Plattsburgh begins National Championship defense on March 14

Plattsburgh begins National Championship defense on March 14

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Plattsburgh State women's ice hockey team, the automatic qualifier out of the Northeast Women's Hockey League (NEWHL), will host either Amherst College or Norwich University in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday, March 14, at 3 p.m. at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena, as announced Monday by the NCAA.
 
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students with valid identification, $3 for children between the ages of 3-12 and free for children 2 years old and under. The Field House box office will open at 1:30 p.m. the day of the game.

This marks Plattsburgh State's (26-1-0) 16th NCAA appearance after the Cardinals earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament with a 6-1 win over Oswego State in the championship game of the NEWHL Tournament on Saturday, March 7.

Plattsburgh State has won seven NCAA Division III national championships, including five of the past six, and has advanced to the national semifinals for eight straight seasons. The Cardinals defeated Hamline University, 4-0, in last year's championship game in Mendota Heights, Minn.

The Cardinals will face the winner of the first-round game between Amherst (17-5-5) and Norwich (22-4-2), which is being contested at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, in Amherst, Mass.

Amherst earned an automatic bid into the tournament after defeating Middlebury College, 2-1, in the championship game of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament on Sunday, March 8. Norwich defeated Suffolk University, 9-2, in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Tournament championship game on Saturday, March 7, to earn an automatic bid.    

The winner of Plattsburgh State's quarterfinal game will play the victor of the quarterfinal contest between Elmira College and Adrian College on Friday, March 20, in the semifinal round at the site of the highest-remaining seed.