MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Norwich University defeated University of Massachusetts Boston 7-0 to earn their eighth overall and second straight New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Championship. The victory also cemented their spot in the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament as they earned the league's automatic-qualification bid.
Senior forward Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.) was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after scoring two goals in the championship tilt.
Reigning NEHC Player of the Year, Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.), added three points on two goals and one assist, Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) added a goal and an assist and freshman defender Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) recorded two assists to round out Norwich's top offensive contributors. Senior goaltender Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) turned aside 19 shots to earn the shutout and her 19th victory on the season.
The Cadets opened the scoring with just over five minutes remaining in the first period as Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) stole the puck behind the Beacons' net and fed a beautiful pass in front of the crease for Schwenzfeier to knock home for the 1-0 lead.
A few minutes later McGovern found Conway who ripped home a shot that knocked off the post and in the net to give Norwich the 2-0 lead after one period of play.
The Cadets came out firing to open the second period as Conway had a step on her defender and blasted a shot on goal. Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) made the initial save but McGovern came barreling in to blast home the rebound and put Norwich up 3-0.
Later in the period Norwich found themselves with a 5-on-3 advantage and they made it count. Schwenzfeier notched her second goal of the game as she made a nifty move around her defender and beat Myette high stick side and the Cadets increased their lead 4-0.
After killing off a Beacons power play opportunity the Cadets were on attack yet again. Kelley Madden (Novelty, Ohio) found Carly Menges (Novelty, Ohio) just in front of the blue line and she sniped home a shot through traffic to put Norwich on top 5-0.
Norwich kept it rolling in the third as Conway skated past her defender and blasted a goal passed Myette's glove for the 6-0 lead. It was then Maddi Blauth (Pennington, N.J.) who scored the seventh and final goal of the day unassisted on the power play.
Norwich will await the NCAA Selection Show on Monday morning at 10:00am to learn their matchup for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
2018 NEHC Women's All-Tournament Team
Forward: Sarah Schwenzfeier, Norwich University
Forward: Amanda Conway, Norwich University
Forward: Sophie McGovern, Norwich University
Forward: Alli Bianchini, University of Massachusetts Boston
Defense: Samantha Benoit, Norwich University
Goaltender: Laurie King, Norwich University
Most Valuable Player: Sarah Schwenzfeier, Norwich University