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The sixth week of the 2018-19 Northeast (New England/New York) D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our sixth poll of the season.
Our poll – similar to our New England D3 Football Top 10 from earlier this season – is now powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are using FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performances metrics during speed, agility and plyometric drills. Additionally, Zelos Athletics provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength and conditioning training, too.
Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Dec. 3rd, 2018)
1. Plattsburgh State
8-1, 6-0 NEWHL
2. Norwich University
7-2, 7-0 NECH
3. Elmira College
5-1-1, 4-0 UCHC
4. Middlebury College
3-1-2, 3-0-1 NESCAC
5. Conn. College
3-1-2, 1-1-2 NESCAC
6. Utica College
9-1, 6-0 UCHC
7-0-1, 5-0-1 UCHC
8. Oswego State
5-2-1, 3-2-1 NEWHL
9. Williams College
4-2, 2-2 NESCAC
10. Hamilton College
4-2, 3-1 NESCAC
On the Rise: Amherst College (2-2-1), Endicott College (4-2-2), Nazareth (10-0), University of New England (9-1-1) and Wesleyan University (3-2)
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Its time to drop the puck on a brand new season of New England Division III hockey with plenty of notable matchups on the docket, which you certainly won’t want to miss.
From introductions to new coaches to a championship rematches and more, there is no shortage of excitement surrounding the opening weekend of the 2018-19 season.
Every week, we will be highlighting 10 New England Division III games to watch (five men and five women’s contests), while providing links to their respective video streams or live stats. Additionally, we will be dishing out predictions for each contest we highlight, as well.
MEN’S GAMES (HOME TEAM IN CAPS) |*neutral site
CURRY COLLEGE over Nazareth* (October 26 at 3:30 P.M.): The Colonels earned its highest win-total in eight seasons last year and will try to build on that in its opening round action of the Buffalo State Tournament.
No. 13 Norwich over ENDICOTT (October 27 at 4:00 P.M.): The Gulls are winless in their last five games against nationally-ranked opponents, so let’s see if that streak concludes on Saturday. The Cadets come in with extra motivation as it looks to start the post-Mike McShane era off with a bang.
SAINT ANSLEM over Babson (October 27 at 4:00 P.M.): Saint Anselm returns seven of their top-ten scorers from last season, while Babson’s roster features a slew of underclassmen. Growing pains could be expected for these Beavers in the first few weeks.
Fitchburg State over NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE (October 27 at 7:00 P.M.): The Falcons and Pilgrims open against each other for the sixth consecutive season. The two have traded wins in the last three meetings, but the Falcons should break the trend this time around.
CASTLETON over Morrisville State (October 26 at 4:00 P.M.): Castleton coach Mike Venezia seeks his first career win against Morrisville State after spending time as an assistant from 2015-17 with the Mustangs.
NICHOLS over Suffolk (October 26 at 6:40 P.M.): Women’s hockey officially begins at Suffolk University this winter as the Rams (21 underclassmen) matchup against a senior-laden Nichols team. Advantage goes to the Bison in this home-and-home weekend series.
UMASS BOSTON over Stevenson (October 26 at 7:00 P.M.): The already established talent of UMass Boston shines through in this one as interim head coach Dom Lozzi goes for her first career victory on the bench.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND over Southern Maine (October 26 at 7:00 P.M.): The Huskies hold a 14-13 lead in scoring in their last nine contests, but the Nor’easters have the advantage in this one by skating at home.
Two local squads will be competing for a spot in the NCAA Division III semifinals today as Tufts University will face-off against RIT for the third straight year at 4:30 p.m., while Western New England battles SUNY Cortland at 6 p.m.
The Jumbos earned a spot in the tournament’s quarterfinals after defeating Norwich University in the first round and Stevens Institute in the second round, while the Golden Bears extended their season with wins against Eastern Connecticut State and Nazareth.
* The winner of today’s matches will meet on Sunday, May 19 for a chance to earn a spot in the championship, which will be played on Sunday, May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the home of the Eagles.
* With a win against RIT, Tufts would advance to their fourth straight semifinal. The Jumbos are 12-4 overall in the tournament, and won the 2010 championship. They were the national runner-up in 2011 and earned a spot in the semis last year.
* Tufts defeated RIT last season in the quarterfinal round, 15-13.
* After defeating Nazareth in the second round last weekend, Western New England improves to 7-5 overall in the tournament. The Golden Bears have appeared in six tournaments since 2002.