MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College's women's ice hockey team will make the program's first ever appearance on the national stage Saturday, as they travel to Norwich University for the quarterfinal round of the elite nine-team Division III Championship Tournament.
The puck is scheduled to drop at 3 p.m. at Kreitzberg Arena on the Norwich University campus.
- This will be the first meeting between the two programs. Morrisville State is in its third season of competition, and will be making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Norwich University is in its 11th season overall, and will be returning to the tournament for a ninth time.
The Mustang Path to the NCAA Tourney:
- Morrisville State earned the top seed and right to host the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) tournament over this past weekend, and made a return trip to the final game after handily defeating Nichols College 6-0 in the semifinal round.
- The Mustangs met Endicott College for a second consecutive time for the conference title, and needed overtime to get past the Gulls, as they defended their claim to the crown a year ago with the 3-2 overtime victory in 2018.
- Ts'Setkwu Dunstan (Kamloops, British Columbia) notched the game winner with 2:06 to go in the extra frame, and was named to the All-Tournament Team alongside teammates Alexziz Giannamore (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Kimberly Hughes (Lloydminster, Alberta).
- Freshman goaltender Karoline Arvik (Trondheim, Norway) earned the Tournament's Most Valuable Player honors, following a collective 57 saves across two games, including her ninth shut out of the season with the semifinal win.
- Morrisville State enters the quarterfinal game with a 17-7-3 overall record, after going undefeated for the first time in conference play with a 10-0-2 CHC stint.
- They look to extend their win streak to 11, as they enter the contest with a current unbeaten streak of 9-0-1.
The Cadets march to the NCAA Tourney:
- Norwich earned the top seed in the New England Hockey Conference for an eighth straight season, and made a return trip to the Championship game after defeating fourth seed Plymouth State University 4-1 in the semifinal round.
- The Cadets trounced UMass Boston by a 7-0 final score to earn an eighth NEHC title in the last 10 years.
- NEHC Player of the Year, Amanda Conway, paced the Cadets with two goals, avenging the shocking upset loss to the Beacons suffered a year ago. Conway is currently ranked third in the NCAA in points with 51, compiling 29 goals and 22 assists.
- Norwich enters the quarterfinal round with a 24-1-3 overall record, going undefeated in the NEHC with a 14-0-0 record, and is currently ranked no. 1/ 2 in the latest hockey national polls.
- They will look to extend their win streak to 16, entering the contest with a current unbeaten streak of 13-0-2.
- An appearance in the Frozen Four, March 16-17.
- Morrisville State is the first from the CHC to earn the automatic bid to the national tournament. While the experience is new, the Mustangs are up to the challenge of facing one of the top teams in the nation. With no seniors on the Morrisville State roster, the future of the program is certainly promising.
- Norwich will look to make a return appearance in the Frozen Four for a seventh time, suffering a 4-0 loss to eventual champion Plattsburgh a year ago.
- Melissa Lomanto (Utica '06) leads the Mustangs to the national tournament in just their third season in program history. Over three years at the helm of the Morrisville State program, she has collected a 47-27-7 record, made three CHC Tournament appearances, captured 2 CHC titles, and has added a berth to the NCAA tournament to the program's, short but storied past. Lomanto is in her eighth season as head coach overall, guiding three different programs (Adrian, Canton, and Morrisville) to a combined 116-80-17 record. She captured her 100th victory on October 27th, 2017 as the Mustangs shut out Buffalo State 2-0 in the season opener.
- Mark Bolding (Norwich '95) is in his 11th season on the bench with the Cadets, compiling an overall record of 242-62-20. He has guided the Norwich program to nine NCAA tournament appearances, seven Frozen Four appearances, and has claim to the college's lone national title in 2011.
By the Numbers:
- Norwich leads the nation in scoring offense at 5.68 goals per game. Morrisville State is ranked 33rd at 2.2 goals per game.
- However, Norwich is ranked 4th in scoring defense at 1.11 goals allowed, Morrisville State 7th at 1.33 goals allowed per game on average.
- It's going to be a battle of goalkeepers – a senior vs. freshman. Norwich's Laurie King ranks 6th in goals against average at 1.16, appearing between the pipes for 1344 minutes and allowing 26 scores. Morrisville State's Karoline Arvik ranks 7th in goals against average at 1.22, appearing for 1625 minutes and allowing 33 scores.
- Arvik also ranks 9th in save percentage, at 0.945; King 23rd at 0.933.
- Both net minders are tied at third overall in the rankings in shutouts, each recording nine on the season.
- Tickets for the contest can be purchased either at the ticket booth the day of the game or at www.cadetstickets.com.
- Adults are $6, students with ID are $4.
Follow the action Live:
- Live stats and video have been made available for those to follow the contest from home. Links can be found on the college's athletic web site at http://morrisvillestateathletics.com/sports/wice/2017-18/schedule.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.