HAMDEN, Connecticut – The Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team has been awarded the No. 4 overall seed in the 2016 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament and will host the Clarkson Golden Knights on Saturday, March 12 at 2 PM at High Point Solutions Arena.
Quinnipiac has earned an automatic berth, been awarded a national seed and a home NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal game for the first time in program history after capturing their first ever ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship with a 1-0 win over Clarkson on Sunday, March 13. The win snapped Clarkson’s 18-game unbeaten streak.
Members of the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team and staff gathered in the players’ lounge on Sunday night to watch the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament selection show to find out their first round opponent for their second NCAA Tournament appearance.
Quinnipiac will face Clarkson for the fourth time this season after going 2-0-1 against the Golden Knights in 2015-16, including a 3-0 win at Cheel Arena on Nov. 20 before the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie in their final regular season matchup on Feb. 13. Quinnipiac went on to defeat Clarkson, 1-0, in the ECAC Hockey Championship Game in their third matchup.
Last season, the Bobcats qualified for their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance where they took on the No. 3 seed Harvard Crimson in Cambridge, Massachusetts, falling 5-0.
The Bobcats’ 2015-16 season has been full of program records and program firsts. With their championship victory on Sunday, the Bobcats won 30 games in a single season for the first time in program history and became just the second ever Quinnipiac men’s or women’s ice hockey team to win at least 30 games in a single season. The Bobcats also won their first ever ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship and ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship.
Head coach Cassandra Turner’s 30 victories this season are the most by a NCAA Women’s Hockey Coach in their first season while goaltender Sydney Rossman’s 31 wins are the most in program history. Rossman has also tied the program record for shutouts in a single season with 16 after the 1-0 shutout against Clarkson in the ECAC Hockey Championship.
In addition to Quinnipiac and Clarkson, ECAC Hockey’s Princeton Tigers also qualified for the NCAA Tournament where they will take on the No. 3 seed Minnesota on March 12. ECAC Hockey led all conferences with three selections in the NCAA Tournament, followed Hockey East and the WCHA with two apiece and the CHA receiving one bid.
The winner of the game between Quinnipiac and Clarkson will move on to the Frozen Four at the Whittemore Center on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham from March 18-20.
Keep checking QuinnipiacBobcats.com throughout the week for more information on the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team in the NCAA Tournament.