Friday, March 18, 2011

Gustavus set for D-III women's Frozen Four

The Gustavus Adolphus women's hockey team is in the Division III Frozen Four for the second year in a row and the fifth time in its history. The Gusties face Norwich at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in Rochester, N.Y., and live video coverage of the game is available here. Gustavus has never won a national semifinal game, taking third place twice.

Gustavus hosted the Frozen Four last year and went 0-2. "Last year, it was really easy to get distracted," said junior goalie Danielle Justice, the Gusties' all-time win (45) and shutout (20) leader and one of the top netminders in the country this year. "There were NCAA people here all week, people hanging banners. It was easy to get carried away by everything."

She said all the focus has been on hockey this week.

Mike Carroll, who won the MIAC's coach of the year award, agreed, saying, "(The team is) jelling at the right time. They're not overwhelmed. They don't seem to show a lot of nerves on a daily basis. There's just a lot of excitement."

In the other semifinal Friday, Middlebury will face Rochester Institute of Technology. For more information about the Gusties and the final four, go here.

Meanwhile, Gustavus senior defenseman Kirstin Peterson was named All-American for the third year in a row on Thursday, and another senior defenseman, Sara Yungner, received the Elite 88 Award as the athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at that national championship site. Yungner, is a biology major with a 3.95 GPA.

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