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Danielle Williams '03
Senior co-captain Danielle Williams leads the Jeffs in goals (9), assists (10) and points (19).

Jeffs Earn Second Straight NESCAC Tournament Berth

FROM A NESCAC RELEASE

February 25, 2003

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women’s ice hockey team finished its regular season at 3-16-4 overall and 2-11-3 in conference play to earn a second consecutive trip to the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament. The Jeffs, who were tied with Connecticut College but awarded the seventh and final seed using a predetermined conference tiebreaker system, open tournament play Saturday at 3 p.m. at second-seeded Middlebury College, which enters postseason play as the No. 4 team in the nation at 16-2-4 (12-0-4 NESCAC).

Bowdoin College finished the regular season as the only undefeated team in college hockey and earned the top seed and a first-round bye in the tournament. The Polar Bears, who finished the season 20-0-3, 14-0-2 in the NESCAC, and ranked second in the nation, will host the semifinal and final rounds in Brunswick, Maine beginning Saturday, March 8.

Third seed Williams College (15-7-2, 11-4-1 NESCAC) will host sixth seed Wesleyan University (6-11-3, 4-10-2 NESCAC) at 3 p.m. in Williamstown. The Ephs defeated the Cardinals in two previous contests this season.

The fifth-seeded Colby College Mules (8-13-1, 6-9-1 NESCAC) will travel to fourth-seeded Hamilton College (13-9-0, 10-6-0 NESCAC) for a first-round game at 1 p.m. The Mules dropped two decisions to the host Continentals.

The top seven teams qualify for the NESCAC Championship. First-round games will be played on Saturday, March 1 and winners will advance to the semifinals at Bowdoin on Saturday, March 8. Teams are re-bracketed entering the semifinal round with number one seed Bowdoin playing the lowest remaining seed. The NESCAC tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

2003 NESCAC WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
First Round - Saturday, March 1 at Higher Seeds
No. 7 Amherst at No. 2 Middlebury (3 p.m.)
No. 6 Wesleyan at No. 3 Williams (3 p.m.)
No. 5 Colby at No. 4 Hamilton (1 p.m.)

Semifinals - Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Bowdoin
No. 1 Bowdoin vs. lowest remaining seed
Remaining first-round winners

Championship - Sunday, March 9 at 1 p.m. at Bowdoin
Semifinal winners