Women’s Ice Hockey Continues Quest for First NESCAC Crown at Middlebury This Weekend

Women’s Ice Hockey Continues Quest for First NESCAC Crown at Middlebury This Weekend

NEW LONDON, Conn. – After earning a convincing 3-1 win over Colby in a quarterfinal matchup on Feb. 24, Connecticut College will be among four schools competing in the remaining rounds of the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship Tournament this weekend at Middlebury College.

The Camels, who are seeded second, will match up against third-seeded Amherst for the third straight season in a semifinal matchup on Saturday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m. The winner will advance to play top-seeded Middlebury or fifth-seeded Bowdoin in the championship game on Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. with an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament on the line.

Connecticut College (15-5-5, NESCAC 9-3-4), which swept a weekend series with Amherst in November at Dayton Arena, has relied on a unique blend of veterans and youth as well as its depth to find success. Junior Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.), who made the All-NESCAC Second Team earlier this week, leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points. She also found the back of the net twice in the quarterfinal win over Colby. Freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) and senior Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) have registered 10 and nine goals, respectively, for a squad which regularly plays four lines deep.

Defensively, 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 1.42 goals against average and leads all NESCAC goalies with 14 wins this season. Sophomore Ashley Carbone (Wallingford, Conn.) has added eight assists from the blue line and headlines a defense which has blanked eight opponents and allowed one goal or less 14 times this season.

Amherst (15-6-4, NESCAC 9-4-3), which fell to the Camels by scores of 3-2 and 2-0 earlier this season, advanced to this weekend's semifinals by earning a 5-2 victory over archrival Williams in the quarterfinals. Senior Alex Toupal leads all NESCAC players in scoring with 39 points on 17 goals and 22 assists, while Jocelyn Hunyadi has also been a top threat with six goals and 18 helpers to her credit so far this winter. Goalie Bailey Plaman has notched a .951 save percentage to go along with a 1.51 goals against average to date this season for the Mammoths, who have advanced to the championship game the past two years.

Anyone who is unable to make it to Middlebury this weekend can look at the tournament schedule below for following the matches online.

Matchup

Date

Time

Links

#1 Middlebury vs. #5 Bowdoin

Saturday, March 3

1:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#2 Conn. College vs. #3 Amherst

Saturday, March 3

4:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

Winners

Sunday, March 4

2:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video