By Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.
The sixth-ranked Hamilton College Continentals Women’s Hockey Team is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and they are making the absolute most of it. After an outstanding regular season and a trip to the NESCAC Championship Tournament Final, the Continentals were rewarded with an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. They defeated twelfth-ranked Nazareth 3-1 at home in the first round before traveling to Adrian, Michigan to shutout the fifth-ranked Bulldogs 2-0 in the NCAA Quarterfinals round. The win over Adrian vaulted the Continentals into the final four of the tournament setting up a showdown with the team that has been a thorn in their side this season – the #3 Amherst Mammoths.
The Mammoths, like the Continentals, have had a dominant season. They edged out Hamilton for the NESCAC Regular Season title by two and a half points and then defeated the Continentals 5-0 in the NESCAC Tournament Championship Game to earn the automatic NCAA Tournament bid from the conference. Friday night’s game will be the fourth meeting of the season between the teams, they opened the season with a pair of games in which each team earned a victory. All three games played between the Continentals and Mammoths were played at Orr Rink in Amherst, Massachusetts as well as Friday night’s game – as the Mammoths are hosting the Final Four of this season’s NCAA Tournament.
The Continentals are led on offense by Nancy Loh, whose twenty-one goals are tied for the ninth most in Division III. Defender Abby Kuhns drives the offense from the blue line, and her six power-play goals are tied for the fifth most in Division III. Kuhns and Hyla Mosher have fifteen assists each which leads the team in that category.
The Mammoth’s offense is led by Rylee Glennon’s thirty points followed closely by Maeve Reynolds and Kate Pohl who have twenty-six and twenty-five points respectively. Avery Flynn leads the defense corps in offense with six goals and seventeen assists for twenty-three points.
Both teams have very strong goaltending as well. Hamilton’s Evie Sheridan has had an outstanding rookie season, posting a record of 15-4-1 to go with a 1.43 GAA, 0.940 save percentage, and five shutouts. The Mammoths have an exceptional rookie goaltender as well in Natalie Stott. She has a record of 24-3-0 with a GAA of 0.97, a 0.952 save percentage, and thirteen shutouts.
The winner of Friday night’s game will play the winner of Plattsburgh St vs Gustavus Adolphus on Sunday for the national championship. Let’s take a look at how the Hamilton College Continentals and Amherst Mammoths match up against each other.
Hamilton College Continentals Team Records
- Overall Record: 22-5-2.
- NESCAC Record: 12-3-1.
- National Rank: #6.
- Goal Differential: +39.
- Head Coach: Emily McNamara.
Amherst Mammoths Team Records
- Overall Record: 25-3-0.
- NESCAC Record: 13-3-0.
- National Rank: #3.
- Goal Differential: +71.
- Head Coach: Jeff Matthews
Hamilton College Continentals Team Offense
- Goals For: 77.
- Goals Per Game: 2.7 (31st in Division III).
- Shots: 859.
- Shots Per Game: 29.6.
- Power Play: 22.2% (14 for 63 – 17th in Division III).
Amherst Mammoths Team Offense
- Goals For: 97.
- Goals Per Game: 3.5 (13th in Division I).
- Shots: 1,033.
- Shots Per Game: 36.9.
- Power Play: 22.8% (18 for 79 – 15th in Division III).
Hamilton College Continentals Top Five Scorers + Individual Leaders
1.) Nancy Loh: 21 goals + 6 assists = 27 points. Loh is tied for 9th in Division III in goals.
2.) Hyla Mosher: 8 goals + 15 assists = 23 points.
3.) Abby Kuhns: 7 goals + 15 assists = 22 points.
4.) Abby Smith: 10 goals + 10 assists = 20 points.
5.) Claire McGennis: 4 goals + 13 assists = 17 points.
- Shots Leader: Nancy Loh with 116.
- Power Play Goals Leader: Abby Kuhns with six. Kuhns is tied for 5th in Division III in power-play goals.
- Game Winning Goals Leader: Nancy Loh with eight. Loh is tied for first in Division III in game-winning goals.
- +/- leader: Abby Kuhns at +25.
Amherst Mammoths Top Five Scorers + Individual Leaders
1.) Rylee Glennon: 13 goals + 17 assists = 30 points.
2.) Maeve Reynolds: 13 goals + 13 assists = 26 points.
3.) Kate Pohl: 13 goals + 12 assists = 25 points.
4.) Avery Flynn: 6 goals + 17 assists = 23 points.
5.) Alyssa Xu: 9 goals + 11 assists = 20 points.
- Shots Leader: Rylee Glennon with 117.
- Power Play Goals Leaders: Rylee Glennon, Maeve Reynolds, and Alyssa Xu with three each.
- Game Winning Goals Leader: Kate Pohl with five. Pohl is tied for 4th in Division III in game-winning goals.
- +/- Leader: Avery Flynn at +29.
Hamilton Continentals Team Defense
- Goals Against: 38.
- Goals Against Per Game: 1.3 (9th in Division III).
- Shots Allowed: 648.
- Shots Allowed Per Game: 22.3.
- Penalty Kill: 87.9% (51 for 58).
- Shorthanded Goals Scored: 2.
Amherst Mammoths Team Defense
- Goals Against: 26.
- Goals Against Per Game: 0.9 (3rd in Division III).
- Shots Allowed: 548.
- Shots Allowed Per Game: 19.6.
- Penalty Kill: 91.5% (43 for 47).
- Shorthanded Goals Scored: nine (tied for 1st in Division III). Maeve Reynolds and Carley Daly have three each which ties them for 2nd most in Division III.
Hamilton College Continentals Goaltenders
- Evie Sheridan: Record: 15-4-1 / GAA: 1.43 / Save Percentage: 0.940 / Saves: 453 / Shutouts: 5. Sheridan is tied for 6th in Division III in shutouts, tied for 11th in save percentage, and 13th in GAA.
- Mac Donovan: Record: 4-1-0 / GAA: 0.64 / Save Percentage: 0.972 / Saves: 106/ Shutouts: 1.
- Cate Gallagher: Record: 3-0-1 / GAA: 1.21 / Save Percentage: 0.911 / Saves: 51 / Shutouts: 0.
Amherst Mammoths Goaltenders
- Natalie Stott: Record: 24-3-0 / GAA: 0.97 / Save Percentage: 0.952 / Saves: 516 / Shutouts: 13. Stott is tied for 2nd in Division III in shutouts, 3rd in GAA and minutes played, and 5th in save percentage.
- Maleigh Tittel: Record: 1-0-0 / GAA: 0.00 / Save Percentage: 1.000 / Saves: 5 / Shutouts: 1.
- Kaila Bush: Record: 0-0-0 / GAA: 0.00 / Save Percentage: 1.000 / Saves: 1 / Shutouts: 0.
Friday night’s NCAA Semifinal game is scheduled to begin at 7 pm EDT. The game can be streamed live at https://ncaa.com. For more information about Hamilton College Continentals hockey, visit https://athletics.hamilton.edu.
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