst answered with its third power play goal of the night, as Megan Curry converted a quick crossing pass from Karega for her seventh of the year at 12:06. Very few shots were taken through the first two periods, with each team totaling a dozen on goal.

Middlebury had an unsuccessful power play in the third before making it a one-goal game with goal from Annmarie Cellino on the power play at the 12:35 mark. Heather McCormack made a nice fed to Cellino, who netted the 65th of her career with a snapshot to the top left corner of the net. Amherst suffered its only failed power play of the night later in the period, as they went 3-4 in the game. The Panthers threatened late, including 1:38 of play with their netminder pulled, but could not score the equalizer.

Elek made 17 saves for the win, while Bloom made 15 stops on the night. Middlebury held a slim 19-18 shots advantage in the contest.


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Elmira will make its fourth appearance in the NCAA Championship game after a 3-0 win over Wisconsin-River Falls (20-6-3) in a semifinal contest played in Middlebury College's Kenyon Arena. The Soaring Eagles (24-4-1) will take on the winner of the Middlebury/Amherst game played later tonight. The title game is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday with the third-place game at 3:30 p.m.

The first period had little flow as the teams combined for nine penalties. Elmira broke onto the board first as Kayla Coady scored from the left side down low, lifting a shot high into the net. The goal was the 19th of the season for Coady, who was honored with the Laura Hurd Award as the nation's top Division III women's hockey player on Thursday. Wisconsin-River Falls had several power play chances as well, including a five-on-three for 30 seconds, but could not tie the game up. The Soaring Eagles threatened again late in the period as Jamie Huntley was denied in the final 30 seconds by a stellar save from Cassi Campbell.

Campbell came up big once again for UWRF midway through the second period, as she denied Huntley on a breakaway. Coady gathered the rebound, but Campbell got a piece of it with her glove, keeping the Falcon's deficit at 1-0. Huntley finally broke through with 3:05 left in the period, as she scored with a spinning move from the high slot after a feed from Lauryn DePaul. The Soaring Eagles ended the period with a 13-5 shots advantage.

Elmira took a 3-0 advantage just 1:29 into the third period as Melanie Henshaw scored from just outside the crease after a shot from Jenna McCall was saved. That would be the final goal of the game as Elmira skated away with a 3-0 win. Allison Cubberley ended the night with 19 saves to earn her 10th shutout of the season, while Campbell made 22 saves for the Falcons.