An unexpected matchup between two very different teams from opposite ends of the country pitted two teams that, despite their differences, had similar paths to get to the final round. Both CSU Fullerton and the University of Tennessee pulled out one-goal wins over conference rivals in the Elite Eight, and then won one-goal thrillers with less than 10 seconds left in the Final Four.]]>
Let’s set the scene for the DI National Championship game: On one side is Lindenwood, a team who, despite their lengthy pedigree, was looking to get back to their former glory. Lindenwood had never gone three consecutive years without winning a Championship. The Lions were led into the championship game by the trio of Adam Swims, Jalen Krogman and Trenton Matteson, who were looking to return the team to its spot on top of the NCRHA’s pinnacle.]]>
Division II moves into the Elite 8 tonight with games beginning at 7pm. Here are each of the individual matchups for the quarterfinal round.
Stony Brook University Seawolves v. University of Arkansas Razorbacks
Stony Brook has taken an improbable route to this moment. They had to defeat a good DePaul team and now have to face an Arkansas team who is fresh off defeating their conference rival Louisiana Tech.
Today marks the beginning of the end for the Division 1 portion of the NCRHA National Championships. Four elite programs face off this afternoon on the Mission Rink in Ft. Myers, FL. They are each playing for a chance to compete for the coveted NCRHA National Championship; the culmination of our year long season.]]>
Before you tune into the live stream, take a look at each of the Sweet 16 games in Division 1.
Farmingdale State College Rams v. University of Missouri Tigers
The Rams began their elimination round play squaring off against the Mizzou Tigers. The Tigers fresh off of a gutsy win against the Rowan University Profs were looking to play the role of spoiler.
A Look at the DII Dark Horses going into the Elimination Rounds
Why they’ll win, lose, and why you should/shouldn’t root for them
Division II playoffs begin tomorrow morning and while you begin to pencil in brackets, here’s a highlight of teams that might bust it.
DePaul - 3-0-0 in Pool D
Why They’ll Win:
By Ian Prescott of NCRHA Coast to Coast
The sun has risen and set on the first day of pool play. The National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships are 5 days of non-stop action. Teams have travelled from coast to coast to compete across four divisions all in search of a illustrious (and often elusive) National Championship.]]>
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The playoff schedule will be posted later in the week.>]]>
Junior College DivisionSt. Charles Community College St. Louis Community College West Valley College
Teams will be contacted via email later tonight with event registration information.>]]>
Division 3Arizona State University Bethel University Farmingdale State College Florida Gulf Coast University Grand Valley State University Lindenwood University Michigan State University University of Missouri Neumann University Rowan University University of California Santa Barbara West Valley College Alternate #1 - State University of New York at Cortland Alternate #2 - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Alternate #3 - University of Arizona Alternate #4 - California State University Fullerton
Division 2University of Akron University of Arizona University of Arkansas California State University Chico California State University Fullerton DePaul University University of Denver East Carolina University Endicott College University of Florida Illinois State University Kansas State University Louisiana Tech Northern Arizona University The Ohio State University State University of New York at Oswego Pennsylvania State University Stony Brook University University of Tennesee Knoxville Yeshiva University Alternate #1 - Florida State University Alternate #2 - Maryville University Alternate #3 - Michigan Technological University Alternate #4 - Virginia Tech
Division 1Arizona State University Bethel University Cal Poly San Luis Obispo California State University Long Beach Eastern Michigan University Farmingdale State College Florida Gulf Coast University Grand Valley State University Hofstra University Lindenwood University University of Massachusetts Miami University Michigan State University University of Missouri Neumann University University of Rhode Island Robert Morris University Rowan University Temple University Texas Tech University University of California Santa Barbara University of Missouri St.]]>
After the D3 win, U of A faced both Cal Poly Pomona and UC San Diego. Arizona opened up the scoring against Cal Poly Pomona, but Pomona counted 1 minute later, and scored 2 more goals in the 1st, taking a 3-1 lead into the 1st intermission. Arizona turned it on in the 2nd, outscoring Pomona 5-2 in the 2nd and not looking back. Arizona would win the game 11-5. Jacob Toro led the scoring with 3 goals and 4 assists. For Pomona, Ian Duffy netted 2 to lead the Broncos. Arizona got up early on UC San Diego, scoring 5 consecutive goals in the 1st. They went on to cruise to a 8-1 victory, led by Taylor Knight’s 3 goals and Jesse Rooney’s 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists). Rooney also had a 4 point game in the Wildcats win against CSU Fullerton (1 goal, 3 assists).]]>
In the LU/UCSB game, UCSB’s Kyle Clements scored just 13 seconds into the game, assisted by Kyle Mooney. UCSB would hold that 1-0 lead for all of the first and the first 4 minutes of the 2nd. At 4:05 of the 2nd period, LU’s Trevor Borja got them on the board. UCSB had 2 power plays in the 2nd, but were unable to convert. In the 3rd, it was UCSB taking 2 penalties, and on the 1st one, Trenton Matteson scored a power play goal, to take the lead. Just 11 seconds later, Anthony Erace scored to put LU up 3-1. UCSB battled hard, outshooting LU 11-8 in the final period, and scored with 27 seconds remaining in the game, to cut the lead to 1. UCSB pressed on, but time ran short and the game ended in a 3-2 Lindenwood win.]]>
Arizona State's D3 squad finished off strong, going 4-0 in the event, led by Clay Heinze (brother of WCRHL and ASU alumni Will Heinze) and Zach Kenyon.]]>
Most notably, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, after a disappointing 2015-2016 season, has started the season 3-0, with several new players, including goaltender Mitchell Myjak. Returning players Daniel Kumata and Alex Waddel lead the team in goals with 3 a piece, but the rest of the squad is contributing offensively and also playing outstanding defense.]]>
More photos have been posted on the WCRHL Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/wcrhl/]]>