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Posted: March 15th, 2014

NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals – Today

Mercyhurst (23-8-4) at No. 2 Cornell (24-5-2), 3 p.m.
Boston College (27-6-3) at No. 3 Clarkson (28-5-5), 4 p.m.
Boston University (23-12-1) at No. 1 Minnesota (36-1-1), 5 p.m.
Harvard (23-6-4) at No. 4 Wisconsin (27-7-2), 8 p.m.
Semifinals – March 21*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

BU-Minnesota winner vs. Harvard-Wisconsin winner, TBD
Mercyhurst-Cornell winner vs. BC-Clarkson winner, TBD
Championship game – March 23*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

Semifinal winners, TBD
* Streamed live on NCAA.com

Vic’s picks
Quarterfinals
Mercyhurst 2, No. 2 Cornell 1
Boston College 4, No. 3 Clarkson 2
No. 1 Minnesota 5, Boston University 1
No. 4 Wisconsin 4, Harvard 1
Semifinals
Boston College 4, Mercyhurst 2
Minnesota 3, Wisconsin 1
Championship game
Minnesota 4, Boston College 1

Posted: March 9th, 2014

Check out the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team’s reaction to earning a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament field today….as well as interviews with head coach Michael Sisti and seniors Christine Bestland and Christie Cicero

NCAA selection breakdown
Boston College - at large (Hockey East)
Boston University - automatic bid (Hockey East champion)
Clarkson - at large (ECAC)
Cornell - automatic bid (ECAC champion)
Harvard - at large (ECAC)
Mercyhurst - at large (CHA)
Minnesota - automatic bid (WCHA champion)
Wisconsin - at large (WCHA)

NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals – Saturday

Boston University (23-12-1) at No. 1 Minnesota (36-1-1), 5 p.m.
Mercyhurst (23-8-4) at No. 2 Cornell (24-5-2), 3:30 p.m.
Boston College (27-6-3) at No. 3 Clarkson (28-5-5), 4 p.m.
Harvard (23-6-4) at No. 4 Wisconsin (27-7-2), 8 p.m.
Semifinals – March 21*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

BU-Minnesota winner vs. Harvard-Wisconsin winner, TBD
Mercyhurst-Cornell winner vs. BC-Clarkson winner, TBD
Championship game – March 23*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

Semifinal winners, TBD
* Streamed live on NCAA.com

Posted: March 7th, 2014

ECAC Hockey Tournament
at Cheel Arena – Potsdam, N.Y. (Clarkson University)
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Clarkson 6, No. 4 Quinnipiac 0
No. 3 Cornell 6, No. 2 Harvard 4
Championship game – Sunday
No. 1 Clarkson (28-4-5) vs. No. 3 Cornell (23-5-4), 1 p.m.

Hockey East Association Tournament
at Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Memorial Skating Rink – Hyannis, Mass.
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Boston College 3, No. 4 Vermont 1
No. 2 Boston University 3, No. 3 Northeastern 2
Championship game – Sunday
No. 1 BC (26-5-3) vs. No. 2 BU (22-13-1) 1:30 p.m.

Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament
at Sanford Center – Bemidji, Minn. (Bemidji State University)
Semifinals – Friday

No. 3 North Dakota 1, No. 2 Wisconsin 0
No. 1 Minnesota 4, No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 1
Championship game – Saturday
Minnesota 3, North Dakota 1

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Check out post-game interviews from Mercyhurst’s 4-4 tie with #3 Cornell on Friday night…

Head coach Michael Sisti

Junior G Amanda Makela

Junior F Shelby Bram

No. 3 Cornell (12-1-1) at Mercyhurst (14-5-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst and Cornell meet for the first time since the Lakers’ 4-3 overtime win in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals in Ithaca, N.Y., last March. … The Lakers play for the first time since ending the first half with a two-game sweep at Lindenwood on Dec. 14-15. They also have next weekend off before facing ninth-ranked Robert Morris in a key two-game College Hockey America series at MIC. … They are 13-5-1 all-time against Cornell. But the Big Red have won five of the past eight meetings, including a 4-0 regular-season win a year ago. … Mercyhurst has won seven straight games by a combined 35-8 score. … Senior F Christine Bestland stands third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with 205 points. She needs 21 to pass Jesse Scanzano (225 points from 2007-11) for second place. Bestland ranks fifth on the school’s goals list with 83. She could move as high second, as she trails Scanzano (85), Bailey Bram (87 from 2008-12) and Valerie Chouinard (91 from 2005-09). Bestland also could move as high as second in assists. She stands third with 122, only 18 behind Scanzano (140). … Cornell has won three straight games by a combined 11-3 score since its only loss of the season, 4-1 at home against No. 7 Boston College. … The Big Red have outscored opponents 59-28. … Junior Fs Emily Fulton and Jillian Saulnier lead the nation with 1.73 points and 0.87 goals per game, respectively.

- Victor Fernandes

Mercyhurst and Cornell renew their rivalry this weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Here’s why it’s grown into such a rivalry:

* Lakers head coach Michael Sisti: “We now have a great tradition and rivalry with Cornell. They’re a great program. We’ve both ended each other’s season. There’s a great mutual respect there with the staffs. I like to think we bring out the best in each other. Regardless of how the games turn out the teams learn their strengths and weaknesses and improve for the rest of the season. I like the fact we’ve got the game now. It’s certainly going to make us continue to improve. We’re looking forward to it. It’s a good test.

* Lakers junior D Molly Byrne: “It’s become a great rivalry between us. In the 3 years that I’ve been here, it’s just kept building and building. I know they’re going to be smelling blood because we ended their season last year (in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals). I think it’s going to be a great weekend.”

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Mercyhurst (11-9-2, 9-1-1 AHA) at Holy Cross (4-13-2, 3-7-2)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Hart Center – Worcester, Mass.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.goholycross.com (audio broadcast & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to add to the best start in their Atlantic Hockey Association history and the second-best conference start in program history (9-0-2 in the 2000-01 season while playing in the MAAC Hockey League). … Last weekend, the conference-leading Lakers swept a two-game series at Army last weekend for the first time since Feb. 13-14, 2004. … Last Saturday’s win was the 464th of head coach Rick Gotkin‘s career, which moved him among the top 25 coaches in all divisions. … Mercyhurst split a two-game series in the regular season a year ago before ending the Crusaders’ season with a three-game series win in the AHA quarterfinals. The Lakers are 17-6-1 all-time at Hart Center and have a 29-13-5 overall lead in the series… Junior Fs Matt Zay (12 goals, 19 assists, 31 points) and Ryan Misiak (7-16-23) and senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (10-19-29) have combined for 83 points, which ranks second only to Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold (91 points) in NCAA Division I. The Lakers are one of only seven schools with three 20-plus point scorers. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has a 9-0-1 record, 1.89 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in conference games this season. … The Lakers are 9-0-0 in AHA play when allowing two goals or fewer, but 0-1-1 when more than two. … The Lakers lead the nation with eight short-handed goals. They have scored seven of those goals in AHA games while allowing only seven power-play goals. … Zay has three short-handed goals, which is tied for the national lead. … Sophomore D Anthony Mastrodicasa (upper body) could play this weekend. Senior F Trent Frey (upper body) is out indefinitely. … Holy Cross has lost four straight games and are winless in the past six games. … One of the Crusaders’ four wins was on the road against No. 5 BC, and they have eight games by two goals or fewer. … They have scored three goals or fewer in 15-of-19 games. … Junior G Matt Ginn has played in all 19 games, posting a 2.94 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. … They were swept by Canisius in a two-game series at home last weekend.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 9th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team extended its winning streak to five straight games this past weekend by sweeping a two-game series from Penn State by a combined 15-0 score. Yet the Lakers (12-5-2) didn’t receive a single vote in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll, which was released today. The Lakers were shut out from the rankings for the first time since the final poll of the 2000-01 season on March 19, 2001.
Minnesota (19-1-0) still tops the list with all 15 first-place votes and 150 voting points. Wisconsin (14-2-2), Cornell (10-1-2), North Dakota (10-4-2) and Harvard (9-1-2) completed the top five. Clarkson (13-4-2) stands at No. 6, followed by Boston College (12-4-2), Boston University (14-3-1), Quinnipiac (14-2-5) and Robert Morris (16-3-1). No other teams received votes.
Check out the complete poll below…Meanwhile, senior F and captain Christine Bestland was named College Hockey America player of the week after totaling five points in in two games, including the 200th point of her collegiate career.

USCHO.com Division I poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points
1. Minnesota (15) 19-1-0 150
2. Wisconsin 14-2-2 134
3. Cornell 10-1-2 118
4. North Dakota 10-4-2 98
5. Harvard 9-1-2 88
6. Clarkson 13-4-2 73
7. Boston College 12-4-2 70
8. Boston University 14-3-1 40
9. Quinnipiac 14-2-5 35
10. Robert Morris 16-3-1 19

* Heading outdoors in Rochester: The Rochester Institute of Technology men’s and women’s hockey teams will play in outdoor games on Saturday at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. Find out more by clicking this link

Posted: October 8th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team dropped out of one national poll. But they are still among the top 10 on one list.
The Lakers, which fell to 1-2-0 with an overtime loss to Ohio State last Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center, slipped to 10th from ninth in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine’s latest Division I ranking. Mercyhurst received 14 voting points, one more than the Buckeyes, who are the top team on the honorable mention list.
Minnesota earned 18-of-19 first-place votes and 189 points to remain No. 1, followed by Boston College (164 points) and Clarkson (one first-place vote and 157 points). Cornell (113 points) and Wisconsin (100) completed the top five. North Dakota (97), Boston University (87), Harvard (52), Minnesota Duluth (51) and Mercyhurst rounded out the list. Quinnipiac (5), Northeastern (2) and Dartmouth (1) also received votes.

Posted: October 7th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team has dropped out of the USCHO.com Division I poll for the first time in five years.
The Lakers stand at 1-2-0 after losing their home opener 4-3 in overtime to Ohio State on Saturday night. That dropped the Lakers from seventh in the preseason poll to the honorable mention list with only eight votes. They hadn’t dipped that low since falling out of the top 10 on Oct. 27, 2008. They climbed back to No. 10 on Nov. 17, 2008 on the way to reaching the NCAA Division I Frozen Four and the national championship game for the first time in program history.
The Lakers also have a losing record for the first time falling to 1-2-0 early in the 2011-12 season. Defending national champion Minnesota (2-0-0) received all 15 first-place votes and 150 points to claim the top spot. Boston College (1-0-0) and Clarkson (3-0-0) are second and third with 129 and 123 points, respectively.
Cornell (0-0-0) and Wisconsin (2-0-0) complete the top five, followed by North Dakota (2-0-0), Boston University (0-0-0), Harvard (0-0-0). Minnesota Duluth (2-0-0) and Ohio State (1-0-0) joined the list for the first time this season.

USCHO.com women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points
1. Minnesota (15) 2-0-0 150
2. Boston College 1-0-0 129
3. Clarkson 3-0-0 123
T4. Cornell 0-0-0 88
T4. Wisconsin 2-0-0 88
6. North Dakota 2-0-0 75
7. Boston University 0-0-0 67
8. Harvard 0-0-0 41
9. Minnesota Duluth 2-0-0 30
10. Ohio State 1-0-0 17
Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 8, Quinnipiac 8, Northeastern 4, Dartmouth 1

Posted: September 23rd, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team stands seventh in the opening USCHO.com Division I poll, which was released Monday.
The Lakers, which are eighth in the initial USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll unveiled last week, earned 65 voting points in the poll. Defending national champion Minnesota received 14-of-15 first-place votes and 149 points to edge Boston College by 16 points. The Eagles had the other first-place vote.
Clarkson holds the third spot with 99 points, followed by Cornell (84), Boston University (83), Wisconsin (74) and the Lakers. North Dakota (62), Harvard (38) and Northeastern (21) completed the top 10. Minnesota Duluth (8), Quinnipiac (4), Ohio State (3) and Dartmouth (2) also received votes.
Mercyhurst opens the season this weekend with a two-game series at Minnesota State-Mankato. Game times are 7:07 p.m. Friday and 2:07 p.m. Saturday. The Lakers have five games against three ranked teams this season – vs. Ohio State Oct. 5, at Clarkson Oct. 18-19 and vs. Cornell Jan. 10-11.

Posted: September 17th, 2013

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team stands eighth nationally in the USA Hockey/USA Hockey Magazine preseason poll, which was released today. The Lakers return 16 players, including reigning College Hockey America player of the year Christine Bestland, from a team that finished 29-7-1, won an 11th straight CHA championship, secured a NCAA-record ninth consecutive national playoff appearance and reached the Division I Frozen Four a season ago.
Minnesota, which finished a 41-0-0 season with a national title, received 18-of-19 first-place votes and 179 points to finish ahead of runner-up Boston College, which had one first-place vote and 160 points. Clarkson (106 points), Boston University (102) and North Dakota (100) rounded out the top five teams. Cornell (96), Wisconsin (94), Mercyhurst (70), Harvard (41) and Northeastern (20) completed the top 10.
The Lakers open the season this weekend with an exhibition games at Mercyhurst Ice Center. They face the University of Western Ontario Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by a game against the Whitby Wolves on Sunday at 1 p.m. The players will be awarded their CHA championship rings before Saturday’s game.
In other news, Bestland was named captain while fellow senior Christie Cicero and juniors Shelby Bram, Molly Byrne and Caroline Luczak will serve as assistant captains.

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