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Women’s Hockey Heads to No. 1 Williams for NESCAC Quarterfinal

Women’s Hockey Heads to No. 1 Williams for NESCAC Quarterfinal

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's hockey team will head to No. 1 Williams on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. NESCAC Quarterfinal matchup. The Cardinals earned the eighth seed in the tournament, finishing the regular season with an 8-15-1 overall mark (4-11-1 NESCAC). The Ephs are the top-seed for the first time in the tournament, boasting a 17-4-3 overall record and a 10-4-2 conference mark.

This will be the third-straight appearance in the tournament for Wesleyan and it's sixth overall, as the Cardinals look to advance to the semifinals for the first time in program history. Williams is entering the tournament for the 17th time as it looks to earn its second conference crown.

CARDINALS AT A GLANCE:

  • Wesleyan suffered two-straight setbacks during its last regular-season weekend of play, but had a few important victories in the weeks prior. The Cardinals split three-straight NESCAC weekends, including blanking then-No. 6 Middlebury 1-0 on February 2nd. After suffering a 6-1 setback against Trinity on February 9th, the team rallied the following day on the road to edge the Bantams 2-1. 
  • Wesleyan has been led by forwards Gina Mangiafridda and Allie Damren. Mangiafridda tallied four goals and 10 assists during the regular season, while Damren recorded six goals and dished out seven helpers. 
  • Goaltender Allegra Grant has been stellar in net this year, boasting a .945 save percentage with a goals against average just under two. Grant has recorded four shutouts so far this campaign, including a 3-0 victory over Williams earlier in the year where she stopped all 38 shots faced. Grant also eclipsed the 1,500 career-save mark on January 11th.
  • Sydnée Goyer, Ally Detre and first-year Cali Stevens have all contributed to the success of the Cardinals this year, each notching five goals throughout the 2018-19 campaign.

EPHS AT A GLANCE:

  • Williams has been guided by forwards Meghan Halloran, Annie Rush and Abby Brustad this year. Halloran has led the team in goals and assists with 16 a piece, while Rush has recorded 10 goals and 11 assists. Brustad has netted eight and tallied 13 helpers.
  • Netminder Chloe Heiting holds a 14-2-2 overall record in goal for the Ephs, boasting a .941 save percentage with four shutouts. Heiting was not in net for the first matchup with Wesleyan, but she helped the team rally the following day, stopping all nine shots she faced to shutout the Cardinals 4-0.
  • Defender Mia Carroll is another Eph to be on the lookout for during this game as she dished out 11 assists during the regular season.

COACHES' THOUGHTS:

  • "We are going into Saturday's game with the mindset that when we play our best hockey, we are capable of beating anyone in our league. Williams is a strong opponent and has been playing well as of late, so we will need to execute and play as a team."

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<< CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL >>

Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 23 - hosted by Higher Seeds
No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Williams - 3 p.m.
No. 7 Connecticut College at No. 2 Middlebury - 3 p.m.
No. 6 Colby at No. 3 Hamilton - 4 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Trinity - 4:30 p.m.

Semifinals - Saturday, March 2 - hosted by Highest Remaining Seed
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed - TBD
Other Quarterfinal Winners - TBD

Championship - Sunday, March 3 - hosted by Semifinals Host
Semifinal Winners - TBD