Teams ready to battle for title
Defending champ Norwich leads automatic qualifiers
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Committee has announced the eight teams selected for the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship. Of the eight teams selected, five received automatic qualification berths as winners of their conference championship. Three schools were selected from Pool C, which consists of schools from automatic-qualifying conferences that were not the conference champion.
|AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING CONFERENCE||CHAMPION|
|ECAC East Hockey League||Norwich|
|ECAC West Hockey League||RIT|
|Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic||Gustavus Adolphus|
|New England Small College Athletic||Middlebury|
|Northern Collegiate Hockey Association||Wisconsin-River Falls|
The three at-large selections are Amherst College, Concordia College, Moorhead and Plattsburgh State University of New York.
Four first-round games will be played at campus sites March 9 or 10. Dates and times for these games will be announced later Monday.
Based on Division III bracketing principles, teams are paired in the bracket based on 1) minimizing the number of flights; and 2) avoiding conference matchups in first-round games. Following the first-round games, the host for the semifinals, third-place game and final will be determined based on the seed of the four advancing teams and minimization of flights.
The four winners of the first-round games will play in the semifinals March 16, and the final and third-place game will be held March 17. The semifinals, third-place game and final will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
In 2011, Norwich defeated RIT in Rochester, N.Y. to win its first Division III women's hockey title.