New England College Lacrosse: Hartford, Vermont To Meet In America East Conference Tournament Final

Hartford and Vermont will contend for the America East Conference Tournament crown on Saturday morning in Albany, New York. (Photo Credit: AmericaEast.com)

Hartford and Vermont will contend for the America East Conference Tournament crown on Saturday morning in Albany, New York. (Photo Credit: AmericaEast.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Saturday’s America East Conference men’s lacrosse championship will have a New England feel to it as the University of Hartford will take on University of Vermont in Albany, New York with face-off set for 10 a.m.

The Catamounts overcame a two-goal deficit at the break to defeat Stony Brook, while Justin Huggins netted the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Hawks past the Great Danes. Huggins concluded the contest with a career-high five goals.

Tomorrow’s championship will be Hartford’s most recent appearance in the conference final – the Hawks captured the AE crown in 2011 when they defeated Stony Brook, 11-10.

Vermont’s win over Stony Brook was their first in program history, while the victory provided the unit with their initial conference tournament victory. Saturday’s final will be the Catamounts first appearance, too.

Mass. College Hockey: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 14 -16)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another weekend quickly approaching, it is time to unveil our five games to watch this weekend. As always, make sure to circle back for updates. You can also follow along with in-game updates on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog), too.

Men’s Ice Hockey

No. 1 Boston College @ No. 14 Vermont (Friday, Feb. 14 / Saturday, Feb. 15) – The Eagles will look to continue their winning ways when they travel to Vermont for a weekend series.

BC is coming off their fifth-straight Boston Beanpot title as they defeated Northeastern, 4-1. Johnny Gaudreau, who netted one goal during his team’s win against the Huskies, is averaging 2.00 points per game. He currently leads all Division 1 skaters with 25 goals and 33 assists for 58 points.

Army vs. Bentley (Friday, Feb. 14 @ Army/ Saturday, Feb. 15 @ Bentley) – With three weeks of Atlantic Hockey remaining, the Falcons will look to keep pace Mercyhurst, the top squad in the conference.

The Falcons returned to the win column after dropping back-to-back tilts to the Lakers and UConn by finishing last weekend’s series with a 4-1 win over the Huskies. Jared Rickord, Justin Breton and Brett Switzer each netted one goal in the opening frame to provide Bentley with the lead for good.

Army and Bentley have met once this season with the Falcons claiming a 5-2 victory in West Point, New York. Similar to their last contest against UConn, Bentley used a 2-0 lead to secure their second victory of the season against the Black Knights.

Army will look to snap an 11-game skid, while the Falcons will attempt to end the weekend with back-to-back victories.

According to the weekend preview, Bentley needs just one more point to clinch a top-eight spot and a home series for the first round of their conference’s tournament.

No. 3 Babson @ No. 9 Norwich (Friday, Feb. 14) – Since falling to the Cadets at Frozen Fenway, the Beavers have won eight of nine contests. Their non-win was a 3-3 tie against Castleton State.

Babson is currently the top squad in the ECAC East with a 19-3-1 overall mark and leads Norwich by three points. The Beavers, who’ll travel to St. Michael’s tomorrow, needs to win one of their final two contests to secure their first conference regular-season crown since the 1989-90 season. Babson, though, has secured the right to host a quarterfinal and semifinal matchup.

Mike Driscoll currently leads the Green and White in points (23) and goals (11), while Nik Tasiopoulos is second in goals (10).

Women’s Ice Hockey

Boston University vs. Providence College (Saturday, Feb. 15 @ BU/ Sunday, Feb. 16 @ Providence) – The Terriers will look to bounce back following their two Beanpot losses with a weekend series against Providence, a squad that defeated BU earlier this season.

BU’s Sarah Lefort ranks first in Hockey East in point scoring (47), goal scoring (27) and assist scoring (20). Lefort’s teammate, Louise Warren, is second in point scoring (37) and goal scoring (22).

Trinity (Conn.) @ No. 7 Amherst (Friday, Feb. 14/ Saturday, Feb. 15) – With two more weekends remaining, the Lord Jeffs will look to earn a weekend sweep, along with some points, too. Amherst is currently third in the conference, one point behind rival Williams, which has 18 points.

Since the calendar turned, the Lord Jeffs are 2-0-1. They finished a weekend series with Connecticut College two weeks ago by defeat the Camels, 3-0, before earning a win and tie against the Ephs last weekend. Anne Gillard and Eileen Harris each potted one goal during their team’s last outing, while Yuna Evans deflected 26-of-28 saves.

Trinity enters the weekend series third in the NESCAC in scoring offense; they’re averaging 3.00 goals per game, while Amherst is four with 2.90. The Lord Jeffs scoring defense (1.70 goals per game) is second behind Middlebury, while Trinity is third (2.10).

Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Afternoon/Evening Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

A variety of tournament hockey games occurred this afternoon and evening, and below are their summaries.

Men’s Ice Hockey

Boston University 5, Merrimack College 3 – Ben Rosen netted the go-ahead strike for the Terriers at 5:11 in the third as BU defeated Merrimack and earned a first round series sweep. BU’s Wade Megan, who was one of three players to finish with two points, recorded two assists in the victory, while Merrimack’s Jordan Heywood recorded two assists in the setback.

Boston College 4, Vermont 1 – Johnny GaudreauPat Mullane and Steven Whitney each registered one goal and one assist as the Eagles soared past the Catamounts and earned a first round sweep.   

Women’s Ice Hockey

Boston College 3, Harvard 1 – Alex CarpenterCaitlin Walsh and Haley Skarupa each netted one goal as the Eagles defeated the Crimson in the NCAA quarterfinals. Mary Parker netted the only strike of the afternoon for Harvard, which occurred at 16:00 in the first.

 

Mass. College Hockey: Hockey East Quarterfinals Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Hockey East men’s quarterfinals commenced for most teams this evening and below are the local scores.

UMass Lowell 2, Maine 1 (OT) – Derek Arnold‘s extra session goal lifted the River Hawks past the Black Bears and provided the hosts with a series sweep. With the win UMass Lowell will advance to next Friday’s semifinals.

Boston College 4, Vermont 2 – Johnny Gaudreau‘s 19th goal of the season, which was recorded at 18:58 in the third, secured the Eagles their first win of the best-of-three series.

Boston University 3, Merrimack College 0 – Matt Nieto recorded two points (one goal, one assist) as the Terriers topped the Warriors in Boston and earned their first win of the best-of-three series.

Mass. College Hockey: BC Ready For Hockey East Tourney (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com

The Boston College men’s ice hockey team will begin its quest toward another Hockey East crown tomorrow evening when they host Vermont in their first quarterfinal matchup, and in honor of their contest we’ve provided a video from the Eagles Marketing YouTube channel, which features highlights and interview with the players, who’re ready for the tournament to start.