The NCAA recently released its first set of regional rankings this week for both men and women. Below are the local squads that earned spots as of Tuesday, February 18.
Men’s Ice Hockey:
* Babson College, Williams College and UMass Boston each earned spots on the East Region ranking. The Beavers check in as the fourth best team in the region with an overall mark of 19-4-2. Babson will be spotted on the ice this weekend when they host Southern Maine on Saturday, February 22 in the opening round of the ECAC East tournament.
* Williams, which was ranked sixth, is 13-6-3 overall and 9-4-3 in NESCAC play. The Ephs are currently in third place in the conference, two spots behind Trinity (Conn.) and one spot below archival Amherst College. Williams and Amherst will face-off on Sunday, February 23 at 3 p.m. in Williamstown. However, before the rivals meet, the Ephs will host Hamilton on Saturday at 7 p.m.
* Finally, UMass Boston earned the eighth and final spot in the ranking with an overall mark of 16-5-4. The Beacons will begin ECAC East tournament play tomorrow afternoon when they host University of New England at 3 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center.
Women’s Ice Hockey:
* Amherst was the lone squad from the Bay State, which earned a spot, as the Lord Jeffs checked in as the fifth best team. Amherst is currently second in the NESCAC with an overall mark of 12-5-5 and 8-2-4 conference record. They’ll be facing-off against Bowdoin College this evening (Feb. 21) and tomorrow afternoon. The Polar Bears are currently tied for fourth in the conference with Trinity (Conn.) and Wesleyan.