Women’s D-I wrap: March 08

RIT duplicates CHA run
Last season, RIT knocked off the top two seeds as it earned its first CHA title. This time, the Tigers took out the league’s top three seeds, and its reward paired a CHA trophy with an NCAA invitation.

Once again, the second overtime proved kind to the Tigers in the championship game versus Syracuse. Carly Payerl scored a pretty goal on a wrist shot 3:15 into the second extra session. Morgan Scoyne hit her at center ice, and Payerl worked a give-and-go with Kolbee McCrea at the blue line to gain the zone. Lindsay Grigg’s goal 30 seconds into the third frame had tied the game at 1-1, equaling the tally a period earlier from Emily Costales for the Orange. Ali Binnington was again named tourney MVP after making 44 saves in the final.

The Tigers gained entry into the title game by dropping host Mercyhurst, 4-1. Mackenzie Stone deposited the winning goal with just over a minute left in the second period. RIT also got goals from Marissa Maugeri, Cassie Clayton, and Caitlin Wallace. Binnington earned an assist on Wallace’s empty-netter and finished with 26 saves.

Syracuse advanced with a 2-0 shutout of Penn State. Jenn Gilligan stopped 11 shots. Allie LaCombe scored the opening goal short-handed and assisted on Kaillie Goodnough’s power-play tally.

Poulin propels Boston University to Hockey East glory
Boston University and Marie-Philip Poulin demonstrated that they were done playing second fiddle to Boston College and Alex Carpenter in Hockey East. Poulin scored the Terriers’ first two goals in the league’s title game and then assisted on Sarah Lefort’s goal into an empty net that clinched the 4-1 win over the Eagles, gaining Poulin tournament MVP recognition. BU has now won the championship four years running. Victoria Hanson made 32 saves, including denying Emily Field on a breakaway that would have tied the game. Maddie Elia netted the other BU goal on a power-play rush. Carpenter scored the lone goal for BC on a redirection.

Poulin’s hat trick was more than enough offense for Boston University to end Northeastern’s season with a 6-1 verdict in the semifinal. Her hat trick was in the books and the lead was five goals by the time the Huskies got on the scoreboard in the third period. Poulin added an assist, and senior defenseman Shannon Doyle had a goal and two helpers.

Elaine Chulie made 51 saves to allow Connecticut to hang around against BC, but UConn wasn’t able to generate enough offense to pull the upset, as the Eagles advanced with a 3-1 win. Kaliya Johnson and Haley Skarupa got pucks by Chulie, and Carpenter found an empty net. Katie Burt made 19 saves, yielding a lone tally to Kayla Campero.

Harvard explodes late to secure ECAC crown
Trailing Cornell, 2-1, early in the third period, Harvard rattled off five straight goals and cruised to a 7-3 win, earning the ECAC Championship and denying the Big Red a spot in the NCAA field. Tournament most outstanding player Sarah Edney scored two goals with an assist; Mary Parker matched that and added an extra helper. Jillian Saulnier scored twice for Cornell, and Emily Fulton assisted three times.

Harvard rallied to defeat Quinnipiac, 2-1 in overtime, in its semifinal. Miye D’Oench went to the net to score the winning goal at the 2:39 mark. Edney was credited with the tying goal in the third period when a Bobcats skater knocked her seemingly harmless shot out of the air and into the net. Emma Woods had given Quinnipiac a lead six minutes into the game. Emmerance Maschmeyer made 30 saves to garner the victory for the Crimson.

Cornell also staged a comeback to advance over Clarkson, 3-1. Saulnier and Hanna Bunton struck 23 seconds apart seven minutes into the third period to give the Big Red a 2-1 lead, and Brianne Jenner provided an insurance goal six minutes later. Paula Voorheis saved 19 shots, yielding only a first-period tally to Cayley Mercer, as Cornell dropped the Golden Knights in the league playoffs for the second straight year.

Nurse delivers WCHA title for the Badgers
Sarah Nurse demonstrated the scoring punch Wisconsin possesses on its third line. The sophomore scored twice in the opening period of the final against Bemidji State, first on a laser to the top corner and then on a creative shot from behind the goal line. By the time she added a third-period assist, she’d wrapped up the tournament’s most outstanding player award. Ann-Renée Desbiens dealt with the 15 shots the Beavers mustered. Karley Sylvester and Katarina Zgraja had the other Wisconsin tallies in the 4-0 triumph.

Nurse scored twice and added an assist as Wisconsin ended North Dakota’s second-half run with a 4-1 win. Mellissa Channell gave the Badgers a first-period lead and Sydney McKibbon doubled it in the next stanza. Desbiens made 26 saves, with only Tori Williams able to score for UND.

Bemidji State reached the first championship game in program history with its second 1-0 shutout of Minnesota of the season. Junior Stephanie Anderson scored the game’s lone goal on a third-period rush. Brittani Mowat saved all 37 shots that came her way.

NCAA field
Cornell, North Dakota, and Syracuse all came up a win short of the NCAA tourney, leaving us the following tournament bracket:

RIT at No. 1 Minnesota
BU at No. 4 Wisconsin
Quinnipiac at No. 3 Harvard
Clarkson at No. 2 BC

24 COMMENTS

  1. As a BU Alum that watched Parker Millner’s excellent second half last year, he is not playing the same way. Routinely last year, during the streak, Millner bailed out his defense after they made egregious decisions. The other thing that BC did last year (and not nearly enough this year) was to weather the early storm from the opposition, often getting outshot and outplayed, only to convert on BC’s first quality chance.

    Last year, you could see teams give a massive effort to sneak one past Millner, trying for perfect shots, then give up a back-breaking counter-attack goal. It was clinical last year. Frankly, I have not seen it from BC this year. The Hockey East semifinal loss to BU was just the culmination of an indifferent BC season.

    Maybe the Eagles get hot, but to say they have an easy road is based on BC teams of the past. Not sure this edition can take advantage.

    • As a BC fan, I have to agree with Mr. Crowley. I think we are most likely to see a QU-Union final in Providence. :(

      UML, despite their first round match up, has the best shot of all the HEA teams to make the FF. I expect UNH to lose to Denver tonight.

  2. As a BU Alum that watched Parker Millner’s excellent second half last year, he is not playing the same way. Routinely last year, during the streak, Millner bailed out his defense after they made egregious decisions. The other thing that BC did last year (and not nearly enough this year) was to weather the early storm from the opposition, often getting outshot and outplayed, only to convert on BC’s first quality chance.

    Last year, you could see teams give a massive effort to sneak one past Millner, trying for perfect shots, then give up a back-breaking counter-attack goal. It was clinical last year. Frankly, I have not seen it from BC this year. The Hockey East semifinal loss to BU was just the culmination of an indifferent BC season.

    Maybe the Eagles get hot, but to say they have an easy road is based on BC teams of the past. Not sure this edition can take advantage.

    • As a BC fan, I have to agree with Mr. Crowley. I think we are most likely to see a QU-Union final in Providence. :(

      UML, despite their first round match up, has the best shot of all the HEA teams to make the FF. I expect UNH to lose to Denver tonight.

  3. As a Union College Alum I’ve seen this program steadily improve over the years. While every year the conference is at a disadvantage due to not being able to give scholarships, as is the case with most hockey experts they underestimate the quality of the competition of the ECAC.

    First, I agree with Joseph that BC is very beatable this year. I think the game will be close but I agree with the ECAC blog that Union will win this one because their goalie is just as good as Parker Millner, Union plays a great trap defense and stays in lanes to basically kill any offensive rally, and they have the speed and talent to stay with BC. Close game but Union will prevail in the first game 4-1. Also, IF BC does win they won’t get by QU.

    Lastly. because my sister went to BC I have a bit of a wager on the line so go Dutchmen! (ESPN guys it’s the Dutchmen NOT the FLYING DUTCHMEN. We aren’t talking about Hobart! )

  4. As a Union College Alum I’ve seen this program steadily improve over the years. While every year the conference is at a disadvantage due to not being able to give scholarships, as is the case with most hockey experts they underestimate the quality of the competition of the ECAC.

    First, I agree with Joseph that BC is very beatable this year. I think the game will be close but I agree with the ECAC blog that Union will win this one because their goalie is just as good as Parker Millner, Union plays a great trap defense and stays in lanes to basically kill any offensive rally, and they have the speed and talent to stay with BC. Close game but Union will prevail in the first game 4-1. Also, IF BC does win they won’t get by QU.

    Lastly. because my sister went to BC I have a bit of a wager on the line so go Dutchmen! (ESPN guys it’s the Dutchmen NOT the FLYING DUTCHMEN. We aren’t talking about Hobart! )

  5. If the Milner (BC Goalie) that won the Tournament MVP last year returns, its all over for rest of College Hockey. If the BC Eagles that went 13-2-1 to start this year return, its all over for College Hockey. If not, we are going to have a whale of a game.

  6. If the Milner (BC Goalie) that won the Tournament MVP last year returns, its all over for rest of College Hockey. If the BC Eagles that went 13-2-1 to start this year return, its all over for College Hockey. If not, we are going to have a whale of a game.

  7. Maybe someone can explain to me why a team that ends up #1 in the rankings RPI gets selected #2 in the brackets, because of pairwise?. It can’t be due to travel expenses because RIT is closer to BC than Clarkson while to MN both need to take a plane no matter what. The Classy and logical thing to do was to move BU one spot down. Not only would they stay in Boston where home crowd would be able to attend against Harvard, they would have saved money with no travel expenses and no same conference matchups would happen (QU playing Harvard with all ECAC teams on the same side of the bracket). Otherwise you are just telling teams no matter how hard they work they don’t get to be #1. Tell me when was the last time a WCHA team was ranked #1 in RPI and was made a different seed? When was the last time they chose pairwise over RPI?. Just because MN is the hosting team for the Frozen Four doesn’t mean they get to play the only team ranked outside the top 10, heck top 20! Nothing against MN, they are a great team but the truth is they got beaten by #10 team in the semifinals while BC only lost in the finals to #6 at that moment. From where I’m standing the numbers don’t logically add up.
    Congrats to all the conference champions!

    • BC may be first in RPI, but Minny wins the Pairwise comparison between them 2-1. There are four pairwise criteria: RPI (BC), record against teams under contention (Minny), record against common opponents (Minny), and Head-to-Head (push).

      RPI isn’t everything.

    • Every statistically sound ranking I can find (KRACH, Rutter, WCHODR, Massey) favor Minnesota (slightly) over BC, so the NCAA’s Pairwise is right to favor Minnesota (slightly) over BC for the top seed. Minnesota’s better relative performance vs. St. Lawrence and BU was the key. The NCAA uses other criteria in part because of the RPI’s flaws, and the other criteria provide an appropriate correction to the RPI.

    • It seems weird at its face, since BC’s two losses were tournament losses to Harvard (Beanpot) and BU (HE Championship), teams in the NCAA. One of the ties was to BU and I think the other was to UConn.

      In the end, one or two means little, since the Frozen Four remain at the same place. I understand that on paper Clarkson is a tougher matchup than RIT, but all eight teams will be a tough matchup.

      I hope for a BU/BC final, with a lot of goals from the Poulin line.

    • To have BU play BC in the first round would have moved BU down two in the Pairwise, as well as set up a first round Hockey East matchup seven days after the HE final. First round matchups are avoided when possible and it makes little sense to punish BU after the conference tournament win.

      BU at Wisconsin we have a great crowd and Clarkson will travel well to Chestnut Hill.

  8. Maybe someone can explain to me why a team that ends up #1 in the rankings RPI gets selected #2 in the brackets, because of pairwise?. It can’t be due to travel expenses because RIT is closer to BC than Clarkson while to MN both need to take a plane no matter what. The Classy and logical thing to do was to move BU one spot down. Not only would they stay in Boston where home crowd would be able to attend against Harvard, they would have saved money with no travel expenses and no same conference matchups would happen (QU playing Harvard with all ECAC teams on the same side of the bracket). Otherwise you are just telling teams no matter how hard they work they don’t get to be #1. Tell me when was the last time a WCHA team was ranked #1 in RPI and was made a different seed? When was the last time they chose pairwise over RPI?. Just because MN is the hosting team for the Frozen Four doesn’t mean they get to play the only team ranked outside the top 10, heck top 20! Nothing against MN, they are a great team but the truth is they got beaten by #10 team in the semifinals while BC only lost in the finals to #6 at that moment. From where I’m standing the numbers don’t logically add up.
    Congrats to all the conference champions!

    • BC may be first in RPI, but Minny wins the Pairwise comparison between them 2-1. There are four pairwise criteria: RPI (BC), record against teams under contention (Minny), record against common opponents (Minny), and Head-to-Head (push).

      RPI isn’t everything.

    • Every statistically sound ranking I can find (KRACH, Rutter, WCHODR, Massey) favor Minnesota (slightly) over BC, so the NCAA’s Pairwise is right to favor Minnesota (slightly) over BC for the top seed. Minnesota’s better relative performance vs. St. Lawrence and BU was the key. The NCAA uses other criteria in part because of the RPI’s flaws, and the other criteria provide an appropriate correction to the RPI.

    • It seems weird at its face, since BC’s two losses were tournament losses to Harvard (Beanpot) and BU (HE Championship), teams in the NCAA. One of the ties was to BU and I think the other was to UConn.

      In the end, one or two means little, since the Frozen Four remain at the same place. I understand that on paper Clarkson is a tougher matchup than RIT, but all eight teams will be a tough matchup.

      I hope for a BU/BC final, with a lot of goals from the Poulin line.

    • To have BU play BC in the first round would have moved BU down two in the Pairwise, as well as set up a first round Hockey East matchup seven days after the HE final. First round matchups are avoided when possible and it makes little sense to punish BU after the conference tournament win.

      BU at Wisconsin we have a great crowd and Clarkson will travel well to Chestnut Hill.

  9. Two Hockey East schools and three ECAC schools in the tourney. This is great for the growth of the sport.

    Fascinating to see RIT, always very good in Division III, win their way into the tournament.

    GO BU! You could have a run through Wisconsin and Minnesota, revenge for finals games, and then play against BC for the final that would be sweet!

  10. Two Hockey East schools and three ECAC schools in the tourney. This is great for the growth of the sport.

    Fascinating to see RIT, always very good in Division III, win their way into the tournament.

    GO BU! You could have a run through Wisconsin and Minnesota, revenge for finals games, and then play against BC for the final that would be sweet!

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