MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's postseason tournament concluded its quarterfinal round on Saturday and saw top seeds Norwich University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Castleton University and Plymouth State University all advance to the semifinal round.
One seed Norwich will host fourth seeded Plymouth State while second seeded UMass Boston will host three seed Castleton in the semifinals. Both games will be played at the campus of the higher seed.
The Cadets cruised through the quarterfinals, defeating New England College 10-0. Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) and Jessica Piracini (Tewksbury, Mass.) each posted two goals and an assist to lead the Norwich offense. Blue liner Robyn Foley (Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador) also notched three points on a goal and two assists.
Seventh-seeded Salve Regina University pushed UMass Boston to the edge, but the Beacons rallied, thanks in large part to a three-goal third period, to advance to the semifinals with a 5-3 victory. Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) showed her resiliency one again, notching the game-tying goal with under a second on the clock in the second period. Kayleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) sniped home the game winner over eight minutes into the third and the Beacons never looked back.
The Spartans used a three goal second period to propel them to a 5-2 victory over the University of Southern Maine. NEHC Rookie of the Year, Ali Stevens (Jefferson, Mass.), along with Spartan teammates Nicolle Trivino (Georgetown, Ont.) and Aimee Briand (Barrington, N.H.) all recorded second period goals to lead the Spartans into the semifinals. Briand led all Spartan skaters with three points on a goal and two assists
It took overtime to settle the battle between four and five, but the home team prevailed as Plymouth State eked out a 3-2 win over University of New England. Olivia MacMillan (Walpole, Mass.) tied the game with a power play tally at the 14-minute mark in the second period. The third period saw a back-and-forth battle before Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) blasted home Julie Nagel's (Canton, Mass.) pass in overtime to send the Panthers to the semifinals. Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) posted 22 saves in the victory, including seven in the overtime frame.
Three Stick Taps
- USM's goaltender, Britney Evangelista stopped 40 shots through two periods in the losing effort for the Huskies.
- Second-year Head Coach Mykul Hahn and the Plymouth State Panthers made history twice this weekend. Saturday's contest marked the first home game and first playoff victory in the history of the program.
- Jane Morrisette further solidified her clutch play, notching the game-tying tally for UMB on Saturday. While Saturday marked her first game-tying goal on the year, her five game-winners on the season rank tops in the NEHC and are tied for third-most in all of Division III.
NEHC Semifinals Schedule – Saturday, February 25
#4 Plymouth State at #1 Norwich – 3pm
#3 Castleton at #2 UMass Boston – 3pm