College Hockey America Tournament schedule
at Mercyhurst Ice Center
Semifinals – Today
No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4) vs. No. 4 Syracuse (20-12-3), 4 p.m.
No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3) vs. No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology (17-15-3), 7:30 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
Mercyhurst-Syracuse winner vs. RMU-RIT winner, 3 p.m.
*** On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
Teams at a glance
* Mercyhurst - The Lakers have won 11-of-12 CHA tournament championships under head coach Michael Sisti. … They are 26-0-2 all time against Syracuse, including 1-0-1 this season. Mercyhurst beat the Orange 1-0 in the 2013 CHA title game. … They are unbeaten in nine straight games, which is the third longest in NCAA Division I this season. … The Lakers play better with a lead, as they are 2-6-1 when trailing in the third period and 2-1-3 when tied after two periods. … Senior F Christine Bestland ranks fifth nationally with 1.52 points per game. … Senior F Christie Cicero needs two points to reach the 100 mark for her career.
* Syracuse - The Orange swept Lindenwood in an opening-round series last weekend behind scoring from eight different players. … They have three wins against nationally ranked teams (Boston College, Northeastern and Robert Morris). … Sophomore F Melissa Piancentini leads the team with 17 goals and 29 points. … Senior G Jenesica Drinkwater (16-6-1 record, 1.82 goals-against average, .929 save percentage, 4 shutouts).
* Robert Morris - The Colonials won the 2012 conference title by beating Mercyhurst under head coach Paul Colontino, a former associate coach under Lakers head coach Michael Sisti. … RMU won three of four regular-season meetings with semifinal opponent Rochester Institute of Technology. … The Colonials swept Penn State in the first round. … Freshman F Brittany Howard leads the team with 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists), followed by junior F Rebecca Vint with 23 goals and 40 points.
* RIT - The Tigers have won five straight games, their longest streak as a D-I program. … Junior G Ali Binnington leads the conference (and ranks sixth nationally) with a .940 save percentage and is tied for second in CHA (11th in the nation) with a 1.82 GAA. She has stopped 147-of-151 shots during the Tigers’ current win streak. … Junior F Marissa Maugeri leads the way with 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists).
- Victor Fernandes