WOMEN’S HOCKEY FALLS TO ELMIRA IN ECAC WEST SEMIS
Press Release-Utica College
Elmira 5 Utica College 0- Final
Plattsburgh, NY (3/2/13)- The Utica College women’s hockey team lost to nationally ranked No. 4 Elmira College 5-0 in the semifinal of the ECAC West Conference Tournament Saturday night. Junior Jennifer Hamel (Ithaca, NY/Northwood School) stopped 29 shots in net for the Pioneers.
Elmira controlled most of the play in the first period, but Utica’s Jennifer Hamel (Ithaca, NY/Northwood School) was up to the test, stopping all 12 Soaring Eagle shots in the opening frame. The second period was more even, as both teams traded scoring chances, but neither side was able to find the back of the net.
The Soaring Eagles struck fist at 18:14 of the third period as Tanis Lamoureux netted her ninth of the year. Lamoureux gathered a puck deep in the UC zone, skated towards the front of the net, and was able to slide one passed Hamel. Ashley Ryan assisted on the tally. The Soaring Eagles struck again at 10:59 as Caitlin Metcalf netted her 10th of the year, assisted by Samantha Curk and Brooke Wilgosh. Just one minute later, Erin Watson was able to knock in a rebound for her sixth tally of the season. Madison Johnston assisted on the goal. Ashton Hogan extended the lead with an unassisted tally at 16:05 and Ryan capped off the scoring at 19:04, unassisted.
Lauren Sullivan made 19 saves in the win. The Soaring Eagles will take on top seeded and nationally ranked No. 1 Plattsburgh State in the championship Sunday at 3 p.m.
Utica finishes the season 16-9-2 overall and made its 11th post season appearance in the program’s 12-year history. UC will graduate five seniors including Mary Fusco(Enfield, CT/Salve Regina University), Meghan McMahon (Gardner, MA/St. Marks (MA)), Meghan Willett (Worcester, MA/Cushing Academy), Carmen Johnson (Falls Church, VA/Washington Pride), Lindsay Norton (Eden, NY/Buffalo Bisons), and Marissa Hotaling (Whitesboro, NY/Whitesboro).
WOMEN’S HOCKEY SET FOR SEMIFINAL AGAINST ELMIRA
Utica, NY (2/27/13)- The Utica College women’s hockey team travels to Plattsburgh, NY this weekend for the final four of the ECAC West Conference Tournament. The Pioneers will square off against conference rival, and nationally ranked No. 4 Elmira College Saturday night at 7 p.m. with the winner moving onto the championship, Sunday at 3 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Pioneers are coming off a 5-1 win over Potsdam in the quarterfinal game on Friday night… Sophomore Louise Steele-Norton (Avondale, PA/Millbrook School) and freshman Morgan Reed (Fort Myers, FL/Cushing Academy) each netted two goals and one assist, while junior Megan Myers (Las Vegas, NV/LA Selects) had a goal and two assists… Jennifer Hamel (Ithaca, NY/Northwood School) stopped 23-of-24 shots on net.
Game Coverage: Links to live stats and video of Saturday’s contest can be found on ucpioneers.com… Fans can also follow @UCPioneers on twitter for in game updates.
The Other Semifinal: Nationally ranked No. 1 Plattsburgh State earned the top seed and hosting rights after going 15-0-1 in the conference… The Cardinals will take on sixth seeded Neumann University Saturday at 4 p.m… Neumann is coming off a 3-0 upset win over Oswego in the quarterfinals.
Tournament History: The Pioneers are making their fourth trip to the conference semifinals in the last six years… The last time UC was in the semifinals was March 5, 2011 when it fell to top seeded, and eventual national runner-up, RIT 2-0… Utica has made it to the conference championship one time, in 2006, after defeating Elmira 4-1 in the semifinals… UC has never won a conference championship.
Myers Leading the Way: Junior Megan Myers (Las Vegas, NV/LA Selects) leads the team and ranks 11th in the nation with 1.29 points per game… She is tied for third in the conference with 17 goals on the season and was named to the First Team All-Conference for the second straight year… Myers recently scored her 55th career goal, to surpass All-American Stephanie Price ’07 for second on the College’s career goal-scoring list… She has tallied at least 30 points in each of her first three seasons and ranks third on the College’s all-time list with 104 career points.
May’s Defensive Play Recognized: Sophomore Courtney May (Oxford, MI/Belle Tire) was selected to the second team All-conference for the first time in her career… She is tied for fifth in the league and leads all defensemen with 14 assists on the season… She has helped lead the Pioneer defense that has allowed just 1.9 goals per game, and has helped the Utica special teams kill a national-best 132-of-140 power play opportunities.
Clausen Named Co-Coach of the Year: Head Coach Dave Clausen was named ECAC West Co-Coach of the Year with Plattsburgh’s Kevin Houle… He has led the Pioneers to a 16-8-2 record and the team’s 11th postseason appearance in the program’s 12-year history… This is the second time Clausen has earned Coach of the Year status, the other was the 2007-2008 season when he led UC to a program-best 18 wins for the third straight season.
Scouting Elmira: The Soaring Eagles are currently ranked No. 4 in the latest USCHO.com national poll… They earned the number two seed in the tournament after compiling a 20-4-1 overall record, and a 14-2 mark in the conference… They are led by sophomores Ashton Hogan and Ashley Ryan… Hogan has racked up 17 goals and seven assists, while Ryan has netted 14 goals and added ten helpers.
Against The Soaring Eagles: UC is 4-25-1 all-time against Elmira… Earlier this year, the Pioneers were swept by the Soaring Eagles in just the second weekend of the season… UC is 2-2 against Elmira in the post season… The last time the two teams met in the playoffs was Feb. 26, 2011 when Utica defeated the Soaring Eagles 2-1 in the quarterfinals… Megan Myers (Las Vegas, NV/LA Selects) scored both goals, while Marissa Hotaling (Whitesboro, NY/Whitesboro) made 52 saves in the win.
PIONEERS WRAP UP HOCKEY DOUBLE DIP WITH 1-0 WIN OVER CHATHAM
Utica 1, Chatham 0 - Box Score
PITTSBURGH, PA – Sophomore forward Megan Myers of the Utica College women’s hockey team scored her 12th goal of the season 1:19 into the third period of play to help lift the Pioneers to a 1-0 victory host Chatham College Sunday afternoon.
Myers currently ranks eighth in the country with an average of 1.45 points per contest and she helped improve the Pioneers’ overall record to 8-10-2. Junior forward Carmen Johnson was credited with her fourth assist and 11th point of the season the game-winner.
Utica now has 12 points in ECAC Women’s West Conference play and the Pioneers are now tied with Neumann University for sixth place in the conference standings. UC has a 5-7-2 record in the ECAC West. Utica will take on Hamilton in a non conference contest before hosting conference opponents Plattsburgh and Buffalo State to wrap up regular season. Plattsburgh is ranked sixth in the country according to the latest USCHO.com national poll.
The Pioneers out shot Chatham (0-14) by a margin of 57-21 on the afternoon as sophomore goalie Jennifer Hamel stopped all 21 of the shots she faced in her second shutout of the season. UC topped the Cougars by the score of 4-0 on the road Saturday night.
The contest featured 23 total penalties and the Pioneers were able to convert on 1-of-9 power-play opportunities to earn the key conference victory. Hamel and the Pioneer defense thwarted all ten of Chatham’s man-up advantages to earn the one goal victory.
Through two full periods of play Utica held a 44-16 shot advantage before Myers converted on the unassisted game-winner early in the final stanza.
UC returns to the ice on Tuesday night when it travels to local rival Hamilton College for its final non conference game of the season. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. Utica’s final four games of the regular season will be play at the friendly confines of the Utica Memorial Auditorium.