Sophomore center Beau Kretzman is second in the NESCAC in scoring with 33 points on 19 goals and 14 assists.
Jeffs Earn Sixth Seed in NESCAC Tournament
FROM A NESCAC RELEASE
February 25, 2003
AMHERST, MA - After finishing the regular season with a 16-1-2 mark, Middlebury College will enter the NESCAC Menís Ice Hockey Championship as the top seed for the third consecutive season. The eight-team tournament will begin on Saturday, March 1. Sixth-seeded Amherst College opens tournament play Saturday at 4 p.m. at third-seeded Colby College.
Middlebury, which finished 19-3-2 overall and ranked second in the nation, will host eighth-seeded Tufts University (7-10-4, 7-10-2 NESCAC). Middlebury has won the previous two NESCAC Championships defeating Amherst 4-3 in overtime to claim the 2001 Championship and downing Trinity College 3-2 in the 2002 final.
In other quarterfinal action, second-seeded Trinity (16-5-2, 15-3-1) will host seventh seed Williams College (8-14-2, 8-9-2 NESCAC). The Bantams defeated the Ephs in Williamstown two weeks ago.
Sixth-seeded Amherst (7-12-5, 7-8-4 NESCAC) will play at third-seeded Colby (7-5-1, 14-4-1 NESCAC). Colby, ranked eighth in the latest USCHO.com poll, finished the regular season with a defeat of the Lord Jeffs in Amherst, Mass.
Fifth-seeded Hamilton College (13-9-2, 10-7-2 NESCAC) will travel to fourth seed Bowdoin College (13-5-5, 11-3-5 NESCAC) for a rematch of the regular-season finale. The two teams tied 1-1 in overtime on Saturday in Clinton, New York.
Quarterfinal winners will be re-bracketed and the semifinal and final rounds will be held at the highest remaining seed beginning on Saturday, March 8. The NESCAC tournament champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.
2003 NESCAC MENíS ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 1 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Tufts at No. 1 Middlebury (7 p.m.)
No. 7 Williams at No. 2 Trinity (3 p.m.)
No. 6 Amherst at No. 3 Colby (4 p.m.)
No. 5 Hamilton at No. 4 Bowdoin (4 p.m.)
Semifinals - Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
at Highest Remaining Seed
Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed
Remaining quarterfinal winners
Championship - Sunday, March 9 at 1 p.m.