Women heading to nationals

A slow start to a crucial game had fans on the edge of their seats at last  Sunday’s Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) playoff hockey game against the Manhattanville College Valiants.

But playoff tensions were broken almost four minutes into the first period when sophomore Vanessa Champaign assisted fellow sophomore Tyne Gove for the Lady Cadets’ first goal of the game.

Despite numerous penalties, the high-speed game never lost momentum.

Senior goalie Kelly Fisk makes a save in the third period. (Lauren Guba Photo)

Senior goalie Kelly Fisk makes a save in the third period. (Lauren Guba Photo)

The cadets rode this momentum into the second period, boasting goals from junior Kayla Parsons and freshmen Taylor Cross with assists by Tori Charron, Kaycie Anderson, and Tyne Gove.

With a 3-0 lead to start the third period, the Norwich women were well on their way to their fourth ECAC championship in the last five years. But the Norwich defense was put to the test in the third period with multiple scoring opportunities for Manhattanville.

Norwich’s defense continued to hold strong when the Valiants were given a three-on-five penalty play scenario when two Norwich players were sent to the penalty box.

With two minutes left in the game, Manhattanville pulled their goalie to add an additional skater to the ice. The Norwich defense managed to hold off the Valiants, leaving Manhattanville scoreless in the third period and winning a hard-fought game shutout.

Norwich goalie Kelly Fiske was unbeatable in goal, stopping all 15 opposing shots on net throughout the game. The shutout game left Manhattanville as the ECAC championship runner-up, while the Cadets celebrated their victory as ECAC champs.

Three Norwich players won honors: Tyne Gove, Kelly Fiske and Marie-Philip Guay were selected for the all-tournament team. The most outstanding player honor was awarded to junior Kayla Parsons.

After a successful conference tournament, the women are headed to the NCAA Division III quarter- finals, in a battle for the national championship.

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