By Matt Noonan
We’ve reached the halfway point of the Division 3 college hockey season.
So, let’s recap the past few weeks and get to know some of the current squads that lead their respective conferences.
ECAC East Men’s: The Cadets of Norwich continue to lead in the standings, according to points (13); however, Babson’s 9-2-0 overall mark is the best in the ECAC East. The Beavers commenced their current season with eight straight victories before falling to Williams, 3-2.
Nik Tasiopoulos, who is a senior forward for the Beavers, currently leads the Green and White with ten points. He’s registered six goals and four assists, while Michael Phillips ranks second with nine points (four goals, five assists).
Two spots below the Beavers sit UMass Boston, a squad that ended its first half on a five-game winning streak. The Beacons, who’re 7-1-2, managed to outscore their last two opponents, 12-4. Peter MacIntyre leads the Blue and White with 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists), while Travis Daniel ranks second in points with 15 (four goals, 11 assists).
ECAC East Women’s: Similar to the men’s conference, Norwich remains the top squad, but keep an eye on Nichols and UMass Boston.
The Bison entered their holiday break 2-6-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the conference. They ended the first half winning two of four contests, which included a 4-3 win over Manhattanville and a 3-0 victory against Plymouth State. Against Manhattanville, Grace Murphy sealed the win with a power play strike. Murphy currently leads the unit in points (6) and goals (4).
As for the Beacons, their first half concluded with back-to-back wins against Colby and Southern Maine. Jenny Currie, Samantha Fallon and Alyssa Sullivan each lit the lamp in UMass Boston’s 3-0 win over Southern Maine, their last contest before break.
ECAC Northeast Men’s: For the second straight year, Nichols remains one of the top squads in the conference. Second year coach Kevin Swallow, a former Maine Blackbear, has guided the Bison to a 7-1-2 overall mark. In the team’s last outing, the Bison topped Franklin Pierce, 9-1. Dylan Woodring picked up his first win between the pipes as he turned away 19 of 20 shots.
Salve Regina remains the top squad in the conference, while Johnson and Wales owns the best overall mark of 9-3-0.
MASCAC Men’s: Framingham State football’s team may have provided some motivation for their men’s ice hockey team, which currently resides atop the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 6-3-1 overall mark. They concluded the first half of their schedule with three straight victories. In their last outing, which was against Assumption, Melvin Nichols and Ryan McDonald each netted a goal, while Alessio Muggli picked up his first win in net.
Salem State and Westfield State remain one point behind Framingham State in the standings. Both units have won four of six conference tilts. And similar to the Rams, the Vikings concluded the first half of their schedule with three consecutive wins.
NESCAC Men’s: Amherst and Williams entered their winter breaks as the top two squads in their conference. Craig Kitto leads the Ephs with 10 points (five goals, five assists), while George Hunkele is second on the team with 6 points (three goals, three assists). Williams hasn’t lost a game this season, as they’ve won five contests and tied two. Both of their ties, which were against Colby and Hamilton, were identical scores: 1-1.
NESCAC Women’s: Amherst entered their break as the second best team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. They’ve recorded seven points, three conference wins and one non-conferee victory. The Lord Jeffs commenced their season with three straight wins, including a weekend sweep over Hamilton before earning ties with Plattsburgh State and Wesleyan.
When the Purple and White return to action, they’ll face Holy Cross and Cortland State before returning to conference play against Colby.