Middlebury captured the second seed for the upcoming 2019 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship and will host No. 7 seed Connecticut College on Saturday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m. Winners of the last three conference titles, the Panthers will be looking for their 11th league crown. Williams is the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship. The Ephs grabbed the top seed for the first time in program history with two victories over Middlebury on the final weekend of the regular season. The NESCAC Quarterfinals will be played on Saturday, February 23 on the campus of the higher seeds. The semifinals and final will be held on the campus of the highest remaining seed and are set for March 2-3.
Middlebury (14-6-3, 9-5-2 NESCAC) is the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Connecticut College (10-10-3, 6-7-3 NESCAC) in a quarterfinal contest. Middlebury and Hamilton both had a .625 winning percentage. In head-to-head competition, Middlebury went 2-0-0 against Hamilton to earn the No. 2 seed. The Panthers won their 10th NESCAC title last season and have appeared in every NESCAC Championship. Middlebury is the No. 2 seed for the first time since 2009. Connecticut College is the seventh seed for the first time since 2012 and is making its 12th straight appearance in the tournament. The Camels have advanced to the semifinals each of the last three years, but are searching for their first NESCAC title. Middlebury defeated Connecticut College, 3-0, on November 30 and the teams skated to a 1-1 tie on December 1. Middlebury is 2-1 against Connecticut College in the NESCAC postseason, but the Camels earned an overtime victory in the last meeting in the 2014 quarterfinals.
Williams (17-4-3, 10-4-2 NESCAC) is in the tournament field for the 11th consecutive season and has appeared in the NESCAC Championship 17 of 18 years. The Ephs look to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2014, the same year Williams won its lone NESCAC title. The Ephs will host No. 8 Wesleyan (8-15-1, 4-11-1 NESCAC) in the quarterfinals. The Cardinals are the eighth seed for the third year in a row and are in the NESCAC Championship for the third straight year. The two teams split the regular season series with Wesleyan posting a 3-0 victory on December 1 and Williams responding with a 4-0 win on December 2. Williams owns a 3-0 advantage over Wesleyan in the NESCAC Championship series, including a victory in the last meeting in the 2004 quarterfinals.
Hamilton (15-7-2, 9-5-2 NESCAC) is the No. 3 seed for the second time in three years and will host No. 6 Colby (12-9-3, 8-8-0 NESCAC) in the quarterfinal round. The Continentals are in the NESCAC Championship for the fifth straight season and have appeared in 17 of 18 tournaments. Hamilton, which is looking to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2007, enters the tournament having won five of its last six games. Colby is the No. 6 seed for the first time since 2005 and is making a second straight trip to the tournament. The Mules have been in 16 of the 18 NESCAC Championships and are looking for their first trip to the semifinals since 2014. Colby won three of its last five games to close the regular season. The Continentals swept the Mules in the regular season, winning 4-2 on November 30 and 2-0 on December 1. The Mules own a 2-1 lead in the NESCAC Championship series, but Hamilton pulled out an overtime win when the teams last met in the 2007 quarterfinals.
The final quarterfinal matchup features No. 4 Trinity (11-10-3, 8-5-3 NESCAC) versus No. 5 Amherst (12-10-2, 8-6-2 NESCAC). Trinity returns to the NESCAC tournament after a one-year hiatus and has appeared in 13 of the last 14 championships. The Bantams are the No. 4 seed for the second time since 2017. Trinity won its only NESCAC title in 2015 and is looking to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2016. The Mammoths have qualified for every NESCAC Championship and have played in the three consecutive championship games. The Mammoths are the No. 5 seed for the second time in three years and have won three titles, the last coming in 2010. Amherst and Trinity split the regular season series. The Mammoths won 5-0 on November 30, while the Bantams posted a 3-1 win on December 1. Amherst is 4-1 against Trinity in the NESCAC Championship, including a victory in the 2017 quarterfinal when the teams last met in the tournament.
Results for the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship will be available at the completion of each day on the NESCAC website.
2019 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 23 (at higher seeds)
No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Williams – 3:00 p.m.
No. 7 Connecticut College at No. 2 Middlebury – 3:00 p.m.
No. 6 Colby at No. 3 Hamilton – 4:00 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Trinity - 4:30 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, March 2 (at highest remaining seed)
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. Highest Remaining Seed – TBD
Remaining Quarterfinal winners - TBD
Sunday, March 3 (at semifinal host)
Championship - TBD
-- Courtesy of the NESCAC --