Weekend wrap: Jan. 26

This past weekend in the Division III women’s ranks yielded ranked teams faring well, as well as teams on the cusp of being contenders.

Don’t expect to see the D-III rankings change much, if at all, come Monday afternoon.

The weekend’s featured matchup pitted No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls at No. 9 Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the games did not disappoint. Friday night, Dani Sibley scored two goals as River Falls eked out a 3-2 win. Angie Hall made 21 saves in goal for River Falls, and Janna Beilke-Skoug stopped 34 for the Pointers. On Saturday, River Falls scored the first and last goals, while Wis.-Stevens Point the middle two in a 2-2 tie. Beilke-Skoug put together a 32-save outing and Hall made just a dozen saves for the Falcons.

Top-ranked Plattsburgh continued its dominating regular season with a sweep over Oswego, winning 4-0 on Saturday and 5-1 on Sunday. Kayla Meneghin notched two goals with an assist Saturday and Camille Leonard stopped all 20 shots fired her way in the first contest. Sunday, Leonard stopped 12 of 13 with the only blemish a third-period goal from Kendall Applebaum. Shannon Stewart had a goal and an assist for the Cardinals. Oswego goalies Bridget Smith and Tori Trovato combined to make 47 saves in the Lakers’ cage.

No. 2 Elmira blanked Chatham in two straight with a 5-0 win on Saturday and a 4-0 victory the following afternoon. National scoring leader Ashley Ryan posted two goals and two helpers and Kyle Nelson stopped all eight shots Saturday, while Cassidy Delainey also popped a pair of goals. Ashton Hogan scored twice and Kelcey Crawford made 12 saves Sunday as Elmira outshot Chatham 52-12.

Norwich, the third-ranked squad in the country, shut out St. Michael’s 3-0 Friday before having its game Saturday at Nichols postponed due to weather. Cadets’ goalie Loren Carrier needed to make just eight saves (she faced no shots in the second period) for the shutout. Muranda Toews chipped in two assists and Kaycie Anderson contributed a goal and an assist.

No. 4 Middlebury swept No. 10 Bowdoin with a 4-2 win Friday followed by a 5-3 win on Saturday. Emily Fluke registered a goal and two assists Friday night with Rachel Kennedy scoring both for Bowdoin. Fluke added a goal and an assist in Saturday’s win as five different players found the net for the Panthers. Beth Findley made 25 saves in goal for Bowdoin.

No. 5 Adrian erupted for a 10-1 win over Finlandia Friday night before getting a 5-0 shutout Saturday. Kelsey Kusch and Logan Taylor each recorded a five-point night (three goals, two assists) Friday night as the Bulldogs outshot the Lions 68-10. Saturday night, Jade Walsh and Brooke Gibson combined on a nine-save shutout and Kaylyn Schroka tallied twice. Shots Saturday were 53-9 in favor of Adrian.

No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus won both ends of a home-and-home with St. Mary’s, each by a single goal. Friday night, Kaitlyn Klein’s power-play goal at 15:39 of the third period proved to be the game-winner in a 3-2 win. Lindsey Hibbard made 17 saves for GAC and Tori Herrmann finished with 26 at the other end. On Saturday, Keri Pickel’s goal 75 seconds into the second period was all the Gusties needed in a 1-0 shutout. Hibbard stopped 19 and Marah Shields turned aside 40 for the Cardinals.

No. 8 Amherst sat idle last weekend, but plays Tuesday at home against Salve Regina and then this coming weekend at home for a pair with Connecticut College.

Speaking of Connecticut College, the Camels earned a hard-fought split with Wesleyan over the weekend, capped off by a thrilling 3-2 overtime win Saturday. Cassie Hunter scored the tying goal with the extra attacked at 17:49 of the third period and then won it at 4:52 of the extra session. Friday night, Jordan Schildhaus scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win for Wesleyan. Corinne Rivard stopped 17 shots for the goose egg and Kelsie Fralick 16 at the other end for Connecticut College.

Manhattanville played two OT games, losing 4-3 to Plymouth State on Friday night and then tying New England College 1-1 on Saturday.

Amber Schaack’s goal 12:18 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and Concordia (Minn.) edged Augsburg 2-1 on Saturday. The two teams skated to a 2-2 tie Friday night.

Abby Sawyer’s power-play goal with 1:49 left in regulation gave St. Scholastica a 3-2 win over Concordia (Wis.) on Friday night. A 2-2 tie went down Saturday.

Cortland goalie Kelly Farinella kicked out all 20 shots she faced in Sunday’s 2-0 shutout over Neumann.

Weekend picks: Jan. 23

Another weekend, another slew of high-excitement games in women’s Division III puck.

What’s the scoop on this weekend? Candace and Matt take their picks.

Friday/Saturday, Jan. 23-24,

No. 4 Middlebury at No. 10 Bowdoin
Candace: Middlebury’s stretch against ranked teams continues. The Panthers couldn’t get a win against Amherst, but I think they pull off the sweep in Maine. Middlebury 3-2, 3-1
Matt: Middlebury has played three straight overtime games, beating Utica 10 days ago and tying both with Amherst last weekend. The Panthers need to win in regulation to get back on track and they do that here against a game Bowdoin squad. Give Middlebury a 4-2 win Friday and then a 2-1 win on Saturday.

No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls at No. 9 Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Candace: Can you say splitsville? Like Matt, I think Wis.-Stevens Point gets the first win, and Wis.-River Falls comes back Saturday. Wis.-Stevens Point 3-2, Wis.-River Falls 4-2
Matt: This may be the matchup of the weekend. I’m not a fan of predicting ties and though we could see one or maybe two here, I’ll call a split. Give Friday’s win to Stevens Point 3-1 on a late empty-netter and Saturday’s to River Falls with a 4-3 final.

No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus vs. St. Mary’s  (home-and-home)
Candace: St. Mary’s will make the home ice game tough, but I see Gustavus with the sweep. Gustavus Adolphus 4-2, 3-2
Matt: St. Mary’s has a winning record and should be a formidable opponent for Gustavus. While each team plays a game with home-ice advantage, I say GAC wins both – 4-1 Friday and then 2-0 on Saturday.

Weekend wrap: Jan. 19

With a slew of ranked teams in action last weekend, some games went as expected, while others, not so much.

This week’s USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll may seem some changes, but it won’t be at the top.

No. 1 Plattsburgh went on the road and swept William Smith in dominating fashion, 10-0 Friday and then 11-1 on Saturday. Bridget Balisy had three goals and an assist Friday, to go along with a goal and three assists from Morgan MacInnis and four assists from Shannon Stewart. Goalie Camille Leonard made just 11 saves. On Saturday, Stewart went for three goals and a helper, Mia Favretto was plus-7, and Kayla Meneghin and Melissa Sheeran each had a goal and two assists. Giovanna Senese scored twice with an assist and Ally Ross stopped nine shots in goal.

No. 2 Elmira won a pair  at Neumann over the weekend by scores of 8-2 and 5-2. The nation’s top scorer, Ashley Ryan, added three goals and two assists in the wins and Kelcey Crawford and Kyle Nelson split the games in net, with Crawford winning the first game and Nelson the second.

Norwich, ranked No. 3 after a spell at No. 1 a few weeks back, skated to a 1-1 tie with St. Anselm Friday night before rebounding for a 3-1 win the next day against Castleton. St. Anselm goalie Lindsey Brown blanked the Cadets for almost two and a half periods Friday before Erin Joyce’s power-play goal at 8:26 of the third pulled Norwich into the tie. Brown made 26 saves in the game. Saturday, Norwich and Castleton were tied 1-1 going into the third, only to see Madison Gallagher and Kim Tiberi score to lift Norwich.

Here’s where it starts to get fun.

No. 4 Middlebury and No. 9 Amherst played to two ties, 2-2 Friday and 1-1 Saturday. Maddie Winslow’s goal 13:49 into the third period gave Middlebury the tie Friday, and then Jessica Young lifted Middlebury again with a goal at 18:25 of the third period Saturday. How will the voters vote? Push Middlebury down for two non-wins? Or boost Amherst up for tying the No. 4 team in the country? Or a mixture of both?

Adrian also faltered, as the No. 5 Bulldogs tied Concordia (Wis.) 4-4 Friday night and then edged Concordia 2-1 the next night. After Samantha Reiter gave CU the 4-3 lead at 17:14 of the third period, Kelsey Kusch netted a power-play tally at 19:23 to pull Adrian into the tie Friday night. On Saturday, Adrian scored two in the first and held on the rest of the way as Jade Walsh made 21 saves. Again, might we see Adrian drop a spot or hold steady? It’s in the hands of the voters now.

No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus swept Augsburg in a home-and-home series. Lindsey Hibbard turned aside all 10 shots she faced Friday night and Carolyn Draayer scored two in a 5-0 victory. Saturday night, Gustavus Adolphus rallied with two late third-period goals from Draayer at 12:04 and Rachel Skoglund at 16:02 to give Gustavus the 2-1 win and weekend sweep.

Wisconsin-River Falls won two on the road at St. Scholastica, getting a 4-2 win Friday night and a 4-1 win Saturday. Alice Cranston had two goals and an assist and Chloe Kinsel a goal plus two helpers Friday for the No. 7 Falcons, followed by Karleigh Wolkerstorfer picking up two goals Saturday. Angie Hall faced just five shots, kicking out four on Saturday, while at the other end, Lindsey Hartfiel stopped 33 shots.

Lake Forest made some noise, splitting with No. 8 Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Lake Forest scored two in the second and three in the third in a 5-2 win Friday night behind Michelle Greeneway’s two-goal, one-assist outing, but Wis.-Stevens Point rebounded to gain a 7-5 win the next night with five unanswered goals after trailing 5-2 late in the second period. What do you think? Does Stevens Point drop in the rankings?

No. 10 Bowdoin was the other ranked team that failed to grab four points, going to a 2-2 tie with Wesleyan Friday night and coming back with a 2-0 win Saturday. Julie Dachille salvaged the tie for Bowdoin Friday with her goal at 16:52 of the third. Lan Crofton stopped all 30 shots Saturday to give the Polar Bears the win.

Jordan Verleye’s goal 1:51 into overtime pushed Hamline past St. Olaf 3-2 on Friday and Williams and Hamilton played to a scoreless tie that same night. Sam Walther (Hamilton, 20 saves) and Christina Cleroux (Williams, 27 saves) each posted perfect nights. Cleroux made 20 saves in a 2-0 shutout the next night.

On Friday, Bridget Smith stopped all 16 to lead Oswego over Chatham 2-0 Friday. Taylor Neisen kicked out all 17 as St. Thomas blanked St. Catherine 4-0 and Sydney Belinskas stopped all 15 in Trinity’s 9-0 win over Sacred Heart.

Emily Bondrager’s goal 5:29 into the third period proved to be the game-winner Friday as St. Norbert edged Finlandia 2-1 before the Green Knights roared back for a 10-1 win on Saturday.

Holy Cross goalie Alexandra Stevenson picked up a seven-save shutout over New England College Saturday and St. Mary’s goalie Tori Hermann notched a 24-save goose egg Saturday against Bethel.

The big game ahead this week is a Tuesday night special as now-No. 3 Norwich is at No. 1 Plattsburgh. Expect a tournament-like atmosphere.

Weekend picks: Jan. 16

We get back to conference play this weekend after what has seemed like an eternity of nonconference games.

Candace and Matt get out their respective crystal balls to pick this weekend’s top games.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 16-17

No. 9 Amherst at No. 4 Middlebury
Candace: I have to think this is a split, but which night? Middlebury 4-2, Amherst 3-2
Matt: Wow. This set could go either way. Does Amherst have the firepower to at least win one? Can Middlebury sweep? Might be too close to call, but I’ll go with a split here as Middlebury wins Friday night, 4-3, and then Amherst gets an overtime win Saturday night. I have Emily Flom as the OT hero.

No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls at St. Scholastica
Candace: I have trouble seeing this as anything but a River Falls sweep. Wis.-River Falls 4-1, 4-2
Matt: St. Scholastica is unranked, yes, but does have a respectable 7-6-1 record. Not too shabby by any means. River Falls is 11-3-0 and on paper, the better team stats-wise. And the better team this weekend wins-wise as the Falcons sweep the Saints. Angie Hall gets a shutout Friday night.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

No. 3 Norwich at No. 1 Plattsburgh 
Candace: The game of the week. Can anybody stop the Cardinals? Possibly, but I don’t see if happening this time. Plattsburgh 4-2
Matt: Norwich plays St. Anselm and Castleton this coming weekend and should win both, but then the quick turnaround to play the top-ranked Cardinals? Yikes. I see Plattsburgh winning 6-3 over a tired Cadets’ squad after winning both this weekend at William Smith.

Weekend wrap: Jan. 12

This past weekend in the women’s Division III circles saw tournaments played, upsets posted, and all in all, dynamite action across the country.

Kicking off the weekend Friday night, unranked Connecticut College upset No. 10 Bowdoin 2-1. Kate Kohl scored both, including the game-winner midway through the third period. Bowdoin took the split with a 3-1 win Saturday on the strength of two Rachel Kennedy goals.

The marquee matchup of the weekend Sunday did not disappoint, as No. 2 Elmira defeated No. 3 Norwich 5-3. Cassidy Delainey scored a pair of goals for Elmira in front of 375 fans at the Murray Athletic Center. Ashton Hogan’s goal with 4:50 left in the second period stood as the game-winner, and Ashley Ryan added an empty-netter at 19:49 of the third period. Look for both teams to hold steady in this week’s USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll.

Norwich had defeated Utica 2-1 on Friday night to start its weekend.

Logan Taylor’s goal at 17:21 of the third period was all No. 7 Adrian needed to beat No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus in a 1-0 win Friday night. Jade Walsh made 17 saves for the Bulldogs, who finished out the weekend with a 4-1 win over St. Mary’s the next night as four different players scored and Walsh contributed an assist on Kristin Lewicki’s game-winning goal late in the second period.

Gustavus topped Lake Forest by a 2-1 count on Saturday.

No. 4 Middlebury took care of business with a 3-1 win over Wesleyan Saturday night. Julia Wardwell had a goal and an assist for the Panthers.

No. 9 Amherst edged Colby 2-1 on Saturday behind two goals from Tori Salmon, sweeping the weekend series. Amherst started the series with a 3-1 win Friday night, as Emily Flom and Erin Martin each registered a goal and an assist and Breanna Sullivan rang up two assists.

No. 6 Wisconsin-River Falls took a pair of one-goal games against Concordia (Minn.), winning 3-1 Friday and 2-1 Saturday. Goalie Kylie Hommerding made 11 saves Saturday after Angie Hall stopped 12 in the opening games.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point, which entered last weekend eighth in the country, swept St. Thomas with a 3-1 win Friday night and then edged out a 3-2 OT win on Saturday, as Shauna Bollinger was the hero 3:22 into extra time.

Marian won both against Hamline, including a 2-0 shutout Sunday afternoon as Amanda Alexander kicked out all 28 shots she faced.

Oswego turned in two wins at the St. Michael’s Tournament with a 2-0 win over Plymouth State (Bridget Smith 13-save shutout) and then a 3-1 win over host St. Michael’s (Toni Trovato 19 saves). Hamilton put up two five-goal games in downing St. Michael’s 5-1 and Plymouth State 5-3.

The Rutland Herald Invitational saw Stevenson beat host Castleton 4-1 Friday and then Castleton beat Manhattanville 3-1 Saturday and Stevenson fall to Holy Cross 3-2, also on Saturday, as Izzy Bagi’s goal at 18:44 of the third period stood as the winner for the Crusaders. Kara Violette had tied the game for Holy Cross at 17:50 of the second.

Weekend picks: Jan. 9

The weather outside is frightful, but inside, women’s Division III games this weekend should be delightful.

Two tournaments dot this weekend’s schedule on top of several ranked teams taking the ice.

As has become an exciting part of the weekend, women’s editor Candace Horgan and women’s writer Matt Mackinder take their picks on the wins and losses for the games ahead.

Friday, Jan. 9

No. 7 Adrian at No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus
Candace: Something tells me the road team is poised for a strong second half. Adrian 3-2
Matt: Another contest that is sure to be a nail-biter. Both of these teams have it all, but Gustavus has a smidge more and gets a 2-0 shutout here with Lindsey Hibbard in net.

Friday/Saturday, Jan. 9-10

St. Michael’s Tournament (St. Michael’s, Oswego, Plymouth State, Hamilton)
Candace: I like the Lakers over the home team in this tournament. Oswego 3, Plymouth State 1, St. Michael’s 2, Hamilton 1, Oswego 3-2
Matt: No ranked teams here, but expect some solid competition. Oswego is the only team better than .500 with a 7-2-0 mark, so I’ll go with the Lakers here.

Rutland Herald Invitational (Stevenson, Castleton, Manhattanville, Holy Cross)
Candace: I’ll pick my alma mater to take it over Castleton. Castleton 3, Stevenson 1, Holy Cross 4, Manhattanville 2, Holy Cross 3-1
Matt: Again, no ranked teams doesn’t mean the games aren’t meaningful. All four teams in this one are .500 or better, so picking a winner is a tough decision. That said, I’ll go out on a limb and say Castleton gets two wins to take the crown.

Sunday, Jan. 11

No. 3 Norwich at No. 2 Elmira
Candace: Last weekend, Elmira faced the No. 4 team, Middlebury, and tied. Something tells me the Soaring Eagles get the win here. Elmira 2-1
Matt: Wow. Talk about Happy New Year! This game will be everything a playoff game or even a national tournament game should be. So with both teams stacked in all areas, what gives? Do we call it a tie? Nope, no cowardice here. I say Elmira wins it in overtime on an Ashley Ryan goal.


Weekend wrap: Jan. 5

As the New Year rolls around, so do meaningful games in the women’s Division III ranks – and there were several this past weekend, all nonconference affairs.

Two tournaments dotted the weekend’s games as Adrian hosted its own tournament and Massachusetts-Boston brought in three other teams for the Codfish Bowl.

No. 9 Adrian beat Williams 3-1 and then Connecticut College 9-0.

The Bulldogs handed the Camels their first loss of 2014-15 by dominating the first period with five goals and having Jade Walsh got the shutout with an eight-save outing. Devyn Fitzhenry notched a hat trick for Adrian in the win.

Williams downed St. Olaf in the third-place game.

Stevenson won the Codfish Bowl on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime win against Mass.-Boston as Brooke Webber scored 9:22 into the extra session. UMB had topped Canton and Stevenson defeated Chatham 4-3 to open the event Friday.

Ariana Bourque’s goal seven seconds into the OT gave Bowdoin a 4-3 win over No. 8 St. Thomas Friday night. The Tommies then surrendered four unanswered third-period goals Saturday en route to a 7-4 loss to Trinity. That game was tied 3-3 after two periods.

Bowdoin finished out its weekend with a 4-1 win at Hamline on Saturday.

The marquee matchup of the weekend had No. 4 Middlebury at No. 2 Elmira on Saturday, but no bragging rights came out of it, as the game wound up a 2-2 tie. Katie Mandigo’s goal at 13:19 of the third period tied the game for Middlebury. Erin Weston scored both goals for Elmira, and Soaring Eagles’ goalie Kyle Nelson finished with 35 saves. Madeline Marsh made 26 saves for the Panthers.

Seventh-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point earned a split in a home-and-home with St. Norbert. UWSP won 5-2 on Friday at home before falling by the same score Saturday. Janna Beilke-Skoug made 48 saves for the Pointers in the first game, while Brianna Kelly finished with 22 for the Green Knights in Saturday’s rematch.

No. 10 Amherst swept its road weekend with a 3-1 win Saturday over Holy Cross and then a 3-2 victory Sunday over Southern Maine. Alex Toupal scored the game-winner Saturday with 1:40 to play in regulation and then Brenna Sullivan provided the drama Sunday afternoon with the winner at 17:41 of the third period.

Saturday also saw a scoreless tie between Marian and St. Catherine. Amanda Alexander stopped 37 shots in goal for the Sabres and Abbi White turned aside 29 for the Wildcats.

Women’s D-III picks: Jan. 2

Happy New Year!

With the calendar flipping to 2015, it also signifies the second half of the season, the time when two points on a nightly basis means more than ever as teams start to jockey for playoff positioning.

This weekend, a handful of ranked teams take the ice, with Candace and Matt making their picks for what promises to be a sound weekend of action.

No. 9 Adrian hosts a tournament, and the Codfish Bowl is being held in Boston. Adrian will be joined by St. Olaf, Connecticut College and Williams, while Massachusetts-Boston, Stevenson, Chatham and Canton take part in the Codfish Bowl.

Friday/Saturday, Jan. 2-3

Codfish Bowl and Adrian Tournament
Candace: I’ll pick Adrian to win its home tournament, beating Williams 3-2 on Friday and then beating St. Olaf in the final 4-2. I’ll take Mass.-Boston to win the Codfish Bowl, beating Canton 4-1 Friday and Chatham 3-2 Saturday.
Matt: I think home cooking suits Adrian at its event and the Bulldogs get two wins pretty handily. Out East, again, I see the home team picking up two victories, but look for Chatham to make some noise. Just a hunch.

No. 8 St. Thomas vs. Bowdoin and Trinity
Candace: Somehow, I think that St. Thomas will lose one here. Bowdoin 3-2, St. Thomas 3-1
Matt: St. Thomas is coming off a loss to Concordia (Minn.) in its last game on Dec. 6, so getting back in the win column is of the highest priority. Not only do the Tommies beat Bowdoin Friday night, but also knock off Trinity on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, Jan. 4

No. 4 Middlebury at No. 2 Elmira
Candace: This could be one of the best games of the year, but I like home ice. Elmira 3-2
Matt: Probably the marquee matchup of the weekend. The two teams have just three losses combined (Elmira is 9-1-0, Middlebury is 5-2-0) and this may shape up to be a goalie battle between Elmira’s Kelcey Crawford and Middlebury’s Madeline Marsh. I see a one-goal game with Elmira coming away with the ‘W.’

Weekend wrap: Dec. 15

Just 11 games went in the record books this past weekend, but even as the schedule was light, the action was quite the opposite.

As far as ranked teams go, No. 10 Wisconsin-Superior swept Marian, but by no means was it an easy task.

Superior started out with a 7-2 win Friday night and then escaped with an 8-7 win Saturday afternoon.

Friday’s win featured 59 shots on Marian goalie Ali Glazer, while Saturday’s victory saw the Yellowjackets score three goals in the first 3:19 to take an 8-6 lead and then hold off a late push from the Sabres.

Fifth-ranked Gustavus Adolphus defeated No. 7 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 3-1 on Saturday as the Gusties scored three in the third, including the game-winner from Emily Reibert at 17:44.

No. 8 Adrian played to a 2-2 tie with Massachusetts-Boston. Kaylyn Schroka scored both for the Bulldogs and Alyssa Sullivan and Angela Dandreo tallied for UMB. Both goaltenders (Adrian’s Jade Walsh, UMB’s Moe Bradley) finished with 31 saves.

Obviously, expect the rankings to see somewhat of a shakeup this week.

In other action, Franklin Pierce went on the road and swept Canton, Potsdam took both at home from New England College, St. Scholastica and Augsburg both topped Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with Augsburg goalie Rebecca Sonnek picking up the 22-save shutout in a 2-0 win, and Bethel edged Concordia (Minn.) 4-3 in overtime Saturday as Megan Niblock played the role of overtime hero 45 seconds into extra time.

Happy Holidays! We’ll see you in 2015!

Weekend picks: Dec. 12

With just 11 games on the Division III women’s schedule this weekend to take us into the holiday break, that doesn’t mean none of the games are meaningful ones.

Ranked teams will take the ice this weekend and will face formidable opponents.

Let’s see what our predictions are for the weekend of Dec. 12-14, shall we?

Marian @ No. 10 Wisconsin-Superior – Dec. 12-13
Candace: Home ice and a better team equals a sweep. Wis.-Superior 4-2, 4-1
Matt: Superior isn’t ranked No. 10 in the country for no reason and I see a sweep here on home ice. Look for a big offensive weekend from Karen Larson and for Superior’s two goaltenders (Megan Leikkari and Kim Kobar) to each grab a win.

No. 7 Wisconsin-Stevens Point @ No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus – Dec. 13
Candace: Gustavus has struggled of late, but they are at home for this one, and I think home wins the night. Gustavus Adolphus 3-2
Matt: Wow – what gives here? This matchup could very well happen once the national tournament rolls around in a few short months. I could take the lazy way out and pick a tie, but instead, I am picking the Pointers, possibly in overtime, by a 4-3 score. Give the game-winner to Ali Biagnini.

No. 8 Adrian @ Massachusetts-Boston – Dec. 13
Candace: Like Matt, I believe that Adrian is just too strong in this one. Adrian 4-1
Matt: Adrian remains undefeated this year and it will stay that way after this contest. Jade Walsh gets the win in goal and Kristen Lewicki scores twice. Just a hunch.

Happy Holidays!

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