Third-Seeded Mustangs Set to Face Second-Seeded William Smith in UCHC Semifinals

Third-Seeded Mustangs Set to Face Second-Seeded William Smith in UCHC Semifinals

Game Notes

Game 27:
Saturday, March 3 | 7 PM
Murray Athletic Center | Elmira, N.Y.
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William Smith won the first-ever meeting between the two teams back when the teams met in November, 7-1. Stevenson responded with a 2-2 overtime tie the next day. In the two-game series, the Mustangs held a 70-62 edge in shots, including 36-28 in the opening game. Stevenson went a combined 1-for-14 on the power play while the Herons were 4-for-6.

Krista Federow totaled five points for William Smith in the two games, netted two goals and dishing out three assists. Stephanie Hampton recorded four points on one goal and three assists while Maura Mulligan had three assists. For the Mustangs, Chelsea Ellis had a goal while Sarah Antonelli had two assists.

In net, Maggie Salmon played all 125 minutes in net for the Herons, stopped 67 of 70 shots on net. For Stevenson, both Caitie Darosa and Annie Smyth-Hammond received a start in net.

William Smith earned a first round bye after finishing second in the UCHC during the regular season. The Herons are unbeaten in six of their last seven games, with the lone blemish coming in a 2-1 overtime loss versus top-seeded and third-ranked Elmira. The Herons boast the eighth best scoring offense, netting 4.12 goals per game while allowing the 10th fewest goals against in the nation. William Smith is the 11th most penalized team in the country, serving 10.4 minutes per game in the box.

Krista Federow ranks tied for 23rd in the nation with 1.28 points per game and 12th with 0.80 assists per game. Rebecca Begley, who was named to the UCHC First Team, ranks tied for 16th amongst defensemen with 0.76 points per game. In net, Maggie Salmon ranks sixth with a .951 save percentage and 15th with a 1.50 goals against average.

The Mustangs claimed the inaugural Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship with a 3-1 victory over Manhattanville after the two teams posted a scoreless tie in the first of a two-game series. Stevenson finished unbeaten in MAC play, going 5-0-1. Senior Savannah Sommers recorded her first career multi-goal game, scoring the game-winning goal with a shorthanded tally in the second period before adding an empty net insurance goal late in the third. 

Stevenson boasted a conference best eight all-conference players in the MAC, with senior Chelsea Blackburn being named the Co-Offensive Player of the Year, her third player of the year in her career. She was also the lone Mustang to earn All-Conference honors in the UCHC, being named to the Second Team. Freshman Trinity Barcless was named the Rookie of the Year while head coach Tracy Johnson earned Coach of the Year honors. Joining Blackburn on the first team is senior Natalie Rosendahl while seniors Chelsea Ellis, Monica Pozuc and Sarah Antonelli as well as junior Caitie Darosa were named to the Second Team. Barlcess and junior Allie Sabatini were named honorable mention. 

After starting the season winless in its first seven games and posted its first win on November 26, the Mustangs have not looked back. Stevenson is unbeaten in 18 of its last 19 and is riding a 15-game unbeaten streak, which ranks second in Division III as well as setting a new program record. The streak is only behind second-ranked Plattsburgh. The Mustangs have wins in 10 of their last 12 games, with the lone blemishes being ties. Stevenson was outscored 39-5 in the opening seven games and have since outscored its opponents, 75-28. 

Stevenson has never lost an overtime game in program history, posting a 5-0-9 record. The Mustangs have posted five ties this season, the first time with multiple ties in a season, and is 3-0-7 in overtime on home ice. Chelsea Blackburn has a hand in four of the five overtime winning goals, scoring two of them while assisting on the other two. Meanwhile, junior Maddy Ricci has a hand in two of those goals, both scoring and assisting. 

Stevenson is nearly unbeatable when scoring at least three goals as the team has posted a 61-5-3 program record. In comparison, the Mustangs are 20-43-8 when held to two or fewer goals. Defensively, the team is 71-9-8 when holding opponents to two goals or less compared to 10-51-2 when allowing three of more goals. When the Mustangs take at least 30 shots in a game, the team is 54-13-6 under Johnson compared to 19-43-6 when being held to under 30 shots. 

Blackburn and Pozuc have combined for 65 points this season on 32 goals and 33 assists. They have nine power play goals between the two, four game-winning goals and three shorthanded goals. Each skater has recorded a hat trick. 

Blackburn is one assists shy of moving into a tie for second place all-time (48).
Pozuc is one assist shy of 50 for her career.
Pozuc is one power play goal shy of tying the record of 17, currently held by Blackburn.