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Mass. College Hockey: Amherst Women’s Hockey Remains No. 1In ‘Noontime Top 5’ Poll (Week 2)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the second straight week, the Amherst College women’s ice hockey team remained in the top spot of the Noontime Sports Top 5 Women’s NCAA Division III Ice Hockey poll, which began last weekend.

The Jeffs, which sat idle during the opening week, kickoff their campaign on Friday, November 20 with a weekend series at Connecticut College.

Williams College and Holy Cross remained second and third, respectively, while Endicott College jumped up to fourth and UMass Boston dipped to fifth.

Noontime Top 5 (Week 2 Poll)

1. Amherst College (0-0): The Lord Jeffs occupied the top spot for the second week despite not starting their season until the middle of the month. Once the Jeffs begin play, they’ll be contending for their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown since the 2009-10 season. Amherst also captured the NCAA Division III National Championship that same school year, defeating Norwich University, 7-2.

2. Williams College (0-0): Similar to Amherst, the Ephs sat idle last weekend/this week, but kick-off their 2015-16 season on Friday, Nov. 20 when they host Hamilton College for a two-day/weekend series.

3. Holy Cross (2-0): The Crusader claimed a pair of wins this past weekend, defeating Sacred Heart in a home-and-home series, including a 5-3 opening night win on the road. Holy Cross host a pair of contests this weekend, beginning with a Saturday afternoon tilt against Manhattanville College. Freshman Julie Matthias was tabbed New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Rookie of the Week after potting a pair of goals – one in each contest.

4. Endicott College (2-0): The Gulls commenced their first season of varsity hockey with back-to-back wins last weekend, defeating Plymouth State and Nichols College in the Puck Drop Classic. This weekend, Endicott will host its first-ever contest on Saturday, November 7 against Johnson & Wales (R.I.) at 4:00 p.m. Prior to their home contest against the Wildcats, Endicott will travel to Rhode Island for a Friday contest against Johnson & Wales. Freshman Lexi Klein leads the Gulls with three points on two goals and one assist. Klein was tabbed the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) Rookie of the Week, while classmate Vendela Jonsson earned Goalie of the Week honors.

5. UMass Boston (0-2): The Beacons will look to bounce back from a pair of 4-2 setbacks last weekend when they host New England College on Friday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. UMass Boston received three points from last weekend’s setbacks to William Smith from sophomore Jane Morrisette on two goals and one assist.

Mass. College Hockey: Amherst Women’s Hockey Tops ‘Noontime Top 5’ Week 1

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Amherst College women’s ice hockey team highlights our Week One ‘Top-5’ Women’s Hockey poll as the NCAA Division III 2015-16 season commences this week.

The Jeffs concluded their season in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semis, falling to Trinity College (Conn.), which advanced to the NCAA Tournament following their conference championship victory against Middlebury College.

PROGRAM NOTE: As noted in our men’s ice hockey top-5 poll (week one) earlier today, we encourage all fans to send us their top-5 picks every Monday on Twitter: @NoontimeSports

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1. Amherst College: The Jeffs concluded their 2014-15 season by finishing second in the NESCAC with 17 overall wins, including 13 conference victories. Trinity managed to outlast the Jeffs down the stretch, defeating them in two of three meetings, while the initial contest concluded in a one-goal tie. Amherst will rely on sophomore Brenna Sullivan this winter after she posted 11 goals and six assists in 23 games. Classmate Alex Toupal will also be a key player on offense after she finished her first-season with eight goals and 10 assists. Amherst returns a trio of goaltender, including sophomore Sabrina Dobbins, who ranked first in the NESCAC in goals allowed (14) and goals against average (1.33). Amherst kicks-off its 2015-16 campaign on Friday, November 20 when they travel to Connecticut College for a 7:00 p.m. start.

2. Williams College: The Ephs posted just one victory in the month of February, defeating Connecticut College, 1-0, on the road, while dropping a quartet of games down the stretch, including a pair to Middlebury. Williams will certainly be on the rebound this season, kicking-off their campaign on Friday, November 20 when they host Hamilton College at 7:00 p.m. Juniors Hanna Beattie and Sara Lehman will be counted on to guide the Ephs’ offense after the pair paced the squad with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Additionally, junior Emily Krueger returns after scoring five goals and setting-up six markers. Sophomore Christina Cleroux should be spotted between the pipes after competing in 16 games last winter.

3. Holy Cross: It was an exciting season for the Crusaders, which captured their fifth ECAC Open Title with a 4-1 victory over Franklin Pierce at the end of February. It was the program’s first championship since claiming the crown at the conclusion of the 2011 season. This season, the Crusaders will be without Mary Klimasewiski and Nicole Giannino – two graduating losses – but do return sophomore Kara Violette, who paced Holy Cross with 31 points on 14 goals and 17 assists. Expect sophomore Siobhan Burke to be the team’s top goaltender, however, keep an eye on freshman Alex Barnes. Holy Cross begins its season on Friday, October 30 with a 7:05 p.m. contest against Sacred Heart.

4. UMass Boston: First-year head coach Lindsay Berman will look to lead the Beacons to a pair of weekend victories against William-Smith, beginning with a 7:30 p.m. matchup on Friday, October 30. Berman is no stranger to UMass Boston women’s ice hockey, joining the program as an assistant prior to the start of the 2011-12 season, so her experience will certainly help, especially with strengthening a defense that returns a trio of players from last winter’s squad. Senior Samantha Fallon should be the leader of the offense following her 14 point (eight goals, six assists) effort last season. Additionally, keep an eye on sophomore Jane Morrisette to light the lamp on offense after tallying five goals and nine assists in her first season with the program. UMass Boston has a trio of goaltenders, so expect all three to record minutes between the pipes this season.

5. Endicott College: Andy McPhee and the Gulls commence their initial season of varsity hockey on Friday, October 30 when they take on Plymouth State University in the Puck Drop Classic. Endicott will host its first-ever varsity game the following Saturday, November 7 against Johnson & Wales (R.I.) at 4:00 p.m. The Gulls schedule features some impressive contests against Trinity, Becker College and Salem State University – both programs are first-year varsity teams – and UMass Boston at the annual Codfish Bowl on January 2 and 3.

Mass. College Hockey: No. 4 Harvard Claims 14th Beanpot Championship

By Matt Noonan 

Fourth ranked Harvard University rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the second period to defeat Boston College – number on in the latest NCAA NC Women’s Hockey RPI poll – by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday evening in the 2015 Boston Beanpot Championship.

With the win, Harvard claims its 14th Beanpot crown and improves to 16-8 all-time against the Eagles in tournament play.

Karly Heffernan and Miye D’Oench each lit the lamp at 9:39 and 11:54, respectively, during the second period, which helped the Crimson claim their only lead of the contest.

The Eagles and Crimson swapped goals throughout the opening period before Boston College pushed ahead with a Haley Skarupa goal – her 25th of the season – at 8:18 in the second period. Harvard countered with Heffernan – her sixth goal of the season – before D’Oench deposited her 14th marker of the season.

Harvard’s goalie, Emerance Maschmeyer, turned away 30 of 32 shots and was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Katie Burt – the Eagles’ netminder – deflected 14 of 17 shots in a span of 59:33.

The Crimson’s last Beanpot victory occurred during the 2010 campaign when Harvard edged Northeastern University, 1-0.

Boston University defeated Northeastern in the consolation match, 3-1. BU’s Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice, while Hayley Masters netted the Huskies’ lone goal in the second period.

Stonehill College’s Chris Tasiopoulos recorded a career-high 48 saves against Saint Anselm as the Skyhawks and Hawks skated to a 1-1 tie. Garrett White netted his 10th goal of the season, which was set up by Kevin Aufiero and Scott Rolph.

Saint Anselm tied the game with a Sean Jenkins goal at 18:10 in the third period, but neither team was able to locate the back of the net during the extra stanza.

Jay Dalton recorded one goal and one assist as the Westfield State Owls defeated Worcester State, 3-2. Dalton netted the go-ahead goal at 17:27 in the third, which secured the win for the visitors.

Alex Dewitz and Andrew Bates each netted one goal for the Lancers, while goaltender Tyler Fallica turned away 21 of 24 shots.

Perry McCarthy and Eliza Noyes each scored one goal in Williams’ 2-2 tie with Sacred Heart. Charlie Billadeau stopped 17 of 19 shots in 65 minutes for the Ephs.

Emma Griese recorded two goals and one helper as the seventh-ranked Amherst College women’s hockey team cruised past Salve Regina, 6-0.

Noonan: It Should Be An Exciting Final Few Weeks Of D3 Hockey

By Matt Noonan 

A few intriguing questions and thoughts facing a few Division III hockey teams – both men and women – heading into the final few weeks of regular season.

* Let’s begin in the ECAC Northeast Conference where Suffolk University is currently in first place. The Rams, who ended the month of December on a three-game winning streak, have won three contests in January, but have also dropped three non-conference tilts to Stonehill College (4-2), Tufts University (7-4) and New England College (7-0). Yet, the Rams rebounded with back-to-back victories against Franklin Pierce (4-1) and Assumption College (6-5).

Suffolk returns to the ice this weekend for an important conference clash against Johnson and Wales – a team that is currently two spots below the Rams – on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Walter Brown Arena. The Wildcats fell to the Rams earlier this season, 2-1, but have won five of their last six contests.

* In the ECAC East Conference – men’s ice hockey – Norwich University currently sits atop the standings with a perfect record (12-0-0) in league play. Below is UMass Boston (10-2 in conference play) and Babson College (9-2-1). The Beacons and Beavers split their weekend series, but could meet again in their conference tournament’s quarterfinals, semifinals or finals.

UMass Boston has recently won five of their last six contests, including a 4-3 win on Saturday against the Beavers, which featured an overtime goal by Colin Larkin – his first collegiate game-winning strike. The Beacons are on the road this weekend, competing against Skidmore on Friday (7:00 p.m. start) and Castleton State on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).

* In the MASCAC, Westfield State and UMass Dartmouth are currently looking up at Plymouth State, which owns the top spot with a 7-2-1 conference record. The Panthers are coming off a 3-2 win over Worcester State on Sunday, which snapped their two-game skid against Fitchburg State and UMass Dartmouth.

Plymouth State, Westfield State and UMass Dartmouth may appear to be the favorites in the MASCAC, but don’t count out Fitchburg State and Salem State, two teams that have captured eight conference games, respectively.

* Let’s return to the ECAC East Conference – the women’s ice hockey conference – and put the spotlight on Holy Cross, which has won seven of nine conference games, and is 11-5-1 overall. The Crusaders, who commenced their season with four consecutive wins, have won two of their last three matchups, including a 5-0 win over New England College and 5-1 victory against Southern Maine.

Holy Cross recently skated against Amherst College – currently sixth in the latest D3Hockey.com Poll – but lost to the Jeffs, 3-1. The Crusaders, who fired eight shots in the opening period, held the Jeffs to just five shots, but none of those attempts landed in the net. Amherst eventually got on the board, scoring three goals during the final 40 minutes, while allowing the Crusaders to capitalize on the power play (Holy Cross finished the game 1-for-1 with an extra skater).

The game against Amherst proves that the Crusaders will be a tough challenge for their remaining opponents, including Norwich, which travels to Worcester on Saturday, February 21 for a 2:05 p.m. contest.

* Finally, let’s take a look at the NESCAC, starting with the men’s division. For the second straight season, Trinity (Conn.) is on a roll. They’ve won 10 straight contests and currently ranked third in the D3Hockey.com poll. Amherst is ranked 12th, Williams 14th, and Middlebury is receiving votes. If Amherst or Williams wants to advance to the NCAA Tournament, it will most likely entail defeating the Bantams.

Amherst and Trinity face-off on Friday, January 30 – the game will take place in Amherst. A win for the Lord Jeffs would provide them with momentum going forward. As for Williams, they travel to Connecticut College on Friday and Tufts University on Saturday.

In the women’s division, Amherst remains a spot below Middlebury, which has won seven of 10 conference tilts. The Jeffs, who are 6-0-2 in conference play, recently tied the Panthers in back-to-back contests by scores of 2-2 and 1-1. This weekend, the Jeffs will host Connecticut College in back-to-back home contests.

Mass. College Lax: Amherst Looks To Capture First Crown Since 2003

By Matt Noonan 

Amherst College’s women’s lacrosse team will look to capture its first national title this weekend since defeating NESCAC foe Middlebury, 11-9, in 2003 at St. John Fisher.

In order for the Jeffs to reach the championship on Sunday, they’ll have to defeat Salisbury, who captured their second Division III crown last season with a 12-5 win over Trinity (Conn.).

Tomorrow’s semifinal matchup, which will take place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, will be the fourth meeting between the Jeffs and Sea Gulls, according to the Salisbury website/game preview. Their last meeting occurred in 2007 with Salisbury claiming an 11-4 win.

“Postseason – it’s about execution (and) it’s about decreasing your unforced errors and it’s about just playing smart,” Amherst head coach Chris Paradis said in an interview following the Jeffs’ 8-5 win over TCNJ last weekend. “I think we’re doing that.

“We’ve been talking about (how) every game is going to get more challenging from here on in, so you’ve got to increase your ability to read a situation and make sure you’re making the right decision before you have the ball leave your stick.”

The Jeffs, who commenced their current campaign winning 14 straight contests, have won 19 games this season, a program-record (their most wins in program history was 18, which was set by the national championship unit from 2003). Amherst punched its ticket to the NCAA Division III semifinals by defeating TCNJ in the quarterfinals, York in third round and Bridgewater State in the second round. The Jeffs earned a first-round bye, as well as an automatic bid to the playoffs.

According to the weekend preview, which can be accessed on the team’s athletic page, Amherst has participated in the NCAA Tournament 11 times, including this season. They’re 22-9 in postseason play and making their first trip to the semifinal round since 2004.

Rachel Passarelli leads the Purple and White in points (52) on 41 goals and 11 assists, while Krista Zsitvay, who’s registered 51 points in 20 contests, ranks first in goals (43). Against TCNJ, Zsitvay led all scorers with four markers. She recorded three points against York and Bridgewater State, netting two tallies and assisting on one strike in both contests.

Amherst has outscored their opponents this postseason, 40-12, and averaging 13 goals per game. They’ve also outshot their foes, 71-39. Goaltender Christy Forrest has turned away 20 shots, including 11 against York.

Excluding their point leaders, the Jeffs will lean on their senior class this weekend, according to Paradis, who commended each player for their effort this season, both on and off the field.

“I think they’ve set the tone all year,” said Paradis. “They’ve held each other accountable, they’ve set the bar high in terms of their leadership of vocally and how they carry themselves, and they’ve just all been just phenomenal – phenomenal leaders just right down the line, all five of them.”

The Amherst senior class is made up of Zsitvay, Alex Philie, Annelies O’Dea, Caroline Holliday and Elizabeth Ludlow.

Salisbury, which is ranked second in the nation, is making its seventh appearance in the semifinals in the last eight seasons. They’ve won championships in 2010 and 2013, but came up short in 2012 against the Bantams. The Sea Gulls concluded their regular season slate undefeated for the 12th consecutive year, and earned postseason wins against Farmingdale State, Augustana (Ill.) and Franklin & Marshall.

The winner advances to Sunday’s championship against SUNY Cortland or Trinity at 2:30 p.m. The Bantams and Red Dragons will meet in the first semifinal contest, which is scheduled for 1 p.m.

“I think all along this season we knew we had something special,” said Paradis. “We knew it was within our grasp (of reaching the semifinals). The challenge was to stay focused; one game at a time and this team has managed to do that. They’ve played with a lot of heart and a lot of determination.

“It’s a dream, but at the same time I think we knew it was also definitely that was something realistic for us.”

Quick Note: Quotes for this post were courtesy of the Amherst College Athletic Department’s YouTube Channel (AmherstSports). The video was ‘Amherst vs. TCNJ.’

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