By Matt Noonan
Some news and notes from the Div. III hockey world.
Men’s Ice Hockey News and Notes:
* Norwich University’s men’s team returned to the top of the D3Hockey.com recent poll this past week. Is that a surprise? I don’t think so. However, their loss a few weeks ago to Babson College was certainly a shocker and certainly means they’re vulnerable.
* Speaking of Babson, they’re currently one of the top three teams in the ECAC East division. This weekend, they’ll square off against UMass Boston in back-to-back contests. Both teams are five points behind Norwich in the standings and could certainly use some additional tallies and wins.
* The Beacons of UMass Boston have been a great story this year. They’ve already matched their win total from a year ago with 13 victories. Peter MacIntyre picked up his third ECAC East Rookie of the Week award following his performance over the past week, which feature two goals and three assists in a 3-0-0 week for the Beacons.
* Bowdoin College remains the top squad in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference), but on their tail is Amherst College and Williams College. The Ephs, though, have a better conference record than the Lord Jeffs, and will attempt to pick up some important points this weekend when they skate against Connecicut College and Tufts University.
* Amherst’s defense will have to be at its best on Friday when they host Wesleyan University. The Cardinals offense is second in the conference with goals scored (61) and penalty kills. However, the Lord Jeffs scoring defense has been rather impressive this season, especially since they’ve only yielded a league-best 24 goals.
* The ECAC Northeast is certainly up for grabs. Five teams have eight points, but three teams (Nichols College, Wentworth and Western New England) have four conference wins. The Bison have the most overall wins with 11.
* In the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Athletic Conference) Plymouth State remains the top squad with 16 points. However, four teams are on their tail. Westfield State and UMass Dartmouth both have 13 points, while Fitchburg State and Salem State have 11 points.
* Worcester State had two players earn some conference honors this past week. Cody Brier was named the Men’s Ice Hockey Player of the Week, while Taylor Fant’s 34 saves in the Lancers win against Plymouth State earned him the Goalie of the Week award.
Women’s Ice Hockey Notes:
* In the NESCAC, Amherst’s ranks fourth in offensive production, as they’ve netted 39 strikes this season.
* Amherst’s Geneva Lloyd ranks fourth in points scoring; she’s recorded nine goals and eight assists this season. Other point scorers for the Lord Jeffs include Tori Salmon (three goals, 10 assists) and Megan Doyen (eight goals, four assists).
* Holy Cross hasn’t dropped a contest since 2013 began. The Crusaders are 4-0-1 in January and remain the fourth best team in the ECAC East. The Purple and White have 12 points thus far, as well as a 5-3-2 conference mark. This weekend, they’ll face Plymouth State and Southern Maine. Both opponents have struggled this season, so it’ll be important for Peter Van Buskirk’s squad to be at its best.
* UMass Boston will look to build off its 1-0-1 weekend by attempting to even their record with wins against Manhattanville College and Nichols College. Both games are at home.
* UMass Boston’s Courtney White netted her first two goals of the season last weekend and will look to build off her performance on Friday and Saturday.