Women's hockey hosts 2018 NESCAC championship quarterfinal

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

Hamilton College hosts Bowdoin College in a 2018 NESCAC Women's Hockey Championship quarterfinal at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.

NESCAC preview

The winner will move on to the semifinals on Saturday, March 3 against an opponent at a site to be determined. The highest remaining seed of the four quarterfinal winners will host the semifinals and the final next weekend. The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Hockey Championship.

HAMILTON IN THE NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP

The Continentals are seeded fourth for the championship as they host a quarterfinal for the second straight year and for the sixth time since 2002. Hamilton, which is making its 16th appearance, aims to advance to the semifinals for the first time since the Continentals edged Colby College 4-3 in overtime in a 2007 quarterfinal.

ABOUT THE CONTINENTALS

Hamilton (13-7-4 overall) tied for third in the conference standings with a record of 9-4-3. The Continentals are 3-1-3 in their last seven games and 6-3-1 at Sage Rink this season. Hamilton is ranked eighth in the Northeast Region by the NCAA. The Continentals are fourth in Division III in scoring defense with 1.08 goals allowed per game, No. 1 in penalty kill at 96.5 percent, and they are the least-penalized team in the nation with just under five penalty minutes per contest. All-American goaltender Sam Walther '18 leads Division III with 10 shutouts, second in save percentage at .963 and third with a 1.00 goals against average. Michaela Giuttari '20 tops the offense with 10 assists and 18 points. Missy Segall '21 is next with 10 goals and 16 points, and Andrea Rockey '19 has scored eight goals and added seven helpers.

HAMILTON VS. BOWDOIN

Hamilton went 1-0-1 against the Polar Bears this season with a 2-0 win in Brunswick, Maine, on Feb. 2 and a scoreless tie on Feb. 3. Bowdoin ended the Continentals' season with a 1-0 victory in double overtime in the 2017 NESCAC championship quarterfinals. The Polar Bears are 3-0 against Hamilton all-time in the conference championship.

BOWDOIN IN THE NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP

The Polar Bears are seeded fifth for the championship as they travel to Clinton for the second straight year. Bowdoin has a 20-13 record in this event and is making its 17th appearance. The Polar Bears have won three NESCAC titles -- most recently in 2013 -- and last appeared in the conference final in 2014.

ABOUT THE POLAR BEARS

Bowdoin (12-8-3) finished fifth in the conference standings with a record of 6-7-3. The Polar Bears are 3-1-2 in their last six games and 4-5-2 away from home this season. Bowdoin posted a 6-0-1 record in November and December. Brooke Solomon leads the offense and is tied for fifth in the NESCAC with 23 points. Solomon is tied for second with 18 assists. Julie Dachille shares the conference lead with 16 goals. Maureen Greason has scored six of the team's 10 power-play goals. Kerri St. Denis (1.60 GAA, .936 save pct., 4 shutouts) started 12 of the 16 NESCAC games and Sophia Lattanzio (2.51 GAA, .871 save pct., 1 shutout) started the other four conference contests. The Polar Bears have scored 55 goals and allowed 44. Bowdoin is 10-for-78 (12.8 percent) on the power play and is at 82.9 percent on the penalty kill.