First round game set for Saturday afternoon
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University will visit #7 Endicott College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Tournament on Saturday (Mar. 14) at 4:00 p.m.
UPDATES (Mar. 11):
COVID-19: The following statement was released by Endicott College this afternoon, relating to spectator access to the game:
Based on the statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert [see below], we will conduct the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey First Round contest (Endicott vs. Plymouth State) with only essential personnel and limited family attendance. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes.
Statement from Mark Emmert, NCAA President, on limiting attendance at NCAA events:
The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.
The Panthers (15-9-3) punched their ticket with a 6-2 win over UMass Dartmouth in the title game of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament, while Endicott (22-5-0) won the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship by topping Wentworth, 2-0.
Plymouth State is back in the tournament for the fourth time (2011-12, 2014-15, 2018-19, 2019-20) and second straight year. Last winter the Panthers were nipped by #6/#8 Hobart, 2-1, in the opening round. PSU is searching for its first NCAA tournament win.
Endicott is making its second appearance in the tournament since achieving varsity status in 2015-16. The Gulls won the 2016-17 CCC championship and went on to beat #4/#5 Hobart, 4-3, in the first round before falling in the quarterfinals.
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