2015 NESCAC women's hockey quarterfinal preview
Hamilton College travels to Middlebury, Vt., to take on Middlebury College in a 2015 NESCAC Women's Hockey Championship quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m.
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The game will be played on Middlebury's campus at Kenyon Arena. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $6 for adults and $3 for students.
Hamilton (10-10-4, 4-9-3 NESCAC) finished in eighth place in the conference standings and is the No. 8 seed for the championship. The Continentals are ranked third in the NESCAC in scoring defense at 1.62 goals allowed per game and have given up more than three goals in a game just twice all season.
Goalie Sam Walther '18 helps lead the Hamilton defense as she is ranked seventh in the conference with a 1.80 goals against average. Walther is also ninth with a .932 save percentage. Katie Parkman '17 leads the team with 18 points, including three game-winning goals.
The nationally ranked No. 3 Panthers (18-3-3, 13-1-2) finished alone in first place in the conference standings and are the top seed for the championship for the ninth time in 14 years. Middlebury lost in overtime in last year's quarterfinals as the No. 1 seed. The Panthers lead the NESCAC in penalty kill at 90.8 percent. Middlebury swept the season series against the Continentals with 2-0 and 3-1 wins at home on Jan. 30-31.
Emily Fluke '15 leads the Panthers into the postseason. Fluke is tops in the NESCAC with 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points. Maddie Winslow '18 leads the conference with four game-winning goals. The next victory for long-time head coach Bill Mandigo will be the 500th of his career.
No. 8 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 10-10-4
Conference record (finish): 4-9-3 (8th place)
Head coach: Emily McNamara, 3rd season (31-35-7 record)
Championship appearances: 13th
Championship titles: None
Championship record: 3-12
This season at Middlebury: L, 2-0 and 3-1 (Jan. 30-31)
Road/neutral record: 6-6-3
Goals scored: 46
Goals allowed: 39
Leading goal scorers: Katie Parkman ’17 (9), Hannah Bartlett ’16 (8)
Assist leaders: Parkman (9), Casey Brown ’16 (7), Megan Ahern ’17 (7)
Starting goalie: Sam Walther ‘18 (1.80 gaa, .932 save pct., 5-8-4 record)
No. 1 seed MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE
Overall record: 18-3-3
Conference record (finish): 13-1-2 (1st place)
USCHO.com Division III ranking: 3rd
NCAA regional ranking: 2nd in East Region
Head coach: Bill Mandigo, 27th season (499-127-34 record)
Championship appearances: 14th
Championship titles: Seven (2001, 2003, 05-06, 2009, 11-12)
Championship record: 23-7
Home record: 9-1-2
Goals scored: 83
Goals allowed: 38
Leading goal scorers: Emily Fluke ’15 (17), Jessica Young ’18 (14), Maddie Winslow ’18 (9)
Assist leaders: Fluke (22), Young (14), Carly Watson ’17 (13)
Starting goalies: Madeline Marsh ‘15 (1.44 gaa, .936 save pct., 10-1-2); Annabelle Jones ’15 (1.88 gaa, .915 save pct., 6-2-1)