Union Draws Defending National Champs in NCAA First Round

Posted at: 03/24/2013 9:57 PM
By: WNYT Sports & Union Athletics

SCHENECTADY, NY – Coming off its second straight ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship, the Union College men’s ice hockey team (21-12-5, 10-8-4 ECAC Hockey) earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will take on No. 2 seed Boston College (22-11-4, 15-9-3 Hockey East). Union will travel to the East Regional at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI and will play on Saturday, March 30 at 9:00 p.m. 

Saturday's meeting will mark the first time in the program's 22-year Division I history that Union and Boston College will meet.

The Eagles earned an at-large berth after finishing second in Hockey East. Boston College fell in the Hockey East Semifinals to Boston University, 6-3. The defending national champions will be making their 32nd all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. Boston College has won five national titles in program history (1949, 2001, 2008, 2010, and 2012).

Union is 1-2-0 against Hockey East opponents this season, including a 4-1 win over Merrimack in the Catamount Cup on Dec. 30.

2013 will mark the program's seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament in school history and third straight in the Division I era. Union has earned an automatic bid to the tournament as ECAC Hockey Tournament champions for the past two seasons.

In 2012, Union earned a trip to the Frozen Four with wins over UMass-Lowell and Michigan State as the No. 1 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Ferris State, 3-1, in the national semifinals.

In 2011, Union earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection but fell 2-0 to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth in the opening round of the East Regional.

The Dutchmen also earned a bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament four times, the last coming in 1989, when Union fell to Babson in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

East Regional
- March 30-31, 2013 - Providence, RI
- Dunkin Donuts Center, Host: Brown University
- Host Site: http://brownbears.prestosports.com/sports/m-hockey/2012-13/2013_NCAA_East_Regional
- Game Times: 5:30 & 9:00 p.m. / 6:30 p.m. (all times Eastern)