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WLC NCAA Alumni Update: Championship Season

By WLC Staff, 03/23/23, 12:15PM EDT


WLC alumni Lacey Eden and her Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA D1) are now the winningest in NCAA Division 1 women's history. With a 1-0 win over Ohio State on Sunday, the Badgers won their seventh national championship, a new record for women's college hockey. In its journey to the title game, Wisconsin took down Long Island University, No. 3 Colgate and No. 2 Minnesota. Lacey Eden finished the season tied for third on the team in scoring.

Ryan Liebold and his Merrimack College (NCAA D1) teammates will face-off against top seed Quinnipiac in the first round on Friday (5:30pm ESPNEWS). This winner will progress to the regional championship game Sunday for a chance at the Frozen Four. Before to attending Merrimack, Ryan accumulated 58 points while playing for Holy Cross.

Ture Linden and his Penn State Nittany Lions (NCAA D1) teammates will face Michigan Tech in the first round on Friday (5pm ESPNU). The winner of this contest will advance to the regional championship game Sunday for a shot at the Frozen Four. Ture is second on the team in scoring with 28 points (11G-17A). Before transferring to Penn State, Ture scored 68 points in three seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Freshman Austin Pick and his Stonehill College Skyhawks (NCAA D1) teammates set a new program record for most wins during a season with their 17th win behind a 6-2 victory over Framingham State in their season finale. On a freshman-heavy roster, Pick appeared in 15 games in a mixed NCAA D1/D3 schedule as the program transitions to Division 1.

Endicott College (NCAA D3), led by WLC alumni Andrew Kurapov and Drew Lorinchak will meet Hobart in the NCAA semifinals on March 24. The winner of this contest will advance to the National Championship game. In addition being second on the team in scoring with 31 points, Kurapov has been named a finalist for the 2023 Sid Watson Award, given annually to the best NCAA Division II/III men's ice hockey student-athlete in the country.

Connor Leslie, Max Thiessen, Zachary Murray and their Amherst College Mammoths (NCAA D3) fell in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament, losing in overtime 1-0 to their rivals Williams College. As a freshman, Zach Murray finished sixth on his team in points and second among freshman. Connor Leslie appeared in 6 games posting a 1.38 GAA and .938 SV%, and fellow sophomore Max Thiessen appeared in 23 games and led sophomore defensemen in scoring.

Cade Groton and his Hamilton College Continentals (NCAA D3) fell to Colby College 3-2 in overtime 2023 NESCAC Men's Hockey Championship quarterfinal. Groton finished his senior season sixth in team scoring with 11 points.

Junior Defenseman CJ Kline and his Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders (NCAA D3) teammates fell to Trine University in their Harris Cup semifinals series. The Woodbridge, VA, native appeared in 26 games on the season, scoring 4 points in a shutdown role.

Trent DeNuccio and the SUNY Geneseo Knights (NCAA D3)  effort to defend four consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) crowns came to an end as they were defeated 5-1 by the Plattsburg State Cardinals. DeNuccio, a junior forward, finished the season with 2 points in 10 games played.

Ben Gibbons and his Neumann University Knights (NCAA D3) finished their season with a 6-18-1 overall record and were 4-15-1 in conference play. Although the Knights didn't qualify for the UCHC post-season tournament, they end the campaign on a high note, looking forward to 2023-24. Gibbons led all freshman in scoring, with six points in 25 games.

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