Norwich Tabbed Top-Seed In NCAA Tournament

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. The Norwich University women's ice hockey team will host Morrisville State College on Saturday, March 10 at 3 p.m. in a NCAA Division III Tournament Quarterfinal matchup at Kreitzberg Arena.

Six total teams earned automatic-qualifications to the nine-team field while three teams were awarded at-large bids.

Norwich (24-1-3) won its eighth New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Tournament title with a 7-0 victory over University of Massachusetts Boston to secure an automatic bid into the nine-team NCAA tournament. The Cadets will be making their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in just 11 years as a varsity program.

Morrisville State (17-7-3) won the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) Tournament for the second straight year with a 3-2 overtime win over Endicott College on Sunday. The Mustangs will be making their first NCAA Tournament appearance in just their third year as a varsity program. Morrisville claimed the first-ever automatic bid from the CHC with its victory.

The Cadets boast the top offense in the country, scoring 5.68 goals per game. The team has nine players with more than 20 points on the season and five with over 30. Leading the way offensively is NEHC Player of the Year Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.). Her 51 points (29 goals, 22 assists) are tied for third most nationally.

Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) and Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) round out the top three offensive contributors for the Cadets with 41 (21 goals, 20 assists) and 39 (14 goals, 25 assists) respectively.

Senior netminder Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) has been one of the strongest goaltenders in the nation throughout the year. Her nine shutouts are tied for third most in the country while her 1.16 goals against average ranks sixth.

The opposing Mustangs are led by freshman forward Alexziz Giannamore (Pittsburgh, Pa.) whose 18 points (14 goals, 4 assists) pace Morrisville's offense. The team boasts seven total skaters with double-digit points scored.

The potent Cadet offense will be put to task against Mustang goaltender Karoline Arvik (Trondheim, Norway). Arvik also ranks amongst the toughest goaltenders in all of Division III. Her nine shutouts are tied with King for third most in the country while her 1.22 goals against average ranks seventh.

With a victory on Saturday, Norwich would host the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship on Friday, March 16 and 17 for the first time in program history.

Ticket information will be available at www.cadetstickets.com.