NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College women's hockey team will host Williams College Saturday, February 25 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinal matchup at Dayton Arena.
The second seeded Camels (14-7-3, 10-5-1) will host the seventh seeded Ephs (10-12-2, 7-7-2) at 3:00 p.m. Under the direction of Head Coach Kristin Steele, the Camels have advanced to the conference semi-finals in three of the past four years. This marks the highest seed for the program that made its inaugural appearance in the Championship back in 2004.
The Camels have climbed to #10 in this week's United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) National Poll. They are the sixth ranked team in the East in the latest NCAA Regional Ranking. Last weekend, the Camels posted a 1-0-1 record in a two-game series against Hamilton. Friday night, the Camels skated to a scoreless draw with the continentals.
Katherine Chester (Mendham, N.J.) made 23 saves en route to her fifth shutout of the season. The Camels opened things up on the offensive end Saturday, scoring three times in the second period to come away with a 5-1 win. Connecticut College honored its seven seniors Saturday: Cassie Hunter (Gilford, N.H.), Ashley Anctil (Manchester, N.H.), Lauren Bishop (Wellesley, Mass.), Steph Izzi (Salley, S.C.), Julie Beattie (Livonia, Mich.), Michaela Igo (Sandwich, Mass.) and Chester.
Anctil potted the 27th goal of her career as a part of a three-goal eruption for the Camels in the second period that was capped by Izzi's 36th collegiate marker on the power play with 7:51 to go in the frame. Hunter posted her 20th assist and 30th career point while Beattie contributed with her 25th assist and 39th career point in the triumph. Chester made 21 saves on 22 shots in another terrific effort in the cage.
Chester has posted a 1.09 goals against average with a .954 save percentage to rank fourth in the country in both major statistical categories. She is 10th in the nation with her five shutouts. The Camels have been doing a nice job on their penalty kill and rank seventh nationally on the pk with a 90.8 efficiency.
Senior Julie Beattie has scored four goals and assisted on nine others to lead the squad with 13 points. Senior Steph Izzi, sophomore Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) have all contributed with 11 points. Izzi has netted a team-best eight goals with three helpers. Paiva has five goals and six assists while classmate Cross has registered four goals and seven assists.
Williams College (10-12-2, 7-7-2 NESCAC) will carry a four game losing streak into Saturday's contest. Senior forward Sara Lehman (Lexington, Mass.) has potted a team-best 13 goals with six assists to lead the Ephs with 19 points this winter. Classmate Chelsea Stevenson (Tilbury, Ont.) has contributed 14 points for Williams with seven goals and seven assists.
Rookie net-minder Marissa Anderson (East Falmouth, Mass.) has posted a 2.51 goals against average with a .910 save percentage and has compiled two shutouts in 15 starts for the Ephs. Junior Christina Cleroux (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia) has registered a 1.99 goals against average with a .929 save percentage in nine starts for Williams. The Camels out-scored Williams 7-1 to sweep the Ephs here in a two-game series played here in New London January 20-21.
Tracking the Camels-Recent History in the NESCAC Championship
In 2013, the fifth seeded Camels ousted #4 Trinity College, 1-0, in a quarterfinal matchup played in Hartford, Conn. Kelsie Fralick '15 (West Chester, Pa.) stopped 32 Bantams shots and Sam Schoeneberger '13 (Vernon, Conn.) scored the game-winner with 4:46 remaining to lift the Camels to what was their record-setting 14th win of the season.
In the 2014 NESCAC Quarterfinal Round, the eighth seeded Camels stunned top seeded and fourth ranked Middlebury in overtime, 2-1, to reach the NESCAC Semifinals for the second consecutive year. Fralick turned aside 39 of 40 Panther shots and Justina Germano '15 (Westwood, Mass.) supplied the game-winning marker in overtime for the Camels.
Last year, the Camels made history, posting their first home post-season victory. The third seeded Camels ousted the sixth seeded Continentals from Hamilton in a 3-0 blanking. Steph Izzi scored twice and classmate Katherine Chester made 23 saves, tying a school record with her sixth shutout of the year. Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) chipped in with a goal and an assist for the winning side. Jordan Cross dished out three assists in the triumph.
Like all other athletic events at Connecticut College, admission to Saturday's game is free.
Tracking the Camels Online
If you can't make it to the Whaling City, Camelathletics.com will have you covered with all of the play by play. Ethan Ufland, the voice of the Camels, will provide all of the action at the following link.
2017 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship
Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 25 (at Higher Seeds)
No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Middlebury – 2 p.m
No. 7 Williams at No. 2 Connecticut College – 3 p.m.
No. 6 Bowdoin at No. 3 Hamilton – 4 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Trinity – 4:30 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, March 4 (at Highest Remaining Seed)
1:00 p.m. | 4:00 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Championship – Sunday, March 5 (Same Site as Semifinals)