Cornell women’s ice hockey fell to Clarkson in a close ECAC championship game on Sunday afternoon, but gets another shot at the Golden Knights as the two teams return to action in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Big Red topped St. Lawrence 3-1 on Saturday in the ECAC tournament semifinal and advanced to Sunday afternoon’s final game. The Golden Knights had the game’s only goal in the first period.
Clarkson earns the ECAC’s automatic NCAA bid and the tournament’s overall second seed with its conference tournament win, and will host Cornell. The Big Red and the Saints both reach the tournament thanks to the pairwise rankings used to determine the final NCAA team standings.
“We’re really excited that we got into the NCAA tournament,” said Cornell head coach Doug Derraugh in a statement. “Our team worked really hard to make this happen this year and I’m really proud of our team and really excited about this opportunity.”
It’s the sixth NCAA tournament appearance for the Big Red, who reached the Frozen Four in 2010, 2011, and 2012. They fell in triple overtime to Minnesota-Duluth in the 2010 national championship game.
Also reaching the NCAA tournament this month are Wisconsin, Robert Morris, Boston College, Minnesota-Duluth, and Minnesota. The Saints will play at Boston College at 1pm, and the Big Red face Clarkson in Potsdam at 3pm, on Saturday, March 11th.
The winners of the quarterfinal round will head to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri for the Frozen Four, with semifinals on March 17th and a championship game on March 19th.