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Hobart hockey moves to No. 4 in nation

The Hobart College hockey team moved up one spot to No. 4 in this week’s USCHO.com national ranking. The Statesmen defeated then seventh-ranked Manhattanville 3-1 in the ECAC West Tournament semifinal round on Saturday, marking the first time in program history that Hobart defeated the Valiants on their home ice. The win also marked Head Coach Mark Taylor’s program-record 129th victory.

The Statesmen will host Neumann for the ECAC West Tournament Championship on March 7 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for general admission, and $3 for children under 12 and HWS and Neumann students with a valid ID. Advance sale tickets will be available in Bristol Gym Room 205 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on March 5-6. Credit card orders can be made by calling (315) 781-3077 during sale hours. Only 900 tickets will be sold.

Hobart used a balanced scoring attack to get past Manhattanville, as eight different Statesmen recorded a point in the win. Junior forwards Gregory Alberti and Nick DeCroo, and sophomore forward Matt Wallace were responsible for the goals. DeCroo’s goal was his ECAC West-leading 20th of the season, putting him in a tie for ninth on Hobart’s single season list. The tally was also DeCroo’s team-high seventh power-play goal, ranking him fifth in the league in that category. He also ranks eighth in Division III in goals per game (0.80).

Senior goalkeeper Keith Longo continues to lead the conference and ranks fourth in the nation in save percentage (.935), after collecting 29 saves vs. the Valiants. He also ranks 17th in the country and second in the ECAC West with a 2.24 goals against average.

Neumann (16-9-2) earned a spot in the championship game after upsetting then eighth-ranked Elmira 2-1 in the other ECAC West Tournament semifinal over the weekend. The Knights posted a 6-2-0 mark in the month of February, splitting two games against Hobart during that time frame.