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Women’s Ice Hockey Aims to Capture First NESCAC Crown Beginning on Saturday

Women’s Ice Hockey Aims to Capture First NESCAC Crown Beginning on Saturday

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Connecticut College will be among eight schools competing in the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship Tournament beginning this weekend.

The Camels will look to capture their first league title in program history as the second seed and will first host seventh-seeded Colby on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1:00 p.m. for the right to advance to the semifinal round at the site of the highest remaining seed the following weekend. The winner of the NESCAC championship match on Sunday, March 4 will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Connecticut College (14-5-5, NESCAC 9-3-4), which swept a weekend series against the Mules in Waterville earlier this season, has relied on a unique blend of veterans and youth as well as its depth to find success. Junior assistant captain Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.), senior captain Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) and freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) have all netted nine goals apiece to pace a balanced attack, while Gualtieri has added a team-leading 11 assists for a squad which regularly plays with four lines.

Junior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) has emerged as one of the conference's top goalies. She boasts a .933 save percentage, ranks second in the league with a 1.44 goals against average and leads all NESCAC goalies with 13 wins this season. Sophomore Ashley Carbone (Wallingford, Conn.) has added five assists from the blue line, and junior linemate Olivia Good (Woodbury, Conn.) has a team-leading rating of +14 and has factored into three goals. The Camels have also blanked eight opponents this winter.

Colby (8-12-4, NESCAC 2-10-4), which fell to the Camels by scores of 5-2 and 2-0 earlier this month, is a young team which enters the tournament with a little bit of momentum. The Mules ended a four-game slide by most recently notching a 2-1 win over a strong Endicott program. Freshman Anna Cosentino leads the offense with 13 points on six goals and seven assists, and classmate Cierra San Roman ended the regular season with a .929 save percentage to go along with a 2.28 goals against average. Colby's top two scorers and goalies are all freshmen.

Anyone who is unable to make any of the trips can look at the tournament schedule below for following the quarterfinal matches online.

 

Matchup

Location

Time

Links

#1 Middlebury vs. #8 Wesleyan

Middlebury, Vt.

1:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#2 Conn. College vs. #7 Colby

New London, Conn.

1:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#3 Amherst vs. #6 Williams

Amherst, Mass.

1:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#4 Hamilton vs. #5 Bowdoin

Clinton, N.Y.

1:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video