MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Making its first NESCAC Tournament appearance since 2013-14, the eighth-seeded Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team will travel to Middlebury, Vt. to take on the defending champions and top-seeded Middlebury Panthers on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 2 p.m.
Tickets for Saturday's quarterfinal are priced at $5 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. They are available for presale and will also be on sale one hour before game time in Kenyon Arena. Please CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
Middlebury earned its seventh straight No. 1 seed as it went 16-6-2 overall with a 11-4-1 conference record, while the Cardinals went 7-11-5 overall with a 4-9-3 league mark. The Panthers swept the series against Wesleyan this season, by scores of 1-0 and 4-2. Sam Smith '20 made 63 saves in goal for the Cardinals during the weekend series, while Ellery Sarosi '17 and Alexis Banquer '20 scored for Wesleyan.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Panthers have the best scoring offense in the league (2.67) and rank third in scoring defense (1.42), while the Cardinals rank seventh in both categories, averaging 1.74 goals-per game and allowing an average of 1.91 goals-per game. Wesleyan ranks fifth in the conference in penalty kill (88.2 %), and Middlebury is right behind them in sixth at 87.2%.
In net for the Cardinals, Allegra Grant '20 has seen most of the time and is 6-8-3, while Smith has gone 1-3-2. Grant, who was the NESCAC Player of the Week in January, ranks fourth in the NESCAC with a save percentage of 95.0. The Panthers also use two goaltenders as Julia Neuburger (9-3-0) and Lin Han (7-3-2) have each played over 600 minutes this season. Neuburger ranks second in the league with a 1.24 goals-against average, while Han is seventh with 1.54.
Offensively, Cici Frattasio '18 leads Wesleyan with 13 points (7g, 6a) and Jessica Young leads Middlebury with 30 points (13g, 17a).
The Panthers are 8-3-2 at home this season, while the Cardinals are 4-6-2 on the road.
2017 NESCAC WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, February 25 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Middlebury - 2 p.m.
No. 7 Williams at No. 2 Connecticut College - 3 p.m.
No. 6 Bowdoin at No. 3 Hamilton - 4 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Trinity - 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at Highest Remaining Seeds
Semifinal Games - 1 p.m. I 4 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Sunday, March 5 at Semifinals Site
Championship Game - 2 p.m.