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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 25, 2011
WATERVILLE, Maine --- No other team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference can brag about a defensive improvement greater than the Colby College women's hockey team in the 2010-11 season. The Mules went from giving up 104 goals in 25 games last year to allowing just 49 in 24 games this season.
Colby's better play defensively helped out with the team's record improving by six wins. That total could have been higher with some better luck after the Mules dropped nine one-goal games this year.
The seventh-seeded Mules (9-15) head to second-seeded and two-time defending national champion Amherst College for a NESCAC quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be Webcast at https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/misc/2010-11/0222_hockey
First-year goaltender Brianne Wheeler ranks third in the NESCAC in save percentage (.932), fourth in goals against average (2.07), and second in minutes (1,190). Wheeler gave Amherst fits in two road games this year. Despite falling 3-2 and 3-1 in both games, Wheeler stopped 79 shots in the two contests as the Jeffs had an 85-29 shot advantage.
Senior tri-captain Stephanie Scarpato reached 100 career points last week against Williams College and heads into the weekend with 42 goals and 58 assists. She leads the Mules this season with eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points.
Samantha Slotnick (5 goals, 3 assists) and Meryl Poulin (2 goals, 5 assists) are other scoring leaders among the forwards. Sophomore defenders Meghan Tedoldi (3 goals, 4 assists) and Kathy Shei (2 goals, 5 assists) also are among the point leaders for the Mules.
Amherst, ranked sixth nationally, has won 11 of the past 12 games after a 6-4-2 start to the season. The Jeffs are solid defensively with Randi Zukas (4 goals, 23 assists), Geneva Lloyd (10 goals, 17 assists), and Stephanie Clegg (12 goals, 11 assists). Senior forward Courtney Hanlon has 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points.
2011 Women's Ice Hockey Championship Seeding
Quarterfinals – Saturday, Feb. 26 at higher seeds
No. 8 Williams at No. 1 Middlebury – 4:00 p.m.
No. 7 Colby at No. 2 Amherst – 7:00 p.m.
No. 6 Hamilton at No. 3 Trinity – 3:00 p.m.
No. 5 Connecticut College at No. 4 Bowdoin – 4:00 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, March 5 at Highest Remaining Seed
Lowest remaining seed vs. Highest remaining seed – 1:00 p.m.
Remaining first round winners – 4:00 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, March 6
Semifinal Winners – 2:00 p.m.