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FINISH LINE TIME

02/05/2016, 1:30pm EST
By DVCHC Women's Hockey

As the Regular Season Ends, Final Showdowns are Taking Shape

Next Friday, the 2016 Frozen Fair will begin at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  

This Friday it's do or die to get there.

 

The final weekend of the 2015-2016 regular season is here.  

Here are the match-ups, the stakes and everything else to watch for.

D1's Not Done


TERPS OR TIGERS
MARYLAND (8-1) secured a 1st round bye this weekend.  TOWSON (9-0) did the same after winning a double-header at Slippery Rock.  Saturday, they'll each play a final regular-season game... against each other!  Winner take all.  Well, kinda.  If UMD wins, ‘season goals against' will determine the 1st seed.  Super Bowl got nothin on this.

WRAPPING UP
Last weekend, Elizabeth Hitti's 6 points and Alyssa Johncola's 78 save performance gave UPENN the 5th seed at playoffs, over LOYOLA.  This weekend the Greyhounds look to even the score in a rematch at home.  Nearby, VILLANOVA takes on SAINT JOSEPH'S in a cross-division, Philadelphia-off / senior send-off.

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"Penn celebrated their Senior Night, their last home game of the season, with a commanding win over Loyola. It was a great night, as both veterans and rookies alike contributed to the scoresheet... Hopefully this energy and momentum will carry over as we face Loyola again this weekend and head into playoffs."  Kieran Koch-Laskowski

SEED TEAM RECORD PTS PTS LEFT
#1 Towson or UMD
#2 Towson or UMD
#3 VILLANOVA (6-4-0) 12 -
#4 SLIPPERY ROCK (3-4-0) 6 -
#5 UPENN (2-7-0) 4 2 pts
#6 LOYOLA (0-9-0) 0 2 pts

The Fire Below (D2 South)


It's the final weekend of the regular season and D2 South is STILL a mixed bag.  TWELVE points are up for grabs as every team claws for a seat at the show.

Snowstorm Jonas cancelled AMERICAN's doubleheader at UVA.  The teams will settle for a 1 game make-up, 11:45pm Friday night.  This coffee match-up will be for all 4 series points and could determine who's in and who's out.

Jonas also threw a wrench into IUP's trip east, rescheduled to this weekend.  The Crimson Hawks are a lock for 2nd or 3rd but this trip will determine which one it is.

NAVY visits UVA Saturday and Sunday.  It's going to be a thrilling two games and the winner wins the division for a 1st round bye.  

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"Navy women's hockey is hard at work preparing for an exciting weekend of hockey at UVA.  As the Midshipmen look ahead to the DVCHC tournament, their sights are set on the goal of winning the D2 Championship!"  -- Claire M. Clark, MIDN USN

SEED TEAM RECORD PTS PTS LEFT
#1 UVA / NAVY
#2 UVA / IUP / NAVY
#3 UVA / IUP / NAVY / AU
x UVA / AU

True North (D2 North)


D2 South may be shopping the day before a holiday but D2 North wrapped up all of it's seeding last weekend.  It's finishing up this weekend with some of the strongest performances in the entire league.

COLUMBIA, likely to finish with the most goals in all the DVCHC, completed a 9-1 season to finish 1st in the North.  ROWAN, a close 2nd, could finish 9-1-1 after facing IUP this weekend.  They currently have the least goals allowed in all the DVCHC.  SAINT JOSEPH'S will also play 2 games this weekend after securing the 3rd seed, following a narrow loss to Rowan.  RUTGERS is out of post-season contention but finished the year with a 1st win over American at home.  Nice work!

SEED TEAM RECORD PTS PTS LEFT
#1 COLUMBIA (9-1-0) 18 pts -
#2 ROWAN (7-1-1) 15 pts 2 pts
#3 SAINT JOESPH'S (5-5-0) 10 pts 2 pts
x RUTGERS (1-8-0) 2 pts -

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