NCAA Division III women's ice hockey

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As of the 2011-2012 season, there were 49 teams competing in NCAA Division III women’s hockey in five conferences. In addition, there were three colleges who are not in Division III who compete primarily against Division 3 schools (and participate in a Division III conference), bringing the total number of teams competing in regular season play to 52 schools (there is one Division 1 team, and two Division 2 teams who play predominantly Division 3 schedules). Many NCAA Division III schools are smaller than NCAA Division 1 colleges, though size is not the determining factor. There is a mix of private colleges and public colleges (and universities) among the NCAA Division III schools. Some women student-athletes play two sports in NCAA Division III, though it remains a challenge to mix hockey and another sport because as a winter sport, hockey will still overlap with a fall or spring sport.

NCAA Division III women's ice hockey may begin formal practice on October 15 and are limited to 25 games in the regular season. Four of the five conferences begin practice on this date (all except for the New England Small College Athletic Conference) and once the season begins, most teams practice or play six days per week.

The women' ice hockey championship possesses 5 conferences for the NCAA Division III:


Eastern College Athletic Conference East[edit]

ECAC East is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. There are currently 12 members in the women’s division:[1]

Eastern College Athletic Conference West[edit]

ECAC West is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. There are currently 10 members in the women’s division:[2]

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference[edit]

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) is a College Athletic Conference, which competes in the NCAA’s Division 3. As the member schools are located in Minnesota. These women's teams include:[3]

New England Small College Athletic Conference[edit]

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is the premier historic Division III athletic conference in the United States, consisting of highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities located in New England and New York. NESCAC is often referred to as the “Little Ivies”. The women's ice hockey teams that make up NESCAC are:[4]

Northern Collegiate Hockey Association[edit]

The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) is a college athletic conference, which operates in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin ( in the midwestern United States). It participates in the NCAA’s Division III as a hockey-only conference.[5] The women's teams competing in the NCHA are:

National Champions Division III[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up
2002 Elmira 2–1 Manhattanville
2003 Elmira 5–1 Manhattanville
2004 Middlebury 2–1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2005 Middlebury 4–3 Elmira
2006 Middlebury 3–1 Plattsburgh State
2007 Plattsburgh State 2–1 Middlebury
2008 Plattsburgh State 3–2 Manhattanville
2009 Amherst 4–3 (OT) Elmira
2010 Amherst 7–2 Norwich
2011 Norwich 5–2 RIT
2012 RIT 4–1 Norwich
2013 Elmira 1-0 Middlebury
2014 Plattsburgh State 9-2 Norwich
2015 Plattsburgh State 3-2 Elmira
2016 Plattsburgh State 5-1 Wisconsin–River Falls
2017 Plattsburgh State 4-3 (OT) Adrian College
2018 Norwich 2-1 Elmira

Awards and honors[edit]

Laura Hurd Award[edit]

The Laura Hurd Award is given to the best player in the Division III.

Year Player University Position
2000 Sylvia Ryan Middlebury Forward
2001 Michelle Labbe Middlebury Forward
2002 Sarah Moe Gustavus Adolphus Forward
2003 Angela Kapus Middlebury Forward/Defender
2004 Molly Wasserman Williams Forward
2005 Laura Hurd Elmira Forward
2006 Emily Quizon Middlebury Forward
2007 Andrea Peterson Gustavus Adolphus Defender
2008 Danielle Blanchard Plattsburgh Forward
2009 Kayla Coady Elmira Forward
2010 Isabel Iwachiw Trinity Goaltender
2011 Sarah Dagg RIT Forward
2012 Julie Fortier Norwich Forward
2013 Teal Gove SUNY Plattsburgh Forward
2014 Sydney Aveson SUNY Plattsburgh Goaltender
2015 Ashley Ryan Elmira Forward
2016 Michelle Greeneway Lake Forest Forward
2017 Dani Sibley UW-River Falls Forward



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