The Middlebury Panthers are the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship for the 13th time in program history and ninth time in 10 years. The NESCAC Quarterfinals will be played on Saturday, February 29 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 7-8.
Middlebury (19-2-3, 14-1-1 NESCAC) has appeared in every NESCAC Championship and hosted a quarterfinal every year. The Panthers, the 2019 NESCAC Runner-Up, will face No. 8 Trinity (8-12-4, 3-11-2 NESCAC) for the sixth time in the NESCAC Championship series. The Panthers own a 3-2 edge over the Bantams, including a 3-1 victory in the 2016 semifinals. Trinity has qualified for the NESCAC Championship for the 13th time in 14 years and is making its second straight appearance. The Bantams are the No. 8 seed for the first time in program history. Middlebury and Trinity recently played on February 8 and 9 with the Panthers coming away with a pair of victories, 4-1 and 1-0.
Colby (14-5-5, 9-3-4 NESCAC) is making its third straight appearance in the NESCAC Championship field and has earned the highest seed in program history at No. 2. The Mules will host a quarterfinal game for the first time since 2009 when they meet No. 7 Bowdoin (8-13-3, 4-11-1 NESCAC). The Polar Bears return to the NESCAC Tournament after a one-year hiatus and are the seventh seed for the first time since 2016. Bowdoin is 3-1 against Colby in the NESCAC Championship series, including a 4-2 win in the 2014 semifinals. Colby swept the regular-season series against Bowdoin, winning 2-1 (OT) and 2-0 in a home-and-home series on November 22 and 23.
Amherst (14-5-5, 8-4-4 NESCAC), which has been in every NESCAC Championship field, is the No. 3 seed in the NESCAC Championship and will host No. 6 Connecticut College (13-7-4, 6-6-4 NESCAC). The Mammoths are hosting a quarterfinal game and are the No. 3 seed for the second time in three years. The Camels are the No. 6 seed for the first time since 2009 and are making their 13th straight appearance in the NESCAC Championship field. Amherst is 5-0 against Connecticut College in NESCAC Tournament play and earned a 3-1 victory in the 2018 semifinals in the last meeting. Amherst went 2-0 against Connecticut College in the regular season, winning 3-0 and 2-1 on its home ice on January 10 and 11.
In the last quarterfinal matchup, No. 5 Williams (12-8-4, 8-6-2 NESCAC), the defending NESCAC Champion, travels to No. 4 Hamilton (15-8-1, 9-6-1 NESCAC). The Continentals are in the NESCAC Championship for the sixth straight season and have appeared in 17 of 18 tournaments. Hamilton will host a quarterfinal for the fourth year in a row and is the No. 4 seed for the second time in three years. Williams is in the NESCAC Tournament field for the 12th year in a row and is the No. 5 seed for the first time in program history. Hamilton and Williams have squared off just once in the NESCAC Championship, the Ephs recorded a 3-0 win in the 2006 quarterfinals. This season, Williams swept the Continentals, 5-1 and 3-1, on November 22 and 23 in Williamstown, Mass.
Results for the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship will be available at the completion of each day on the NESCAC website.
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 29
hosted by Higher Seeds
No. 8 Trinity at No. 1 Middlebury - 1:00 p.m.
No. 7 Bowdoin at No. 2 Colby - 3:00 p.m.
No. 6 Connecticut College at No. 3 Amherst - TBD
No. 5 Williams at No. 4 Hamilton - 1:00 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, March 7
hosted by Highest Remaining Seed
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. Highest Remaining Seed
Other Quarterfinal Winners
Championship - Sunday, March 8
hosted by Semifinals Host