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The schedule was light over the weekend in the women’s Division III ranks as the first half has come to a close, in addition to the semester with final exams on tap, or, in some cases, completed.

Just a handful of ranked teams were on the ice, but other games came with their share of drama.

No. 10 Castleton swept its two games, beating No. 5 Middlebury 3-2 in overtime Saturday before again going to OT to topple Connecticut College 2-1 Sunday afternoon.

In Saturday’s contest, Anna Daniels’ dramatic extra-attacker goal at 19:57 of the third tied the game for Castleton and then Hannah Rose won it on the power play 3:18 into the extra session.

Sunday, Taylor Steadman scored both goals, including the winner at 3:06 of overtime.

Eighth-ranked Wisconsin-River Falls took Gustavus Adolphus to overtime as well on Friday night, winning 2-1 as Carly Moran was the hero 32 seconds in.

No. 9 Amherst won both of its games, defeating Massachusetts-Boston 4-2 Friday night and Salve Regina 8-2 the following night as Erin Martin scored a goal in each period. Amherst outshot Salve by a 60-15 count, including 22-2 in the first period.

The other ranked team in action, seventh-ranked St. Thomas, earned two wins by upending Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1-0 Saturday and 6-2 Sunday. In the first game, Becca Zarembinksi had the only goal and Mackenzie Torpy fashioned a 21-save shutout.

Two more games went to overtime on the weekend and both had winners.

Saturday, Holy Cross beat Colby 5-4 on Emily Lissner’s goal 1:42 into OT and St. Benedict’s Allison Kirk lifted her team to a 3-2 win over Concordia (Wis.) with a power-play goal at 2:49 of overtime. Alexis Machuga had tied the game with an extra-attacker goal at 19:14 of the third for Concordia.

All said and done, don’t expect much change, if any, in Monday’s USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll.

Next action in women’s D-III circles is a New Year’s Day game as St. Mary’s hosts Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 5 p.m. CDT.

  • gate13

    so is the cornell v. colgate weekend the best of the second half?

    • ColSkate65

      Looks to be IMHO.

  • So far, it seems to be.

  • Marc

    ‘Gate did a great job using the Italy / Switzerland summer trip to prepare for the upcoming season, getting off to a great start.  The goaltender situation is much more complex, as Coach Vaughan is being very strategic in how he uses Alex Evin, to maximize the rest he can give to Mihalik, so that he doesn’t wear down come playoffs.  Evin is responding with great play, but is still technically #2…