The second-ranked Bulldogs are making their fifth appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament and their second trip to the Frozen Four in their eighth year of existence. The Bulldogs were national runner-up during the 2010-11 season and make a return trip to Ridder Arena. AC is 3-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Adrian has compiled a record of 191-26-13 since their first game back on October 19, 2007 and have captured seven conference regular season (6 MCHA, 1 NCHA) and six Harris Cup titles.
The seventh-ranked Bantams are an at-large selection into the NCAA Tournament as a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Trinity is making their fourth appearance in the tournament and their first since 2008. The Bantams and Bulldogs will be looking for their first national championship and Trinity is 3-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
This will be the first meeting between the schools. The two teams also do not have any common opponents this season. The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals with a thrilling 5-4 win over Oswego State. The win snapped a five-year run by the Lakers reaching the semifinals. Adrian defeated Oswego State for the second time in the NCAA Tournament with the other win coming in the 2011 semifinals. Senior Ryan Lowe tallied a goal and assist. He scored the team's go-ahead goal at 19:31 of the second and then assisted on the game-winning goal at 14:52 of the third. Freshman Mathew Thompson added a goal and assist to the mix. He scored a momentum-changing short-handed goal to tie the game 2-2 at the 18:23 mark of the second. It was his 22nd goal of the season and the team's fourth short-handed tally. He also assisted on the team's first goal scored at 7:31 of the first by freshman Kyle Brothers. The Bulldogs got big contributions from senior Rob Heath and sophomore Daniel Lisi. Heath scored his fifth of the season at 8:59 of the third and Lisi scored his first game-winner of the season at 14:52 of the third.
Adrian enters the contest having won 12 straight games which is the best current unbeaten streak in NCAA Division III. The Bulldogs began the season 8-0 before hitting a rough patch which saw them go 4-4-3 from Nov. 29 through January 23. The Bantams have lost just once in their last 10 games which came on Feb. 28 in the NESCAC quarterfinal against Tufts (2-1).
The Bulldogs enter the Frozen Four with the second-best scoring offense in Division III averaging 4.77 goals per game. Over their last 12 games, Adrian is averaging 5.5 goals per game. Trinity also has a high-powered offense ranking sixth at 4.26 goals per game. The Bantams are also stout on defense ranking fifth allowing 1.78 goals per game. The Bulldogs check in 16th allowing 2.37 goals per game. The power play units for both teams are also impressive as Trinty ranks fourth (29-of-107, 27.1%) and Adrian eighth (39-of-155, 25.2%). The Bulldog penalty kill ranks 17th (104-of-122, 85.2%) while the Bantam penalty kill ranks 16th (70-of-82, 85.4%). This semifinal pits the two winningest teams in Division III this season based on win percentage.