Women's hockey hosts NESCAC championship quarterfinal

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

Hamilton College hosts Bowdoin College at Russell Sage Rink for a 2017 NESCAC Women's Hockey Championship quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.

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Admission for this event is free of charge. The Hamilton women are hosting a quarterfinal for the first time since 2007. The teams split their two-game season series at Sage Rink as Bowdoin edged the Continentals 2-1 on Feb. 3, and Hamilton erased a two-goal deficit in the third period en route to a 3-2 overtime win on Feb. 4.

The Continentals (14-7-3 overall) are the third seed -- their highest seeding ever -- for the championship. Hamilton finished in third place in the NESCAC standings with a 9-5-2 record in conference play during the regular season. The Continentals are 5-4-1 at home, and they have set a program record with the 14 victories this season.

Hamilton has a 3-14 all-time record in the championship and the Continentals are 0-2 against Bowdoin. The two losses were in the 2004 and 2005 semifinals.

Hamilton is fifth in NCAA Division III in scoring defense with 1.29 goals allowed per game and fourth in penalty kill at 91.8 percent. The Continentals average the fourth-fewest penalty minutes in the division at 6.5 per game.

Hamilton goaltender Sam Walther '18 is tied for the Division III lead with a team-record eight shutouts. Walther, who has started all 16 conference games, is fourth in the NESCAC with a 1.18 goals against average and .956 save percentage in conference contests.

Katie Parkman '17 is fourth in the NESCAC with 22 points and tied for second with 13 assists. Parkman and Andrea Rockey '19 have scored nine goals apiece, and Megan Ahern '17 has been credited with 10 assists. Rockey and Ahern have 14 points apiece and Michaela Giuttari '20 is second in the conference in first-year scoring with 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists). The Continentals average exactly two goals per game.

The Polar Bears (12-8-4) are the sixth seed for the championship as they finished in a tie for fifth place in the NESCAC standings with a record of 7-6-3. Bowdoin is 6-4-3 away from home this season. The Polar Bears are 19-12 all-time in the championship with NESCAC titles in 2002, 2004 and 2013.

Bowdoin averages 1.88 goals per game and allows 1.62 per contest. The Polar Bears have allowed 22 of their 39 goals in the third period and Hamilton has scored 26 of its 48 goals after the second intermission.

Julie Dachille is fifth in the conference with 10 goals and leads Bowdoin with 17 points. Brooke Solomon has seven goals and 15 points and Marissa Fichter has scored eight goals and has a total of 11 points. Brigit Bergin tops the team with nine assists and has 11 points. Kerri St. Denis has started 12 of the 16 NESCAC games and has a 1.22 goals against average and .958 save percentage with four shutouts in those contests. Sophia Lattanzio (1.76 gaa, .938 save pct.) has started the other four conference games in goal.