NEHC Women's Championship Preview

MARSHFIELD, Mass. The semifinal field is set for the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Women's Championship weekend. Number one seed Norwich University (15-2-0) will face number five seed University of New England (7-9-1) in the first semifinal. The other game will pit two seed Manhattanville College (12-4-1) against three seed University of Massachusetts Boston (12-5-0). Both semifinals will take place on Friday, March 3 with the finals slated for Saturday, March 4. All games will be played at Kreitzberg Arena on the campus of Norwich.

Norwich is looking for their seventh NEHC title in the past nine seasons. After leading the league in freshman scoring NEHC Rookie of the Year, Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) aims to continue her impressive rookie campaign through the postseason. Her 23 total points rank fifth on the team. The Cadets also boast a pair of juniors in Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.) and Kim Tiberi (Raleigh, N.C.) who have each notched 33 points on the season. Tiberi's 1.59 points per game ranked first amongst NEHC defenseman scoring.

University of New England is riding high after defeating four seed Castleton University, 3-2. All three Nor'easter goals came on the power play with Julianne Sheehan (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Abby Kinens (Houlton, Maine) each recording two points in the quarterfinal victory. Senior forward Gabby Crugnale (Malden, Mass.) aims to carry her offensive success into the postseason as she led UNE with 16 points during the regular season.

Manhattanville punched their ticket into the semifinals in decisive fashion after a convincing 6-2 victory last weekend. Nicole Mensi (Mamaronek, N.Y.) and Sarah Sinning (Southold, N.Y.) continue to be offensive powers for the Valiants, notching one and two points respectively in the quarterfinal round. Rose Pijaca (Worcester, Mass.) recorded her eighth victory on the season in net for the Valiants after posting 21 saves in the victory.

After notching their sixth straight win, UMass Boston heads into the semifinals for a rematch against Manhattanville from the end of the NEHC regular season, which the Beacons won 3-2. After scoring two points in the quarterfinal victory Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) ranks second on the Beacons with 17 points on seven goals and ten assists. Rachel Myette (Pembroke, Mass.) has been a force in net all season, with her .932 save percentage ranking third in the NEHC.

NEHC Women's Postseason Tournament Schedule

Friday, March 3
(1) Norwich University vs. (5) University of New England - 4:00pm
(2) Manhattanville College vs. (3) University of Massachusetts Boston -7:00pm

Saturday, March 4
Championship Game - 3:00pm

*All games played at Kreitzberg Arena on the campus of Norwich University