The Hobart hockey team learned that its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance will begin at home in The Cooler. The No. 4 Statesmen (19-6-2) will host No. 13 Nichols (25-3) on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students with valid student ID.
Presale tickets will be available in Bristol Gym Room 205 on Tuesday, March 10 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 11, from 10 a.m. until noon. (Tickets will be free for HWS Students, courtesy of Hobart and William Smith Student Government).
Eleven teams will compete for the 2009 NCAA Division III Championship. Six earned automatic bids by winning their conference championship, while the five other bids were awarded to at-large selections.
An at-large selection, Hobart is 1-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the semifinal round in 2006. This will mark the first time the Statesmen have earned a home game in the tournament. Hobart finished the regular season tied for second in the ECAC West and was the runner-up in the conference tournament as well.
The Hobart offense is averaging 4.3 goals per game (10th in the nation). Junior forward Nick DeCroo leads the charge with a team-high 20 goals and nine assists. He is ninth in the nation in goals per game.
Defensively, the Statesmen are allowing 2.41 goals per game (12th). Senior goalie Keith Longo is fourth in the nation with a .934 save percentage and boasts a 2.27 goals against average.
The Bison are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the ECAC Northeast Tournament and its accompanying automatic bid.
Nichols is producing 4.57 goals per game (5th) with Ryan Gervais recording a team-high 38 points (13g, 25a). At the other end of the ice, the Bison have allowed 2.36 goals per game (11th).
The winner of the Nichols-Hobart game will face the winner of the Babson-Amherst game on March 14.