Norwich Set to Take On Hamline In NCAA Semifinals


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NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Norwich University and Kreitzberg Arena have been selected to host the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship for the first time in program history.

This will mark the fourth overall NCAA Ice Hockey Championship weekend that Kreitzberg Arena has hosted after it held the men's championship in 1999, 2003 and 2004.

The Norwich University women's ice hockey team punched its ticket to its second straight national semifinal appearance and seventh overall, following an 8-2 victory over Morrisville State on Saturday afternoon.

The No. 1/2-nationally ranked Cadets carry a 25-1-3 record and are on a 16-game unbeaten streak earning the right to host the Division III women's hockey ultimate weekend.

Norwich will be joined by four-time defending national champion Plattsburgh State, perennial powerhouse Elmira College and NCAA Tournament first-timer Hamline University to round out the 2018 field.

Plattsburgh State and Elmira College will meet in the first semifinal at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, while Norwich will take on Hamline University in the nightcap at 7 p.m. The Third Place Game will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, followed by the National Championship at 7 p.m.

No. 2/1-ranked Plattsburgh State (24-2-2) is making its 12th national semifinal appearance following a 3-1 win over Middlebury College on Saturday. The Cardinals have won a NCAA Division III-record six national championships (2007, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). Plattsburgh State qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the inaugural Northeast Women's Hockey League title.

No. 3-ranked Elmira College (24-2-2) is making its 10th national semifinal appearance after downing defending national runner up Adrian College 2-0 on Saturday. The Soaring Eagles have won three NCAA Division III National Championships with the latest coming in 2013. Elmira also won the first two NCAA D-III titles ever awarded in 2002 and 2003. Elmira qualified for the NCAA Tournament with a Pool B at-large bid and winning the first United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) title.

No. 7/6-ranked Hamline University (21-4-3) is making its first-ever national semifinal appearance after defeating UW-Eau Claire 3-2 on Saturday in Minnesota. The Pipers won their first-ever MIAC Tournament title to qualify and they are now making the most of their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's 18-year history. HU is coached by former United States Olympic and National women's ice hockey team player Natalie Darwitz.

Tickets are expected to be available starting Monday afternoon at Ticket prices will be $25 for an adult all-session pass to all four games and $15 for youth/student. Single day passes will be $15 for adults and $10 for youth/student. The Kreitzberg Arena box office will open at 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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