by Amy Moritz
Officially it's called the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championships which of course screams fun and personality.
For our purposes, it's the D3 Women's Frozen Four, and the national semifinals begin today at host Plattsburgh.
Western New York will be represented by Julia Duquette. The North Tonawanda native and Mount St. Mary graduate (she played girls varsity hockey, so indeed she is officially a #preptalkalum) was named to the ECAC West All-Rookie team. The freshman defenseman played in 23 games for the Cardinals with one goal and eight assists.
Duquette's blueline work helped Plattsburgh build its 26-1-1 record on defense. The Cardinals have given up just 17 goals all year. That's a 0.61 goals against per game for those scoring at home.
Plattsburgh, making its third-straight NCAA appearance, will play St. Thomas (Minn.) at 3:30 today in the national semifinal. Norwich and Wisconsin-RIver Falls plays in the second semifinal at 7 p.m.
The national championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday in Plattsburgh.