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Jeffs Earn No. 7 Seed in NESCAC Tourney

February 23, 2004

AMHERST, MA - After finishing the regular season with a 15-3 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 this Saturday, February 28. Seventh-seeded Amherst College opens tournament play Saturday at 4 p.m. at second-seeded Trinity College.

Amherst (6-10-2 NESCAC, 11-10-3 overall) defeated Trinity (12-5-1 NESCAC, 14-8-1 overall) twice during the regular season - a 2-1 overtime win in the championship game of the Amherst Invitational, and a 2-1 conference victory over the visiting Bantams on January 9.

Middlebury, ranked third in the nation with a 21-3 overall record, will host eighth-seeded Tufts (4-13-1 NESCAC, 8-14-1 overall). The top-seeded Panthers have hosted all three previous NESCAC Championships, claiming the title in 2001 and 2002 before falling to Trinity in last yearís championship game.

In other quarterfinal action, sixth-seeded Hamilton (10-6-2 NESCAC, 14-8-2 overall) will play at third-seeded Bowdoin (12-6 NESCAC, 16-7 overall). Bowdoin, ranked 12th in the latest national poll, dropped a 2-0 decision to the Continentals on the last weekend of regular-season play. Fifth-seeded Williams (11-6-1 NESCAC, 12-8-3 overall) will travel to fourth seed Colby (10-4-4 NESCAC, 13-6-4 overall) in the remaining quarterfinal contest.

Quarterfinal winners will be rebracketed and the semifinal and final rounds will be held at the highest remaining seed beginning on Saturday, March 6. The NESCAC Tournament champion receives an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Championship.

Quarterfinals - Saturday, Feb. 28 at Higher Seeds

No. 8 Tufts at No. 1 Middlebury
No. 7 Amherst at No. 2 Trinity
No. 6 Hamilton at No. 3 Bowdoin
No. 5 Williams at No. 4 Colby

Semifinals - Saturday, Mar. 6 at highest remaining seed (1 p.m./4 p.m.)
Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed
Remaining quarterfinal winners

Championship - Sunday, Mar. 7 (1:00 p.m.)
Semifinal winners