Women’s D-I wrap: March 15

Seeds hold in NCAA quarterfinals
Over the weekend, nail-biting finishes, overtimes, and upsets abounded. That statement was likely true in some tournament in some sport, but none of it applied in the NCAA Women’s Collegiate Tournament on Saturday, where the four host teams had their games well in hand as the time ticked down.

Boston College dethrones Clarkson
We are guaranteed a new national champion after Boston College knocked out Clarkson, 5-1. As has been the case much of the year, junior forward Alex Carpenter impelled the charge for the Eagles, scoring the first two goals and assisting on a third. Carpenter’s shot under the crossbar was the only goal of the first period. She cut to the middle and found the five-hole on Golden Knights’ goaltender Shea Tiley 23 seconds into the second frame. Kristyn Capizzano buried a rebound off the end wall 15 minutes later. Daniella Matteucci’s third-period goal was the only one of 21 Clarkson shots to elude Katie Burt, who won her first NCAA tournament start. Haley Skarupa got that goal back seconds after a Clarkson penalty expired, and Toni Ann Miano found an empty net to conclude the scoring. BC finishes its home season a perfect 19-0 in Conte Forum.

Harvard blanks Quinnipiac
Harvard gained the Frozen Four for the first time since 2008 by stopping Quinnipiac, 5-0. Emerance Maschmeyer handled all 20 shots that the Bobcats sent her way, her third shutout of the year. Abigail Frazer put the Crimson on top to stay before the game was five minutes old with a goal from the left point. Tallies from Haley Mullins, Samantha Reber, Sydney Daniels, and Karly Heffernan followed. Frazer, Heffernan, and Lexi Laing produced two-point games.

Harvard will collide with BC in the second semifinal on Friday. The two squads split their two regular-season meetings. The Eagles took the first game in a rout that delivered insult, while the Crimson earned a closely-contested Beanpot championship to impart greater injury.

Wisconsin continues mastery of Boston University
Freshman Annie Pankowski finished on a breakaway three minutes into Wisconsin’s 5-1 triumph over Boston University, and the Badgers were off and running, peppering the BU net with 48 shots in the contest. Katarina Zgraja doubled the margin at the 15:54 mark, and Pankowski potted her second goal a period later. Emily Clark put UW up four by the second intermission. Jenny Ryan added a power-play goal before Victoria Bach scored for the Terriers to deny Ann-Renée Desbiens a shutout. Wisconsin has taken all five of the head-to-head matches versus BU.

Minnesota ends storybook run by RIT
Top-seeded Minnesota survived a mess of its own making and posted a 6-2 victory over RIT to end the Tigers’ first foray into the NCAA tournament. Milica McMillen and Kate Schipper scored to give the Gophers a two-goal lead in the first five minutes, but Minnesota lost two members of its second line to major penalties and game misconducts by the first period intermission. Carly Payerl took advantage and fired in the first of her two goals on the day, but the Gophers responded with power-play tallies by Rachel Ramsey, Maryanne Menefee, and Hannah Brandt to assume a 5-1 lead just past the midway point. Payerl’s second marker gave the Tigers some late hope, but Lee Stecklein squelched it with a short-handed goal into an empty net. Schipper and Brandt tallied three points.

The Badgers and Gophers will square off in the first semifinal on Friday. It will be the teams’ third NCAA tourney game in the last four years, despite the fact that the two haven’t met in the conference tournament once over that stretch.


  1. So I guess a practical question is why wouldn’t Colgate just roll over and let Cornell win?   I certainly hope they don’t and I think they will give 100%, but for the collective good of the conference (and this includes Colgate) it does make sense to have as many ECAC teams in the NCAAs as possible.   I am a huge supporter of ECAC hockey, but this weekend is allowing itself to turn into a joke.  Everyone thinks it is a joke, so now it is becoming a self fulfilling prophecy or something. First, the no TV coverage.  Second, there are about 18 people in the stands.  Now, a consolation game will decide possibly if an extra team gets in the NCAAs.  I don’t know a lot about the Commissioner, but from what I am seeing right now b4 my eyes.  I think he needs to go.    

    • Agreed. Other leagues don’t have a “consolation” game, why does the ECAC?
      In this case it may be helpful for the Big Dance, but not in all scenarios year to year. And AC is a joke—million miles from the league (kinda like Tampa. Tampa?). Union radio announcers said there were all sorts of issues at that arena last night. And no TV.  No wonder folks disrespect the ECAC.

      •  The primary reason the ECAC has a consolation game is to potentially give a semifinal loser an opportunity to boost its PairWise standing one last time. Of course, it could hurt such a team as well.

        Also, there is a third-place trophy… so there’s that.

    • Now, a consolation game will decide possibly if an extra team gets in the NCAAs.

      Does it?  What would happen to the Pairwise if today’s consolation game didn’t happen?  If Cornell gets in with a tie my guess is they would get in if the game didn’t happen.

  2. Gate Radio praised the Boarwalk rink during his broadcast, even pointing out the great mural at one end. While I’ll always support Gate Raider’s observations, the one thing he didn’t mention was the empty seats. Putting the playoffs next to the ocean and tons of sand – but no fans – makes no sense and is illogical. Putting it anywhere north of the NY-NJ border would be a much better idea. Let’s hope the ECAC wakes up and ends this travesty.

  3. I’m going! Make it 19 people in the stands! My bro and his family are on their way to pick me up in Brooklyn and we are off to AC to support our Union Flying Dutchmen!

    But yeah, AC is really far away from these teams. ECAC should talk to Ratner at the Barclays center (who is trying to woo the Islanders off Long Island.) The Barclays center in Brooklyn is easy to NJ Transit, Amtrak, Metro North and has a ton of hotels around it. That covers pretty much everyone but Cornell which is in the middle of nowhere anyway. Looks like it will be a great venue. And I like to lobby o bring any hockey to my backyard. AC is a hole and 3 hours away from everything.

    • How quickly can an arena put in ice?  I assume Barclays won’t normally have ice down because it won’t have a hockey team tenant.  At a shared arena they just put the basketball floor over the ice.  My point is, how many days without a Nets game would be necessary for Barclays to put in the ice and let us have a two day tournament?  Not that I believe it would ever happen anyway.

      I vote to go back to Boston.  Have the ECAC semifinals on Thursday.  Let HE have theirs on Friday.  Double header championship on Saturday.  Eliminate the consolation game.  

      • Barclays was built with an NHL regulation rink and the switch takes the normal two hours when the ice is down. There are Islanders exhibition games scheduled in October this year. There are supposed to be other uses for the rink too. So I’m thinking they can have the ice down for an ECAC tourney.
        I totally agree on getting rid of the consolation game. And have two tourneys in one spot would be killer. But ECAC championship in NYC? So beyond awesome!

  4. Dan Frigen at one point during the 1st game: “Pretty nice crowd here”.  Maybe he was talking about how polite the few people there were in the place.

  5. Dan Frigen comment during the 1st game, “Pretty nice crowd here for this game”.  Maybe he was taking about how polite the fans were?

  6. loved the quality of america ones broadcast by RPI.  It was decent but nothing like TV.  Loved all the fans in the stands what was the total couldnt find it anywhere but by the look of it there were id say 500 LOL.  Get out of AC and head back to Lake Placid!!!!!

    •  He has encountered a scenario that challenges his previously held beliefs, so he must accommodate the new information somehow… so yes, I do believe I am.

      • I always thought cognitive dissonance meant a person maintains their original belief even when presented with overwhelming evidence that that they are wrong.  I don’t think the fact that the game is relevant this year means the game is relevant. And Schafer acknowledges that the game has meaning this year.  

        But I have to ask, is the game really relevant?  Sure if Cornell wins (or ties), they’re in.  Cornell loses, they’re out.  What if the game didn’t happen?  I could see it being ironic if Cornell was currently on the outside looking in and needed a win but there was no consolation game.

      • But we didn’t need the consolation to make the tournament. Without a consolation game, we would have finished 14th in PWR and still made the tournament, demonstrating its uselessness. The only reason we needed to win it was because it exists. That’s not cognitive dissonance at all because the fact that it could only have hurt us reinforced Schafer’s argument that it is a mostly useless game.


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