WILLIAMTOWN, MA – Coming off of an historic sweep of Middlebury to close out the regular season Meghan Gillis' Williams women's ice hockey team has been seeded first in the 2019 NESCAC Tournament.
With back-to-back 2-1 wins over Middlebury at Middlebury on Friday night and then at home in over time on Saturday night the Ephs finished first in NESCAC in the regular season.
The NESCAC Quarterfinals will be played on Saturday, February 23 on the campus of the higher seeds. The semifinals and final will be held on the campus of the highest remaining seed and are set for March 2-3.
The Ephs (17-4-3, 10-4-2 NESCAC) will host eighth seeded Wesleyan (8-15-1, 4-11-1 NESCAC) in Lansing Chapman Rink at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 23.
Williams is in the tournament field for the 11th consecutive season and has appeared in the NESCAC Championship 17 of 18 years. The Ephs look to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2014, the same year Williams won its lone NESCAC title.
The Ephs will host No. 8 Wesleyan in the quarterfinals. The Cardinals are the eighth seed for the third year in a row and are in the NESCAC Championship for the third straight year.
Williams and Wesleyan split the regular season series with Wesleyan posting a 3-0 victory on December 1 and Williams responding with a 4-0 win on December 2. Williams owns a 3-0 advantage over Wesleyan in the NESCAC Championship series, including a victory in the last meeting in the 2004 quarterfinals.
In the December 4th game at Williams Wesleyan score din the first and third periods. The Cardinals' last goal was an empty netter. The Ephs out shot Wesleyan 38-6, but Cardinal net minder Allegra Grant made 38 saves as Wesleyan improved to 3-1 0n the year and the Ephs went to 3-2.
The following day the Ephs notched the 4-0 win firing off 50 shots. Eph first year goalie posted the shutout making nine saves. Senior Annie rush led the Eph attack scoring two goals and assisting on one.
"I am proud of the team and all the historic milestones that they have hit so far this season," stated Gillis. "This week we will focus on parts of our game that we need to sharpen in preparation for the weekend. We will prepare for a tough battle against a competitive Wesleyan team."
All games in the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Tournament may be seen online at NSN Sports. The games are also available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku.
2019 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship
Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 23 (at Higher Seeds)
No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Williams – 3 p.m.
No. 7 Connecticut College at No. 2 Middlebury – 3 p.m.
No. 6 Colby at No. 3 Hamilton – 4 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Trinity – 4:30 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, March 2 (at Highest Remaining Seed)
1:00 p.m. | 4:00 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Championship – Sunday, March 3 (Same Site as Semifinals)