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The 2003 ECAC Tournament took place between March 7, 2003 and March 22, 2003 for the Men's Division I league and between March 7, 2003 and March 16, 2003 for the Women's Division I league.


Men's Tournament Edit

The regular season champions were the Cornell Big Red. Along with Harvard, Dartmouth, and Yale, Cornell recieved a first round bye.

The seeds for the men's tournament were:

First RoundEdit

The first round was played during March 7-9 at the site of the higher seed. The teams played a best of 3 series.

Meehan Auditorium - Providence, RI Game 1 Game 2
#5 Brown 23
#12 Princeton 11
Achilles Center - Schenectady, NY Game 1 Game 2
#6 Union 12
#11 Rensselaer 23
Cheel Arena - Potsdam, NY Game 1 Game 2
#7 Clarkson 21
#10 Vermont 36
Starr Rink - Hamilton, NY Game 1 Game 2 (ot) Game 3
#8 Colgate 135
#9 St. Lawrence 222


QuarterfinalsEdit

The quarterfinals were played March 14-16 at the site of the higher seed.

Lynah Rink - Ithaca, NY Game 1 Game 2
#1 Cornell 34
#11 Rensselaer 20
Bright Hockey Center - Boston, MA Game 1 Game 2
#2 Harvard 45
#10 Vermont 21
Thompson Arena - Hanover, NH Game 1 (ot) Game 2 Game 3
#3 Dartmouth 335
#8 Colgate 412
Ingalls Rink - New Haven, CT Game 1 (ot) Game 2 Game 3
#4 Yale 320
#5 Brown 414


ECAC Final FourEdit

The ECAC Championships took place March 19 and 20 at Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York. The games were single-elimination. It was the first time in ECAC history that all of the semifinal teams were from the Ivy League.

Semifinal #1 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#1 Cornell 0112
#5 Brown 0000


Semifinal #2 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#2 Harvard 2215
#3 Dartmouth 0123


Dartmouth and Brown, losers on the first day of the Final Four, faced each other in the consolation game on March 20.

ECAC Third Place Game 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#3 Dartmouth 0224
#5 Brown 0112

Cornell and Harvard, bitter rivals, met in the ECAC Championship Game for the second straight year. Cornell gained some revenge for the previous year's double-overtime loss, defeating the Crimson 3-2, this time requiring only one overtime session. Mark McRae scored with the Big Red net empty with 33 seconds left in the game, and Sam Paolini scored the game winner just 1:23 into the extra period, his second goal of the game. Cornell goaltender David LeNeveu was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The Big Red were awarded the Whitelaw Cup and the ECAC's automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

ECAC Championship Game 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
#1 Cornell 10113
#2 Harvard 00202

Both Cornell and Harvard would represent the ECAC in the NCAA Tournament.


Women's Tournament Edit

The regular season champions were the Harvard Crimson.

The seeds for the women's tournament were:

  • 1. Harvard
  • 2. Dartmouth
  • 3. Princeton
  • 4. St. Lawrence
  • 5. Brown
  • 6. Yale
  • 7. Colgate
  • 8. Cornell

Vermont did not qualify for the ECAC Tournament.

QuarterfinalsEdit

The quarterfinal round was played during March 7-9 at the site of the higher seed. The teams played a best of 3 series.


Bright Hockey Center - Boston, MA Game 1 Game 2
#1 Harvard 137
#8 Cornell 10
Thompson Arena - Hanover, NH Game 1 Game 2
#2 Dartmouth 88
#7 Colgate 20
Hobey Baker Rink - Princeton, NJ Game 1 Game 2
#3 Princeton 68
#6 Yale 20
Appleton Arena - Canton, NY Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
#4 St. Lawrence 411
#5 Brown 133

ECAC Final FourEdit

The semifinal round was held at Meehan Auditorium on the campus of Brown University in Providence, RI on March 15. The semifinal winners faced each other in the championship game on March 16.


Semifinal #1 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#1 Harvard 42410
#5 Brown 1203
Semifinal #2 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#2 Dartmouth 2114
#3 Princeton 1012
ECAC Championship 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#1 Harvard 0112
#2 Dartmouth 3407

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