2020 NESCAC Tournament
Men's Ice Hockey
Semifinals and Championship
Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8
Saturday's Semifinals Schedule
Wesleyan 3, Williams 2 (OT) Final
Trinty 3 - Hamilton 2 Final.
Wesleyan 7 - Trinity 2 Final.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Top-seeded Williams is hosting the remaining rounds of the NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship for the first time since 2011 and the second time overall. No. 2 Trinity plays No. 3 Hamilton in the first semifinal on Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. The Ephs will face No. 5 Wesleyan in the other semifinal at 4 p.m. The winners will square off in the championship game on Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for each game and are $6 for adults and $3 for students/senior citizens/children. Children under 2 are free. Please note no dogs will be allowed inside the athletic facility or rink.
Both semifinal games, as well as the championship game, will be streamed online via the Northeast Sports Network (NSN) at NESCAC.com. The games will also be available on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire, search for NESCAC Network and download the channel. Click HERE to watch!
Williams College Ephs (17-7-1) vs. Wesleyan University Cardinals (13-11-1) 4 P.M.
The Ephs held off a furious comeback attempt by eighth-seeded Connecticut College to earn a 3-2 victory and reach the semifinals for the third time in four years. After the Williams built a 3-0 lead, sophomore Cosimo Lazzarino (Kleinberg, Ontario) made 12 saves in the third period to preserve the Ephs' win. Junior Jack McCool (West Roxbury, Mass.), an All-NESCAC selection, is the top-scoring defenseman (2-19-21) in the league and paces the Williams offensive attack.
Fellow All-NESCAC honoree, sophomore Niko Karamanis (Courtenay, British Columbia), leads Williams in scoring with 12 goals, including a league-best four game-winning tallies, to go with five assists for 17 points. Evan Ruschil (Katonah, N.Y.), the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, has 10 wins this season and owns a 2.07 goals against average and .937 save percentage. Lazzarino has seen action in 11 games and owns a 1.99 goals against average with a .934 save percentage. Williams ranks second in the conference in both scoring (3.24 gpg) and scoring defense (2.12 gpg).
No. 5 Wesleyan returns to the semifinals for the third year in a row following a 4-2 win at No. 4 Middlebury. The Cardinals scored three unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit. Senior Walker Harris (Boulder, Colo.), an All-NESCAC forward, leads the team in scoring with 28 points on 12 goals and 16 assists and recently went over the 100-point milestone. Classmate Spencer Fox (Fonthill, Ontario) leads the Cardinals in assists (15) and has 20 points on the season. Senior Tim Sestak (Darien, Conn.), the 2019 NESCAC Player of the Year and an All-NESCAC selection again this year, is the team's top netminder with a 2.18 goals against average and .929 save percentage while playing nearly every minute in goal this year.
Williams earned a 3-2 win over Wesleyan in the 2011 semifinals, the only meeting between the two teams in the NESCAC Tournament. The teams split the regular-season series with the Ephs posting a 4-2 win at Wesleyan on January 10 and the Cardinals defeating the Ephs, 3-1, on February 7.
Hamilton Continentals (12-9-4) vs. Trinity Bantams (18-6-1) 1 P.M.
Trinity, the defending NESCAC Champion, and No. 3 Hamilton meet in the semifinals for the second year in a row. The Bantams posted a 5-3 quarterfinal victory over No. 7 Amherst to advance to the semifinals for the fifth consecutive year. Trinity is the top-scoring team in the conference (3.64 gpg) and also owns the best defense in the league, holding opponents to 1.92 goals per game.
NESCAC Player of the Year, senior Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.), and sophomore Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine), last year's NESCAC Rookie of the Year and an All-NESCAC First Team selection this season, rank 1-2 in scoring among the league leaders. Gammill has registered 33 points on 18 goals and 15 assists, while Michuad has tallied 32 points on eight goals and 24 assists. Gammill is the top producing forward on the power play with 12 points (6-6-12). Also adding to the offense is junior Timothy Weinstein who ranks second among defensemen in scoring with 19 points (1-18-19). Senior Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley, Mass.), the All-NESCAC First Team goalie, owns a 9-3-1 record in net and carries a 1.94 goals against average and .932 save percentage into the semifinals.
Hamilton reached the semifinals for the third time in four years as senior Bennett Morrison (Bolton, Ontario) scored twice to lead the Continentals to a 5-1 win over No. 6 Bowdoin. Hamilton owns the second-best defense in the NESCAC, limiting opponents to 2.12 goals per game. Sophomore Sean Storr (Kingston, Ontario) and senior Anthony Tirabassi (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) have split time in net this season. Storr picked up the quarterfinal victory and owns a 1.61 goals against average with a .937 save percentage, while Tirabassi has six wins on the year with a 2.45 goals against average and .902 save percentage. Sophomore Jordi Jefferson (Wasaga Beach, Ontario) (11-7-18) and senior Nick Ursitti (Mississauga, Ontario), an All-NESCAC performer, (10-8-18) are tied for the team lead in scoring.
Trinity is 2-0 against Hamilton in the NESCAC Tournament. The Bantams won in overtime, 2-1, in last year's semifinals. The teams split the regular-season series. Trinity won, 2-1, on November 22 and the Continentals posted a 4-1 victory over the Bantams on February 1.