The 2009 Women's Division III NCAA Tournament will take place March 14 through March 22, 2009.

The participants are:

  1. Middlebury Panthers
  2. Elmira Soaring Eagles
  3. Gustavus Adolphus Golden Gusties
  4. Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons
  5. Amherst Lady Jeffs
  6. Plattsburgh Cardinals
  7. Norwich Cadets

Middlebury is the NESCAC champion. Elmira is the ECAC West champion. Gustavus Adolphus is the MIAC champion. Norwich is the ECAC East champion. Wisconsin-River Falls, the NCHA champion, received the Pool B bid for teams without an automatic qualifier. Amherst (NESCAC) and Plattsburgh (ECAC West) received at-large Pool C bids.

The Adrian Bulldogs (independent) and RIT Tigers (ECAC West) were left out despite excellent seasons.

Note that the seedings above are primarily geographic, to reduce travel costs, rather than being seeded by on-ice criteria; for example, it's likely that Middlebury, nominally the number 1 seed, would have been left out of the tournament entirely had they not won the NESCAC tournament. Instead, they were chosen to host the tournament and thereby were named the top seed.

Quarterfinals Edit

The quarterfinal games will be played on March 14 at the home of the higher seed. Middlebury, as host of the Frozen Four, receives a bye into the semifinals.

Plattsburgh at Amherst Edit

14 March 2009
Orr Rink – Amherst, MA
1st 2nd 3rd Final
 #4 Amherst 0 4 0 4
 #5 Plattsburgh 0 0 1 1

Wisconsin-River Falls at Gustavus Adolphus Edit

Gustavus Adolphus was the consensus #1 in the polls for most of the latter half of the season, raising hopes of hosting the Frozen Four, but the Gusties ended up losing on home ice to Wisconsin-River Falls before even getting to the Frozen Four.

14 March 2009
Don Roberts Ice Arena – St. Peter, MN
1st 2nd 3rd Final
 #3 Gustavus Adolphus 0 1 0 1
 #6 Wisconsin-River Falls 0 1 1 2

Norwich at Elmira Edit

Elmira went 3-for-8 on the power play.

14 March 2009
Murray Athletic Center – Horseheads, NY
1st 2nd 3rd Final
 #2 Elmira 1 2 0 3
 #7 Norwich 0 1 1 2

Semifinals Edit

The semifinal and final rounds will be held at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. The semifinals will be held on Saturday, March 21.

21 March 2009
Kenyon Arena – Middlebury, VT
1st 2nd 3rd Final
 #1 Middlebury  
 #4 Amherst  

21 March 2009
Kenyon Arena – Middlebury, VT
1st 2nd 3rd Final
 #2 Elmira  
 #6 Wisconsin-River Falls  

Final Edit

The semifinal winners will play in the final on Sunday, March 22.

22 March 2009
Kenyon Arena – Middlebury, VT
1st 2nd 3rd Final

All-Tournament Team Edit


2009 NCAA Tournament Links Edit

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