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2016-17 NESCAC Women's Season

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This is the 2016-17 New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's hockey season.

Membership ChangesEdit

none, but Amherst College had announced that it was abandoning its nickname the "Lord Jeffs".  The nickname had become a source of division within the campus community as Lord Jefferson Amherst was a British general who openly supported giving the Native American poplulation blankets infested with smallpox during the French and Indian War. The school's teams are presently playing without a nickname.


Team Location Arena
Amherst College Amherst, Massachusetts Orr Rink
Bowdoin Polar Bears Brunswick, Maine Sidney J. Watson Arena
Colby Mules Waterville, Maine Alfond Rink
Connecticut College Camels New London, Connecticut Dayton Arena
Hamilton Continentals Clinton, New York Russell Sage Rink
Middlebury Panthers Middlebury, Vermont Chip Kenyon '85 Arena
Trinity Bantams Hartford, Connecticut Koeppel Community Sports Center
Wesleyan Cardinals Middletown, Connecticut Spurrier-Snyder Rink
Williams Ephs Williamstown, Massachusetts Lansing Chapman Rink


To be added upon completion of the regular season

Conference TournamentEdit


The tournament is single elimination format.  The top 8 teams qualify for the tournament. The quarterfinal round matches up 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5. The teams are re-seeded for the semifinals with the top seed playing the bottom seed and the other two teams pairing off.  The semifinal winners meet for the conference championship and the conference's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.

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