BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 4, 2018 – The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) will have three representatives – more than any other conference – competing for the 2018 NCAA championship, as Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio State are all in the eight-team field announced this evening by the National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Committee. The second-seeded Badgers, the Gophers and the Buckeyes will by vying to win the WCHA's 17th national title in its 19 seasons (including 16 NCAA crowns).
Wisconsin (30-4-2), which has been in the top-two spots of the national opinion polls each week of the season, will host Minnesota (24-10-3) in a March 10 quarterfinal at LaBahn Arena. The teams will play six days after the Gophers earned the league's automatic bid with a 3-1 victory over UW in the 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff championship game. Minnesota has now advanced to the NCAA tournament in each season of head coach Brad Frost's 11-year tenure (and 16 times overall), while the Badgers are back in the national postseason for the fifth-straight campaign and 12th time overall.
Ohio State (23-10-4) is making its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. The Buckeyes, who have already set the program's single-season wins record under WCHA Coach of the Year Nadine Muzerall, will head to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face No. 4 seed Boston College.
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 Match-Ups
No. 1 seed (ECAC champion) Clarkson (33-4-1) hosts (CHA champion) Mercyhurst (18-14-4).
No. 4 seed (at-large) Boston College (30-4-3) hosts (at-large) Ohio State (23-10-4).
No. 2 seed (at-large) Wisconsin (30-4-2) hosts (WCHA champion) Minnesota (24-10-3).
No. 3 seed (at-large) Colgate (32-5-1) hosts (HEA champion) Northeastern (19-16-3).
The quarterfinal winners advance to the 29 NCAA Women's Frozen Four, hosted by the University of Minnesota, at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, March 16-18.