NORTHFIELD, Vt. - This afternoons ECAC East Division III womens hockey semi-final round matchup between UMass Boston and host Norwich University will have a strong North Country presence.
A total of three former Section 10 standouts will be taking to the ice. Competing for UMass Boston (12-10-4) are Potsdam Central graduate Kelly Sharlow, a junior, and Massena Central product Alexa Cappione, a sophomore. Both have played lead roles as members of a very stingy Beacons blueline corps. Cappione has played in all 26 games this season and has tallied four points while Sharlow has an even plus/minus through 19 games.
Fifth-seeded UMass Boston upset No. 4 seed Manhattanville 3-0 last Saturday to advance to the semifinal round for the second straight season and the fourth time in the last five seasons.
Also on hand at todays game from Massena will be Allison Greene, who gets a regular shift as a sophomore forward for Norwich (23-3). In 22 games played, Greene has produced four points. The Cadets opened the tournament with an 8-1 win over New England College.
Norwich won its fourth straight ECAC East regular season title and became the first team in league history to finish with a perfect record.
A berth in the ECAC East Tournament Championship will be on the line this afternoon. Norwich will be looking to advance to its sixth straight ECAC East title game, while UMass-Boston will be attempting to get there for the first time. Norwich has won four of the last five ECAC East Championships, including the last two. The other semi-final matchup pits Salve Regina against Castleton. Salve will be looking to get back to the ECAC East title game for the first time since 2009, while Castleton will be looking to make its first-ever appearance. The ECAC East Championship will be held on Saturday, March 8, at the higher-remaining seed.