BOSTON, Mass.—Beginning January 2, UMass Boston women's hockey will host the 7th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena. This year's edition of the Codfish Bowl includes Stevenson University and Neumann University, along with first-time participants Connecticut College.
The two-day tournament begins January 3 at 12 pm, with the two winners moving on to compete in Friday's Codfish Bowl Championship Game at 4 p.m. UMass Boston will be looking for their first-ever title in the Codfish Bowl Tournament, while Neumann University and Stevenson University both are aiming for their first title game appearance in their second trip to the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
Thursday, January 2 (Note Time Changes for First Day)
UMass Boston vs. Stevenson University, 12:00 p.m.
Neumann University (home team) vs. Connecticut College, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, January 3 (Note Time Changes for Second Day)
Consolation Game, 3:00 p.m.
Championship Game, 6:00 p.m.
The women's Codfish Bowl will have a new champion for the third-straight year, as past champions Trinity College (four), Bowdoin College (one) and Lake Forest College (one) are not in this year's field. UMass Boston carries a 5-7 record all-time in the tournament and the Beacons have advanced to the championship game in all but one edition of the tournament.
In last year's tournament, UMass Boston knocked off Stevenson University 2-1, while Lake Forest College edged Plymouth State University 5-0. The Foresters went on to earn a 5-1 win over UMass Boston in the title game, thanks to a big three-goal second period.
Location: Boston, Mass.
Conference: ECAC East
Head Coach: Colleen Harris (4th season)
Tournament Appearances/Record: 7th/5-7
Overall Record: 3-6-2
Conference Record: 1-4-0
UMass Boston continues their quest for their first ever Codfish Bowl Tournament Title after advancing to their fifth Codfish Bowl Tournament Championship Game in six tries last year. While the Beacons struggled throughout November, they entered the break playing their best hockey of the season with a 2-0-1 record in their final three games of the fall semester. Goaltenders Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) and Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) combined for back-to-back shutouts in the Beacons' last final two games before break-to tie the program-record for consecutive shutouts.
The two goalies have each started five games this season with comparable stats; Schaejbe (1.62 GAA, .938 save percentage) does hold a slight lead over Bradley (1.74 GAA, .922 save percentage). Offensively, senior co-captain Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) leads the team with six points (3 G, 3 A), while Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) paces the Beacons with her five goals. The Beacons have one of their deepest rosters in program history, as 28 players have already earned playing time during the first semester.
Location: Owings Mills, Md.
Head Coach: Tracy Johnson (1st season)
Tournament Appearances/Record: 2nd/1-1
Overall Record: 3-7-1
First-year head coach Tracy Johnson leads Stevenson University back to the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena where the Mustangs earned one of the program's six victories last season. After falling 2-1 last season to the Beacons in the opening round, Stevenson knocked off Plymouth State University 3-1 behind a two-point day from Rachel Martell. Now in their second season at the Division III level, Stevenson is 6-6-1 against the other three Division III independents: SUNY Canton, Franklin Pierce University, University of New England and Division I Independent Sacred Heart University, and 3-16-1 against all other Division III competition.
After a 3-1-1 start to the year, Stevenson has lost six-straight road games, with all six coming by multiple-goals. Sophomore Mackenzie Taggart is tied for fifth in the nation with her 11 goals and tied for second in the country with her six power-play tallies. The former Colorado Select player has led the team in goals and points in each of the program's two seasons, with former club teammate Molly O'Neill (four goals and seven points) ranked second both years. In net, McKenzie Bruch and Sarah Modzelewski have split time for the second consecutive year.
Location: Aston, Pa.
Conference: ECAC West
Head Coach: Kelly Rider (1st season)
Tournament Appearances/Record: 2nd/1-1
Overall Record: 2-8-0
Conference Record: 1-5-0
Neumann University returns to the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena and the Codfish Bowl for the second time in program history, after previously competing in the 2009 tournament. The Knights dropped their opening round game to eventual champion Trinity College (Conn.) 6-5, before knocking off UMass Boston 4-3 in the consolation round. This year's team is off to a slow start at 2-8 and 1-5 in ECAC West play under first-year head coach Kelly Rider. While the Knights have played well at home (2-2), they will be looking for their first win (0-6) away from the friendly confines of the IceWorks Skating Complex.
Offense has been problematic for the Knights this season, as they have been held to one goal or fewer in seven of their 10 contests. Freshman Meghan Power leads the team with her four assists and six points, while Shanelle Doucette owns the team lead with her three goals. Last year's leading scorer Edie Brenning (10 G, 11 A) has been held to just one goal and three assists thus far this season. Justina Mayr has seen the majority of time in goal this year and has posted a team-best 3.26 goals against average and .902 save percentage in eight appearances.
Location: New London, Conn.
Head Coach: Kristin Steele (13th season)
Tournament Appearances/Record: 1st/ 0-0
Overall Record: 4-2-2
Conference Record: 1-1-2
The Camels of Connecticut College will be making their first-ever appearance in the Codfish Bowl Tournament this year as the sole representative of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The NESCAC has had at least one representative in the tournament in five of the six prior tournaments, with Bowdoin and Trinity combining to go 11-3 in their combined 7 appearances.
Connecticut College is off to a 4-2-2 start thanks to a three-game winning streak right before the holiday break. The winning streak included back-to-back wins over fellow tournament participant Stevenson University. This year's team is led by seniors Olivia Farrell (4 G, 2 A) and Courtney Dumont (1 G, 4 A) who sit in first and second place on the team in points. Kelsie Fralick has been phenomenal in net, registering a 1.29 goals against average and .952 save percentage in six starts.