We are here — the penultimate weekend of the Division III women’s season. Down to eight teams and after this weekend, just four.
Candace and Matt prognosticate the four NCAA tournament games, starting with one Friday night and three on Saturday.
Friday, March 11
St. Thomas at Wisconsin-River Falls
Candace: Chloe Kinsel is the difference. Wis.-River Falls 3-1
Matt: Both teams have 20-win goalies, but River Falls has a more explosive offense, which is the difference here. Wis.-River Falls 4-1
Saturday, March 12
Amherst at Plattsburgh
Candace: I think losing to Utica just hardened the Cardinals’ resolve. Plattsburgh 3-1
Matt: I’ve said all year that Plattsburgh is on a mission. Nothing stops the Cardinals and nothing gets by Camille Leonard. Plattsburgh 5-0
Massachusetts-Boston at Middlebury
Candace: Mass.-Boston’s underdog streak ends after the Norwich upset. Middlebury 3-1
Matt: While I am a fan of underdogs, which UMass-Boston is, this is not the Beacons’ day. Middlebury is too deep and talented for the lone unranked team in the field. Middlebury 5-3
Elmira at Adrian
Candace: The hardest game for me to call. I think Elmira’s just been a little too inconsistent. Adrian 2-1
Matt: This looks to be the closest game of the quarterfinals. My gut says Adrian, but I think Elmira pulls it off in overtime. Elmira 3-2 (OT)