BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 10, 2019 – The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) landed the top two seeds in the 2019 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship, as Wisconsin and Minnesota were seeded No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the eight-team field announced this evening by the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Committee. The Badgers and Gophers will by seeking the WCHA's 17th national title in its 20 seasons (including 16 NCAA crowns).
Wisconsin (32-4-2), which won its fourth WCHA postseason title in the last five years on Sunday, will host CHA postseason champion Syracuse (13-21-13) in a quarterfinal at LaBahn Arena on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. CT. Minnesota (30-5-1), the WCHA regular season champion, will also drop the puck on its quarterfinal matchup on March 16, hosting ECAC foe Princeton (20-7-5) in a 4 p.m. CT contest at Ridder Arena. Minnesota has now advanced to the NCAA tournament in each season of head coach Brad Frost's 12-year tenure (and 17 times overall), while the Badgers are back in the national postseason for the sixth-straight campaign and 13th time overall.
Minnesota has won seven national titles (including the 2000 AWCHA crown), while hoisting a record six NCAA championship trophies (2004, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016). Wisconsin has won four national titles under head coach Mark Johnson (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011).
NCAA Quarterfinal Matchups
No. 1 seed (WCHA champion) Wisconsin (32-4-2) hosts (CHA champion) Syracuse (13-21-3)
No. 4 seed (ECAC champion) Clarkson (29-7-2) hosts (at-large) Boston College (26-11-1)
No. 2 seed (at-large) Minnesota (30-5-1) hosts (at-large) Princeton (20-7-5)
No. 3 seed (WHEA) Connecticut (27-5-5) hosts (at-large) Cornell (23-5-6)
The quarterfinal winners advance to the 2019 NCAA Women's Frozen Four, hosted by Quinnipiac University, at the People's United Center in Hamden, Conn., March 22-24.