NCAA D-III Women’s Pairings Announced

The 2007 NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey tournament bracket was announced Sunday night. The No. 1 team in the country, Plattsburgh State, will host the Division III Women’s Championships on March 16 and 17. The Cardinals also received the bye into the semifinal round that begins on March 16.

Joining Plattsburgh in the tournament is NESCAC Champion Amherst who upset Middlebury 2-1 in triple-overtime Sunday afternoon. The remaining automatic bids went to MIAC Champion Gustavus Adolphus and ECAC East Champion Manhattanville who upset RIT.

Middlebury and RIT both qualified for the tournament as they were both awarded Pool C bids as a result of their strong regular seasons. Rounding out the field is Wisconsin-Stevens Point who was awarded the Pool B bid as the highest ranking team in a conference which does no have an automatic bid.

RIT will host Amherst, Middlebury will host Manhattanville, and Gustavus Adolphus will host Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Amherst/RIT winner will match-up against Plattsburgh in the semifinals while the Manhattanville/Middlebury winner will meet the Wisconsin-Stevens Point/Gustavus Adolphus winner in the other semifinal.