Women’s D-I picks: March 7

Well, I didn’t get off to that great a start in my postseason picks. The ECAC really messed with my percentages, but overall, I did well, and correctly picked all but two series. I went 18-9 (.666).

Let’s see how I can do this weekend. If my semifinal picks are wrong, I will update this page.

Friday, March 7

Syracuse at Mercyhurst
This should be a close one, but I expect the Lakers to come out on top. Mercyhurst 3-2

RIT vs. Robert Morris
I’m seriously tempted to go with the Tigers for the upset, but I think RMU will come through. Robert Morris 3-2

Minnesota-Duluth vs. Minnesota
The Gophers are still the tournament favorites until proven otherwise. Minnesota 4-1

North Dakota vs. Wisconsin
The Badgers have generally been kryptonite to UND. Despite their misstep last weekend against Minnesota State, I think they will win a close defensive battle. Wisconsin 2-1

Saturday, March 8

Quinnipiac at Clarkson
The Bobcats won this battle a couple of weeks ago, which might help Clarkson, as it will know to avoid the letdown. Clarkson 2-1

Cornell vs. Harvard
Which wins, offense or defense? Generally, I’d say defense, except Harvard’s has been porous of late. Cornell 4-2

Vermont vs. Boston College
The Catamounts played the Eagles tough the last time these two faced each other, but I don’t think they can contain BC’s high-flying offense. Boston College 4-1

Northeastern vs. Boston University
Both looked shaky last weekend, so I’ll go with the Huskies as my upset special. Northeastern 3-2

Robert Morris vs. Mercyhurst
These two split their season series, and RMU won over the Lakers in the tournament two years ago, but I think home ice gives Mercyhurst the edge. Mercyhurst 3-2

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota
The Badgers couldn’t put a dent in the Gophers all season long, and I don’t think they will here either. Minnesota 3-1

Sunday, March 9

Cornell at Clarkson
A game that should see a little bit of everything. Clarkson is at home, and Cornell has looked shaky defensively, so I’ll go with Clarkson. Clarkson 4-2

Northeastern vs. Boston College
A rematch of the Beanpot final won’t produce a different result. Boston College 3-1