NESCAC women's ice hockey quarterfinal preview

Hamilton College travels to Amherst College for a 2013 NESCAC Championship quarterfinal at Amherst's Orr Rink on Saturday, Feb. 23.

2013 NESCAC Championship quarterfinal preview

Tickets for the game are $3 for adults and $1 for students and senior citizens. Children under 12 will be admitted free. For more ticket information, please call (413) 542-2273. The start time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Hamilton (13-10-1 overall, 7-8-1 NESCAC) tied for fifth in the conference standings with Connecticut College and is the No. 6 seed for the championship. The Continentals have tied the program record for most wins in a season. Katie Zimmerman '13 leads the NESCAC with 20 goals and 29 points. Hamilton has appeared in all 11 previous NESCAC championships, but has advanced to the semifinals on three occasions, and the last time was 2007.

The Jeffs (12-10-1, 10-5-1) finished third in the conference standings and clinched the No. 3 seed for the championship. Tori Salmon '15 is tied for the NESCAC lead with 17 assists and Geneva Lloyd '13 leads all defenders with 26 points. Amherst has reached the finals in each of the last six years, and has captured the conference title three times.

This game features the top two power plays in the NESCAC, as the Continentals lead the conference at 22.7 percent. These teams split their season series, with the Jeffs winning 6-5 at home on Nov. 16, and Hamilton prevailing 4-3 in overtime at home the next day. The Continentals are 2-1 against Amherst in the NESCAC championship.

A capsule look at both teams may be found below.

Overall record: 13-10-1
Conference record (finish): 7-8-1 (T-5th)
NCAA regional ranking: 10th in East Region
Head coach: Emily McNamara, 1st season (13-10-1)
Conference tournament appearances: 12th
Conference tournament titles: None
Conference tournament record: 3-11
Last win vs. Amherst: Nov. 17, 2012 (4-3 in OT)
Road/neutral record: 7-7
Goals scored: 69
Goals allowed: 58
Leading goal scorers: Katie Zimmerman ’13 (20), Nikki Haskins ’14 (14)
Assist leaders: Hannah Bartlett ’16 (12), Zimmerman (9), Abby Runyon ’13 (8), Jill Tokarczyk ’14 (8), Naomi Woolfenden ’16 (8)
Starting goalie: Becca Hazlett ’13 (2.51 gaa, .891 save pct., 11-10-1)

Overall record: 12-10-1
Conference record (finish): 10-5-1 (3rd)
NCAA regional ranking: 6th in East Region
Head coach: Jeff Matthews, 1st season (12-10-1)
Conference tournament appearances: 12th
Conference tournament titles: Three
Conference tournament record: 15-8
Last win vs. Hamilton: Nov. 16, 2012 (6-5)
Home record: 6-5
Goals scored: 63
Goals allowed: 58
Leading goal scorers: Geneva Lloyd ’13 (12), Megan Doyen ’13 (11)
Assist leaders: Tori Salmon ’15 (17), Lloyd (14)
Starting goalie: Kerri Stuart (2.55 gaa, .892 save pct., 10-7-1)


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