Women's Hockey To Host NCAA Quarterfinal

March 5, 2012

The Middlebury College women’s hockey team will make its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance when they host Plattsburgh in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The game will take place on Saturday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Kenyon Arena.

Tickets are priced at $6 for adults, $4 for students and are on sale now at: http://boxoffice.middlebury.edu/index.php. You may also call 802-443-6433 or stop by the McCullough box office during normal business hours. Tickets will also be available at the door at 6:00 p.m.

Middlebury is making its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, having previously qualified from (’02-’10). The Panthers have won more tournament games (14-6) and have a higher winning percentage (.700) than any other team in NCAA Tournament history. Middlebury won three straight titles from ’04-’06, advancing to the finals in ’07. Prior to the NCAA Tournament, Middlebury captured the ’00 and ’01 AWCHA National Championship tournaments.

Middlebury earned its way into the tournament with an automatic bid after capturing its seventh NESCAC Championship. After splitting a pair of regular season games with Amherst, the Panthers earned a 1-0 overtime win over the Jeffs in Kenyon Arena. NESCAC Player of the Week Lauren Greer scored the game-winner 6:17 into the extra session.

Middlebury has amassed an amazing 371-63-25 (.836) record over the past 17 seasons. The Panthers have boasted some impressive streaks in that time, including a 136-game Division III unbeaten streak (ended 1/26/01 with loss at Manhattanville) and an 85-game home winning streak (ended 3/1/02 with loss to Williams).

Middlebury is among the nation’s leaders in many categories, including scoring defense (1.37-4th), scoring offense (3.70-7th), scoring margin (+2.33-7th) and power play (.240-7th). The team leads the NESCAC in scoring offense and power play, while ranking second in scoring defense.

First-team All-NESCAC selection Lauren Greer leads the team in scoring this season (13-16-29). She leads the NESCAC in points/game (1.26), is second with .7 assists/contest, while placing third with .57 goals/game. First-year player Hannah Bielawski (7-19-26) leads the NESCAC with .74 assists/game this season, while tying for fifth with 1.0 points/contest. She is eighth nationally among rookies with 1.0 points/game this season. Sophomore Sara Ugalde is tied for the team-lead with 13 goals to go along with 12 assists for 25 points. Her eight power play goals rank her seventh nationally, while her five game-winners place her eighth. Senior Maggie Melberg (9-15-24) and junior Maggie Woodward (10-11-21) round out the team’s leading scorers. Junior Madison Styrbicki is an All-NESCAC defender who is sixth on the team in scoring (4-16-20). She is fifth in the league with .62 assists/game this season.

In goal, first-year player Annabelle Jones has started 21 of 27 games this season. She owns a 15-3-3 record with a 1.36 goals against average and a .933 save percentage to go along with three shutouts. Her GAA is sixth nationally, while her save percentage is ninth.

Head Coach Bill Mandigo is now in his 24rd season at the helm of the Panthers. He has a career record of 451 wins, 113 losses, and 27 ties, giving him more wins than any other coach in any division in the history of women’s college hockey. After leading his team to its first ECAC Championship in '96, Mandigo was named the ECAC Coach of the Year. In 2001, Mandigo was again honored as the ECAC Coach of the Year, as well as the AHCA National Coach of the Year. In ’01, ’04 and '05, Mandigo was named the AHCA National Coach of the Year. Since then, he’s led the team to five more ECAC titles, five national titles and four NESCAC crowns. He was recently named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second time.

Middlebury and Plattsburgh met twice earlier this season, with the Panthers picking up a 4-1 win at Plattsburgh on November 27th. The teams battled again on February 18th, skating to a 4-4 tie in Kenyon Arena. This will be the fourth NCAA Tournament meeting between the schools, two of them coming in NCAA Championship games. The Cardinals won the ’07 title game 2-1, with Middlebury picking up the ’06 NCAA crown with a 3-1 victory. The Panthers picked up a win in the first NCAA meeting between the schools, a 2-1 victory in the ’04 semifinals. The all-time series between the schools is tied at 9-9-3.

2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Hockey Tournament
Quarterfinals, Saturday, March 10th
Concordia (15-5-5) @ R.I.T. (25-1-1) – 2:00 p.m.
Amherst (21-5-1) @ Norwich (25-2-1) – 3:00 p.m.
Wis.-River Falls (23-4-2) @ Gustavus Adolphus (23-2-2) – 3:00 p.m.
Plattsburgh (18-6-3) @ Middlebury (21-3-3) – 7:00 p.m.

Semifinals, Friday, March 16th – site TBA
Concordia/R.I.T.  winner vs. Plattsburgh/Middlebury winner
Amherst /Norwich winner vs. Wis.-River Falls/Gustavus Adolphus winner

Championship, Saturday, March 17th – site TBA
Third-Place game
NCAA Championship