January 1, 2013

Women's Hockey to Host 6th Annual Codfish Bowl

BOSTON, Mass. – Starting on January 3 the UMass Boston women's hockey team will be hosting the 6th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.  The Beacons who advanced to last year's championship game, will be hosting the four-team tournament on January 3 and 4. 

Competing in this year's tournament will be Stevenson University (Md.), Lake Forest College (Ill.), and Plymouth State University (N.H.). This year tournament will crown a first-time champion with Lake Forest having only competed in one Codfish, while UMB despite hosting the previous five tournaments has never hoisted the championship cup.  Plymouth State and Stevenson will be making their first appearances in the Codfish tournament this week.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Thursday, January 3
UMass Boston vs. Stevenson University, 1:00 p.m.
Lake Forest College (home team) vs. Plymouth State University, 4:00 p.m.

Friday, January 4
Consolation Game, 1:00 p.m.
Championship Game, 4:00 p.m.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The women's Codfish Bowl tournament has seen a combined 10 teams compete in it since its inception.  Trinity College (Conn.) has hoisted four of the tournament's championship, while Bowdoin College earned their first-ever title last year defeating the Beacons in overtime by the final of 2-1.

Founded in 2008, UMass Boston has hosted three teams from Connecticut (Trinity, Wesleyan U., Sacred Heart U.), two teams from New York (Oswego, Cortland), one team from Minnesota (Saint Mary's), one team from Maine (Bowdoin), one team from Pennsylvania (Neumann), and now teams from New Hampshire and Maryland.

A LOOK AT THIS YEAR'S FIELD

UMass Boston
Location: Boston, Mass.
Conference: ECAC East
Head Coach: Colleen Harris (3rd season)
Tournament Appearances/Record: 6/4-6
Overall Record: 3-6-1
Conference Record: 3-4-1

The Beacons are looking to end their five year drought and claim their first-ever Codfish Bowl title.  In the first half of the season, the Beacons played a very competitive schedule including games against national championship contenders Norwich University and Manhattanville College.  UMB did close out their 2012 slate with a huge 4-0 conference win over New England College.

 Leading the Beacons offense this season has been senior Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, Mass.), who has bounced back from a knee injury in a huge way.  To date the senior has five goals.  Sophomore Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) also stands as one of the Beacons top playmakers with her team-best five assists and nine points.  Between the pipes sophomore Kailyn Burke (Franklin, Mass.) and freshman Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) have shared time this season.  Burke notched her first career win and shutout with the 4-0 decision over New England College, while Schaejbe leads the team with a combined 211 saves.

Stevenson University
Location: Owings Mills, Md.
Conference: Independent
Head Coach: Shera Vis (1st season)
Tournament Appearances/Record: 1st/0-0
Overall Record: 4-4-0

The Mustangs of Stevenson University are currently in their first season as a varsity collegiate program. Under the direction of first-year head coach Shera Vis, Stevenson has faced a variety of competition throughout 2012.  They notched their first victory as a program on October 27 when they defeated Buffalo State College by the final of 4-1.  In their first-ever regular season home game the Mustangs dropped a 4-1 decision to Neumann University.

Going into the tournament, Molly O'Neill (Aurora, Colo.) leads her squad with four goals.  McKenzie Taggart (Centennial, Colo.) is the team leader in assists and points with five and eight respectively.  Madison Lange (Califon, N.J.) is also tied for the team lead in assists as well.  In total three different goalies have stepped onto the ice this season for the Mustangs, Sarah Modzelewski (Bloomington, Ind.), Anastassia Nelson (San Antonio, Texas), and Mackenzie Bruch (Hiram, Ga.).  Modezlewski leads the trio in minutes played with 239:09 and saves with 126.  She currently carries a record of 2-2-0.  Nelson has seen a total of 178 minutes of playing time and has made 75 stops and has a record of 1-2-0.  Bruch has played in two games making 60 saves and has a team-leading .938 save percentage.

Lake Forest College
Location: Lake Forest, Ill.
Conference: Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
Head Coach: Carisa Zaban (8th season)
Tournament Appearances/Record: 2nd/1-1
Overall Record: 3-2-4
Conference Record: 2-1-4

The Foresters of Lake Forest College return to Boston for their second try at a Codfish Bowl Tournament championship.  Their first trip to the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena occurred in 2010.  In that year they were defeated by UMB by the final of 3-1 in the opening round.  They then earned a 3-2 overtime win over Bowdoin College in the consolation game.  Coming into this year's tournament the Foresters will be looking to build off of their 4-3 win over conference rival Wisconsin-Superior.

Logan Taylor (Grosse Isle, Mich.) and Melissa Paluch (Parma, Mich.) lead the team in goals scored with four each.  Paluch also leads the squad in assists with four and has a team-best eight points.  She is also one of three players to record a game-winning goal, while Michelle Greeneway (Sheboygan, Wis.) is the teams go-to scorer on the power-play with her three tallys.   Jenna Brankin has played every minute in goal for the Foresters totaling 180 saves, a .923 save percentage, and a 2.07 goals against average.

Plymouth State University
Location: Plymouth, N.H.
Conference: ECAC East
Head Coach: Ashley Kilstein (2nd season)
Tournament Appearances/Record: 1st/0-0
Overall Record: 2-7-0
Conference Record: 1-5-0

No strangers to the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena are the Panthers of Plymouth State University.  One of the Beacons biggest rivals, the Panthers will be making their first Codfish Bowl Tournament appearance this week.  The first-half of the 2012-13 season has been a tough one for Ashley Kilstein's squad having recorded just two wins and dropping their first five games of the year.  PSU's first win came in the form of a 2-0 decision over Nichols College on December 1.  They then tallied their second win (3-1) on December 7 at Franklin Pierce University.

So far this season Stephanie Newmark (Sydney, Australia) has been the Panthers most consistent scorer have recorded two goals and leads the team in points with three alongside Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.).  Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and Nicole Crandle (Bristol, Conn.) have shared time between the pipes, with Ponte recorded 201 saves, while Crandle currently holds a 2.67 goals against average.