Dec. 10, 2009

By Amy Farnum

Plattsburgh climbed to No. 1 in the latest Division III poll following a two-game sweep of Neumann University by a combined score of 13-0 as the Cardinals finished the first half of the season with an 8-0-0 mark.

The Cardinals hold the top spot for the first time since Jan. 19, moving ahead of defending NCAA champion Amherst which posted a 1-0-1 record against Trinity (Conn.) last weekend.

Junior goaltender Mandy Mackrell registered back-to-back shutouts for the first time in her career, stopping 42 shots against Neumann in two games to earn ECAC West Goaltender of the Week honors.  The native of Cleveland, Ohio, lowered her goals against average to 1.20, which ranks second in the ECAC West, and leads the league with a .943 save percentage.

Senior center Stephanie Moberg paced the offense, tallying four goals and an assist in the series as she garnered the league’s Player of the Week award.  The native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., became the sixth player in school history to reach the 100-point career mark during the weekend, and now has 102 points on 41 goals and 61 assists in 88 career games.

The Cardinals resume action on Jan. 3-4 at the Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Middlebury College.       

SHOWDOWN: No. 2 Amherst and No. 4 RIT will be featured as the Women’s Game of the Week on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in a match-up of nationally-ranked unbeaten teams in Amherst.  The two teams will also play on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Lord Jeffs, the defending NCAA champions, have given up just three goals in five contests this season, while RIT is scoring a Division III-leading 6.83 goals per game.

RIT’s Sarah Dagg paces the nation with 12 assists, while Amherst sophomore goalie tops Division III with a 0.00 goals against average.

Live video and audio of Friday’s contest can be accessed here:,WGOTW.html

NO RED HERRING: Lake Forest stretched its season-opening unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 1-0-1 mark versus UW-Stevens Point last weekend, and climbed up to No. 7 in the national rankings on the merits on the squad’s early success.

Sophomore Kim Herring contributed five goals and six points against the Pointers, including her second hat trick of the season in a 6-1 victory on Dec. 5.  The native of Dover, N.H., added a pair of scores in a 4-4 tie the next day, including the Foresters’ fourth goal of the contest.  She was named the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Week for her contributions.
Herring has 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points on the season.  Her 2.20 points per game is third in the nation, and her 14 goals ranks first in total goals.    

The Foresters return to the ice at the Codfish Bowl on Jan. 2-3, and will face UMass-Boston in the first contest of the tournament.

STREAK STOPPER:  St. Thomas senior Kara Ledel provided both goals in 2-1 win over then-No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus as the Tommies snapped the Gusties’ 50-game Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference streak (48-0-2).  The native of Shakopee, Minn., was named MIAC Player of the Week for her efforts.

The two teams tied 2-2 the next day.  The Tommies’ 1-0-1 weekend marked the first time in 55 weekend conference series that the Gusties were denied a victory. It also was the first time in 66 games that any player scored twice in a game on Gustavus' defense.