2012 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship

Saturday, Feb. 25
Saturday, March 3
Sunday, March 4
at No. 1 Middlebury 5, No. 8 Colby 1
at No. 1 Middlebury 4, No. 4 Trinity 1
at No. 1 Middlebury 1, No. 2 Amherst 0 - OT
at No. 2 Amherst 3, No. 7 Connecticut College 0
No. 2 Amherst 1, vs. No. 3 Bowdoin 0
at No. 3 Bowdoin 3, No. 6 Williams 2 - OT

at No. 4 Trinity 3, No. 5 Hamilton 1
Championship Seeding
Championship Preview
Championship Records 

AMHERST, Mass. – Marcia Voigt ’13 scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench to lead the Amherst College women’s basketball team to a 66-52 win over Colby College in the NESCAC Championship semifinals Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.


Amherst (26-0) didn’t take the lead for good until 18 seconds remained in regulation when these teams met during the regular season, but the Lord Jeffs led from wire to wire this time around. Amherst scored the game’s first nine points and never looked back, notably holding the Mules scoreless for the first 6:10.


Colby’s Jil Vaughan led all players with 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting and added nine rebounds, while Rachel Mack added 11 points and 10 boards for the Mules. Voigt’s 17 points led the Lord Jeffs, with Caroline Stedman ’12 adding 14.


The top-seeded Lord Jeffs will host either Tufts or Bowdoin in Sunday’s finals at noon, while the Mules will hope for an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament.


Colby missed its first nine shots and didn’t get on the board until Vaughan hit a turnaround jumper with 13:50 on the clock. Stedman buried a pair of early three-pointers and Voigt connected on one of her own to push Amherst’s lead to 19-2 at 10:50.


After Stedman and Voigt combined for 22 consecutive Amherst points, Kim Fiorentino ’12 and Megan Robertson ’15 got into the scoring mix. Robertson knocked down a long jumper and followed with a layup to bring the score to 35-15, and the final points of the half came when Colby’s Jacky McLaughlin hit a layup with 1:07 to go, bringing the score to 35-17.


Colby put together an 8-1 run early in the second half on two Vaughan layups and four free throws by Aarika Ritchie, but Stedman’s fourth three-pointer of the game helped Amherst push right back with seven consecutive points.


The Lord Jeffs led by as many as 27 (62-35) after holding Colby to three points during a 6:11 stretch, but the Mules controlled the final six minutes of regulation. Three triples from Mack and great post play by Vaughan led to a 15-point run as the visitors suddenly trailed by only 11 with 1:19 on the clock, but the deficit was too large to overcome.


Fiorentino finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Amherst, while Robertson added 11 points and nine boards. The teams were virtually identical in terms of rebounding and shooting, but the Mules were hurt by a 7-for-19 showing at the line.


Amherst increased its home winning streak to 62 games and has now won 45 straight overall. 

Middlebury Women's Ice Hockey Wins 2012 NESCAC Crown

Middlebury Women's Ice Hockey Wins 2012 NESCAC Crown

Courtesy Middlebury Athletic Communications

Box Score

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Lauren Greer scored the game-winner 6:17 into overtime to lift Middlebury to its seventh NESCAC title with a 1-0 victory over Amherst.

The Panthers (21-3-3) receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Jeffs (21-5-1) are likely to receive an at-large bid.

This was the fourth NESCAC Championship meeting between the schools, with three of the games going into overtime. Amherst won in triple-overtime in 2007, while Middlebury took the 2009 game in OT. The Panthers also earned a 4-3 victory a year ago.

Greer's game-winner came as she skated into the zone and let a blast go that was partially saved by Murphy. The puck dropped to the ice and slowly trickled across the goal line to give the Panthers the title.

The goal tied Greer for the team-lead with her 13th of the season.

Neither team found the back of the net in the first period, with Middlebury holding a 9-3 shots advantage. The Panthers had a pair of power play opportunities in the period, but were not able to get on the board.

Following a failed Middlebury power play at the 5:03 mark of the second period, Maggie Melberg had a quick shot from close-range denied by Sinead Murphy (24 saves). Middlebury nearly broke the scoreless tie at 11:05, as Madeline Joyce carried the puck into the zone on the right side. She let go a hard wrister from the top of the left face-off circle that beat Murphy but clanked the crossbar. The Panthers had another great chance in the last minute, but a shot from Melberg after a feed from Hannah Bielawski in the slot was saved by Murphy. After being outshot 9-3 in the first period, Amherst returned the favor in the second.

Josie Fisher made a great move for Amherst and cut to the slot early in the second, with her backhander saved by Annabelle Jones (16 saves). Amherst had two more big chances midway through the second period with a blast from Tori Salmon hitting a teammate in front and a shot from Megan Doyen in the high slot going just wide at 13:40.

The Panthers put on some pressure in the final five minutes of the period, with some good looks. Lauren Greer's shot at 14:04 from the left wing hit the post, while two attempts by Grace Waters were denied one minute later. Maria Bourdeau had a shot just miss the post with 3:05 remaining, while Sara Ugalde had a good look at her own rebound with 1:15 left to play. The Panthers went on a power play with 28 seconds left in the third, but could not take advantage as it was killed off early in overtime. Prior to overtime, Erin Babineau had a great look shorthanded with 20 seconds remaining, but the shot went into Jones' chest for the save.

Middlebury nearly won the game 3:20 into the extra session, but a shot by Katie Sullivan was denied by Murphy after a nice dish from Fluke.

Quarterfinals - Saturday, Feb. 25 at Higher Seeds
at No. 1 Middlebury 5, No. 8 Colby 1
at No. 2 Amherst 3, No. 7 Connecticut College 0
at No. 3 Bowdoin 3, No. 6 Williams 2 - OT
at No. 4 Trinity 3, No. 5 Hamilton 1

Semifinals - Saturday, March 3 at Middlebury
at No. 1 Middlebury 4, No. 4 Trinity 1
No. 2 Amherst 1, vs. No. 3 Bowdoin 0

Championship - Sunday, March 4
at No. 1 Middlebury 1, No. 2 Amherst 0 - OT

  Quarterfinals - Saturday, Feb. 25
at Higher Seeds
No. 8 at No. 1
No. 7 at No. 2
No. 6 at No. 3
No. 5 at No. 4

Semifinals - Saturday, March 3
at Highest Remaining Seed

Championship - Sunday, March 4

The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship.  First round games will be conducted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 with the semifinals and championship games conducted on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 respectively.  The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. 

Format if Men and Women are Playing at the Same Site
Preliminary Round
If both a men's and a women's first round game are being played at the same site, both games shall be played on Saturday with scheduled start times of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  In odd years the men's game will be played first and in even years the women's game will be played first.

Semifinal and Championship Round
If both the men's and women's semifinals and finals are being played at the same site, one of the championships will be conducted Friday evening and Saturday evening.  As the men's NCAA championship tournament starts earlier than the women's championship, the men's games will be played on Friday/Saturday (with game times of 4:00 p.m./7:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) with the women's games played Saturday/Sunday (with game times of 12:30 p.m./3:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.).

Seeding will be based on final conference standings of double round robin play. The top four seeds will host quarterfinal games with the one seed drawing the 8th seed, the 7th seed will play at the 2nd seed, the 6th seed will play at the 3rd seed, and the 5th seed will play at the 4th seed. The highest remaining seed after quarterfinal action will host both the semifinal and final rounds.

Pairings will be announced Saturday, February 18.

Tie Breaking Procedures
Ties will be broken as follows:

Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).

If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:

  • Best record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
  • Most conference wins (in games that are part of the conference schedule and count toward league standings).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.
  • Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
  • If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
  • Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).

Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated.  At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams.  The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken.  In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie.  For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled.  Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.