ECAC North Atlantic to begin women's play next season
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The ECAC North Atlantic becomes the third ECAC Women's League at the Division III level, joining the ECAC East and West. (Photo Courtesy of ECAC)
DANBURY, Conn. – Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) President and CEO Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today the formation of a new ECAC Division III Women’s Ice Hockey League that will debut in 2015-16. The league, which will be named ECAC North Atlantic, will be comprised of eight institutions that either currently compete independently or are starting a women’s ice hockey program next year.
Becker College, Daniel Webster College, Endicott College, Johnson & Wales University, Morrisville State College, Salem State University, Stevenson University, and SUNY Canton will be the founding members of the ECAC North Atlantic Hockey League.
“It is with great excitement and anticipation that the ECAC announces the formation of the North Atlantic Hockey League,” said McGinniss. “The sport of women’s ice hockey is rapidly growing in the United States and we are extremely proud to be a part of it. These eight institutions are further blazing the path for future programs to start women’s ice hockey and to bolster the student-athlete experience.”
The league was formed based on bringing together ECAC members that currently sponsor the sport of women’s ice hockey or plan to sponsor the sport next season. The ECAC currently sponsors two women’s hockey leagues and five total Division III hockey leagues. The ECAC Women’s East is currently the largest ECAC league with 14 members, while ECAC Women’s West currently holds 10 institutions.
The eight schools will play each other twice during the regular season and an ECAC North Atlantic Champion will be crowned following a post-season conference tournament.
The Crazy 'Cac, bengals, and birds.... Oh my!
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Although their season is quite young in the grand scheme of things, it's been a chaotic start to the season in the NESCAC. With the conference's season in its fourth weekend, three teams (Trinity, Bowdoin, Williams) are tied for the conference lead, and five others are within two points of the top spot.
The early parity of the NESCAC was certainly on display tonight, as just one game involving NESCAC teams was decided by more than one goal, and Trinity and Wesleyan had strong non conference showings as well.
It was far from an ideal weekend in Brunswick. Entering the weekend as the NESCAC's only remaining unbeaten team, the No. 10 Bowdoin Polar Bears fell hard this weekend, losing back-to-back conference games. Bowdoin was dropped 3-1 by Connecticut College on Friday, and tonight Brian Brown's overtime game winner with 1:35 remaining gave Tufts the win over the Polar Bears as well. The Jumbos have won their last two against the Polar Bears dating back to last season.
Meanwhile, No. 11 Trinity seems to have picked itself up just fine after a loss to undefeated UMass-Boston last Saturday. The Bantams earned the sweep in a two game ECAC West swing on the strength of a four point night from Elie Vered as they came back to down host Hobart 4-3. With the Bantams down 3-2 in the third period, Vered recorded both the tying and winning goals in a span of 2:56. The Statesmen outshot the Bantams 42-29 on the night in a losing effort.
Elsewhere in the Men's Top 15:
- No. 1 St. Norbert steamrolled Lawrence, 9-0.
- No. 2 Norwich dispatched Castleton State, 5-1. Anthony Flaherty had a hat trick for the Cadets.
- No. 3 Babson rattled off four unanswered goals to down UNE, 4-1. The Beavers are one of three ECAC East teams that are still unbeaten.
- No. 4 Plattsburgh trounced Cortland State, 7-1.
- No. 5 UW-Stevens Point completed a four point weekend with a 7-5 win over UW-Stout, in a game that featured five power play goals.
- No. 6 Oswego State got three point nights from three different players in a 7-1 win over Potsdam.
- No. 7 UMASS-Boston got two goals from Kit Sitterley in a 5-1 win over Southern Maine.
- No. 9 Adrian dropped Marian, 7-2.
- No. 12 UW-Eau Claire got 38 saves from Jay Deo in a 4-1 win over UW-Superior
- No. 13 St. Scholastica was served the upset special from Lake Forest tonight by a 3-1 final. The Foresters scored three unanswered goals, with two coming from Luke Swardenski.
- No. 14 Neumann got back in the win column with a 6-0 win over SUNY Canton.
- No. 15 St. John's defeated Augsburg, 4-2.
It wasn't pretty for anyone in Cardinal Country, but like all quality teams, No. 1 Plattsburgh continues to find ways to win.
Balisy had the game-winner as Plattsburgh survived a scare from
Photo: Dave Harwig for d3photography.com
Plattsburgh's Bridget Balisy broke a 1-1 tie in the third period, and a would-be 2-2 equalizer from Buffalo State's Jeyna Minnick in the final 10 seconds of the contest was called off due to a high stick as the Cardinals held on for a 2-1 win in Buffalo. Justine Silva made 36 saves to buy time for the Bengals. The Cardinals improve to 9-0-2, and the Bengals, who entered the weekend on a four game win streak, sit at 5-5-2 after winning three games all of last season.
Elsewhere in the Women's Top 10:
- No. 2 Elmira thumped Potsdam State, 7-1. Ashley Ryan hung up four points in the blowout win. The two teams play each other again Sunday.
- No. 4 Middlebury hung 46 shots on the board and cruised past Castleton State, 5-2. Emily Fluke had two points for the Panthers.
- No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus kept its undefeated 5-0-1 record in MIAC play intact with a 1-1 tie against St. Olaf.
- No. 6 Amherst skated to a 2-2 tie with Manhattanville.
- No. 7 Adrian got a hat trick from Kelsey Kusch to prevail in a 7-4 offensive shootout with St. Scholastica. Nina Waidacher had a hat trick on the power play for St. Scholastica.
- No. 8 UW-Stevens Point tied with UW-Eau Claire, 3-3.
- No. 9 UW-River Falls completed the sweep of No. 10 UW-Superior, 4-1.
Saturday: PrimeLink surprise and the Elmira women soar.
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As always, Thanksgiving weekend brings the PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut to the forefront of Men's Division III hockey, and this year proved no different in that regard. Where it did, however, is that for the first time in the tournament's history a West Region team advanced to the tournament final as on Saturday night Concordia-Moorhead squared off against fifth-ranked Norwich for this year's title.
Bancroft's second period goal helped lift Concordia-Moorhead to the
PrimeLink ShootOut title.
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As it turned out, not only did Concordia become the first West Region team to reach the PrimeLink final, but they also became the first to win the tournament as, after the two played to a 2-2(ot) draw, Concordia's John Grebovsky scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Cobbers to the win.
Norwich opened the title tilt strong and held a 2-0 lead after an Austin Surowiec goal 43 seconds into the second period. Concordia drew one closer at the 7:07 mark of the period when Jordie Bancroft notched his eighth of the season, and drew all square 4:20 into the third on a goal by Jordan Krebsbach.
Norwich, now 7-0-1 on the year, held a slight 28-26 shot edge on the night though it was Concordia (5-3-2) who emerged victorious. Cobbers goaltender Alex Reichle turned back 26 shots in the game and four in the shootout to score the PrimeLink win.
A day after being soundly defeated by Norwich, second-ranked Plattsburgh State rebounded to score a 4-2 win over Middlebury in the PrimeLink third place game.
The Cardinals led 3-0 after two periods on goals by Kevin Emmerling, Dillan Fox and Connor Gorman, and Michael Cassidy added another to push the lead to 4-0 with under ten minutes to play in the game. Middlebury added a pair of late power play tallies but it wasn't enough for the Panthers, who were outshot 39-23 on the afternoon. The win lifted Plattsburgh to 8-1-0 on the season while Middlebury fell to 1-3-2.
A week ago No. 3 Adrian traveled to No. 6 UW-Stevens Point and rode a strong power play to a 6-4 win over the host Pointers, but on Saturday night the tables turned as the Pointers made the long road trip and emerged with a 6-3 win over the home Bulldogs. The loss marked Adrian's (8-1-0) first of the season.
Stevens Point jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening ten minutes on goals by Kevin Gibson and Garrett Ladd, but Adrian cut the deficit to 2-1 with a late first period power play tally by Mathew Thompson. The Pointers claimed a 3-1 lead at the 19:31 mark of the second on an Alex Brooks goal, but Thompson registered his second of the night in the opening minute of the third period to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
Just 26 seconds later Joe Kalisz score to put Stevens Point back up two at 4-2, and the Pointers sandwiched two empty-netters around Thompson's hat trick completer in the closing minutes to ultimately prevail 6-3. Brandon Jaeger made 24 saves to get the win for Stevens Point (6-2-0), while Jimmy Hamby turned back 26 for Adrian.
Elsewhere in the Men's Top 15:
- For the second night in a row No. 1 St. Norbert made easy work of East Region foe Buffalo State as a five goal second period paved the way to an 8-0 home win for the Green Knights. Erik Cooper posted a pair of goals for the Green Knights (8-0-1) while Michael Hill added a goal and two assists.
- No. 5 Babson moved to a perfect 7-0-0 on the year as the Beavers scored a 5-2 non-conference win over Nazareth. Charlie Ackerman scored twice to pace Babson, while Mike Driscoll and Dan Casey both added a goal and an assist.
- No. 8 Trinity improved to 4-0-1 on the year as the Bantams cruised to a 9-1 win over visiting UMass Dartmouth. Anthony Sabitsky, Conor Coveney and Tyler Whitney all scored twice for the Bantams, who blew the game open with a five goal second period.
- Also remaining unbeaten on the year is 4-0-1 and tenth-ranked Bowdoin who scored a 6-1 win over Wentworth. Four goals in the opening 20 minutes paced the Polar Bears, who picked up a goal and an assist from both Daniel McMullan and John McGinnis.
- No. 11 UMass Boston stands a perfect 7-0-0 on the year after a convincing 6-2 win at Wesleyan. Michael Kuhn scored twice and Peter Macintyre registered four assists for the Beacons, who outshot the Cardinals 43-22.
- No. 12 UW-Eau Claire came out top of a 3-1 non-conference road decision at Augsburg. Ross Andersen potted a pair of markers for the Blugolds, who scored one goal in each period, and Tyler Green stopped 25 of 26 shots to score the win in goal.
- No. 14 Williams (4-0-1) stayed unbeated as the Ephs edged visiting Johnson and Wales, 4-3. The Ephs trailed 3-2 after the second period but outshot the Wildcats 16-4 and scored twice on the power play in the third period to secure the win. C.J. Shugart scored twice to lead Williams.
Much of the women's action today centered around the Cardinal/Panther classic, which featured the deepest field of any holiday tournament, men's or women's, with all teams ranked in the top 5. No. 2 Plattsburgh had a 4-1 lead at the beginning of the third period, but a three goal rally by No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus sent the tournament matchup to overtime, where the game would be counted as a 4-4 tie.
|Elmira's Arianna Smith opened
the scoring as the top-ranked Soaring Eagles upended No. 4
Photo: Elmira Athletics
Plattsburgh won the shootout to advance to Sunday's championship, where they'll face No. 1 Elmira in a clash between the country's top two ranked teams. The Plattsburgh top line of Bridget Balisy, Jordan Lipson, and Shannon Stewart combined for six total points, and Gustavus got two goals from Carolyn Draayer and a 38 save performance from Lindsay Hibbard. With the tie, both teams remained undefeated.
While the Cardinals couldn't shake their western opposition, Elmira made yet another statement to the nation that they're for real, as they raced out to a 3-0 lead against No. 4 Middlebury and coasted to the 4-1 win. Johanna Eidensten had two assists for the Soaring Eagles, who improve to 7-0. No. 7 Amherst(4-0) is the only other team in the nation with no losses or ties on their record.
Outside of the Cardinal-Panther classic. No other D3hockey
Women's Top 10 teams were in action tonight.
Tomorrow's Women's schedule features eight games and five ranked teams, and can be found here.
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