BOSTON, Mass. – One of the longest postseason rivalries will come to an end on Friday at the Kreitzberg Arena on the campus of Norwich University as the third-seeded Beacons (19-7-0, 12-5-0 NEHC) will face the second-seeded Valiants of Manhattanville College (16-8-2, 12-4-1 (NEHC) for the final time in the semi-final round of the New England Hockey Conference Tournament at 7 p.m.
What – 2017 New England Hockey Conference Tournament Semi-final Round
Who - #2 Manhattanville College
Where – Kreitzberg Arena, Northfield, Vt.
When – Friday, March 3 - 7:00 PM
Tickets - $6 General Admission/$3 Students w/ ID
HOW THEY GOT HERE
The Beacons earned their fifth trip to the semi-final round of the conference tournament after earning a hard fought 3-1 win over the sixth-seeded Seahawks of Salve Regina University. Rachel Peacock (Billerica, Mass.) tied the score at 1-1 midway through the first period, while Lizzie Aveson (West Covina, Calif.) and Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) scored back-to-back goals in the second period to clinch the win for the Beacons. Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) made 25 stops to improve to 4-0 in conference tournament play.
January 13 – UMass Boston 3, Manhattanville College 2
February 18 – UMass Boston 3, Manhattanville College 2
First Meeting – January 24, 2004
Total Games Played – 35
UMass Boston Wins – 8
Manhattanville Wins – 26
Ties - 1
Postseason Meetings – 8 (UMB 3, MC 5 )
March 6, 2004 – Manhattanville 12, UMass Boston 0 (Semi-Final)
March 4, 2006 – Manhattanville 6, UMass Boston 3 (Semi-Final)
March 5, 2011 – Manhattanville 2, UMass Boston 1 (Semi-Final)
February 25, 2012 – Manhattanville 2, UMass Boston 0 (Quarterfinal)
March 2, 2013 – Manhattanville 5, UMass Boston 2 (Semi-Final)
February 22, 2014 – UMass Boston 3, Manhattanville 0 (Quarterfinal)
February 28, 2015 – UMass Boston 3, Manhattanville 2 (Quarterfinal)
February 27, 2016 – UMass Boston 4, Manhattanville 0 (Quarterfinal)
UMass Boston – 1 (2016)
Manhattanville – 8 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011)
ABOUT THE BEACONS
Anchored by Myette the Beacons have produced a season for the record books. Under the direction of second year head coach Lindsay Berman, the Beacons set the program mark for wins in a season with 19, and home wins with 11. This year's team boasts 10 players who have recorded 10 or more points heading into the conference semi-final.
The Beacons have owned the regular season series with the Valiants for the last two years, and have also defeated their longtime rivals in the 2015 and 2016 quarterfinal rounds.
Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) has paced the Beacons offense this year with her 18 points and nine goals. Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) has also made an immediate impact in her first season in a Beacons sweater posting 17 points. The Division I transfer played a major part in the Beacons win over Salve Regina as she recorded a goal and an assist to boost her season totals to seven goals, and 10 assists, which is tied for the team lead.
The Beacons will need their defense to play some of their best hockey this season, if they are to win their second straight conference title. Kat Armstrong (Kingston, Ont.), who is tied for the lead in assists with 10, will look to lead her teammates against a formidable Valiants offense. Line mate Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) will also have to play some of her best hockey, and will need to use her tournament experience from a year ago to keep the Beacons firing on all cylinders.
As the reigning NEHC Tournament MVP, Myette needs to be at her best this Friday. The Duxbury native enters this year's tournament with a 1.99 goals against average and 511 total saves in 1,085 minutes of playing time. In her previous two meetings with the Valiants, Myette recorded a combined 82 saves respectively. In their home win over the Valiants, Myette registered an impressive 21 stops in the third period to keep the Valiants scoreless in the 3-2 victory.
ABOUT THE VALIANTS
In their quarterfinal win over the University of Southern Maine, Manhattanville scored four times in the second period, after trailing 2-1 through the first intermission on their way to a 6-2 win. Nicole Mensi and Sarah Sinning lead Manhattanville's offense with 24 points each. Mensi has been the go-to goal scorer for the Valiants with her 17 tallies, while Sinning sits second with 10. Sinning also leads the team in assists with 14.
Between the pipes Rose Pijaca will be the anchor for the Valiants defense. In 822 minutes Pijaca leads the team with 320 saves and a 1.90 goals against average. She enters this year's tournament with an 8-3-2 record and has allowed 26 goals against to date. In the win over the Huskies, Pijaca registered 21 saves to earn her first tournament win.
The winner of Friday's contest will advance to the championship round of the tournament, which will be played Kreitzberg Arena. The winner will face either Norwich University or the University of New England. The winner of this year's tournament will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.