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.