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INDIANAPOLIS -- After defeating Dartmouth to claim the program's second straight ECAC Hockey tournament title, the Big Red will again face the Big Green, this time in the first round of the NCAA tournament next weekend. The two teams will square off at Lynah Rink line at noon on Saturday with a berth in the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four at stake.
The NCAA announced the selections on Sunday night, and the Big Red earned the second seed in the national tournament with its 30-2-1 overall record. Dartmouth earned an at-large bid into the field with a 22-11-0 record after falling to the Big Red in the ECAC Hockey championship game on Saturday at Lynah Rink by a score of 3-0. In two regular season meetings the teams split, as each team won on home ice.
Cornell will be making its second appearance in the NCAA tournament, following up on last season's run that culminated in advancing to the national title game, falling in triple overtime to Minnesota-Duluth. Last season, Cornell defeated Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., in the NCAA first round before beating Mercyhurst in the national semifinals in Minneapolis, Minn.
Dartmouth will be making its seventh appearance in the NCAA tournament and its third in the last five seasons. The Big Green last made the tournament in 2009 when it lost at Wisconsin, 7-0, in the first round.
The 2011 Women's Frozen Four will be hosted by Mercyhurst College, March 18 and 20, at Louis J. Tullio Arena in Erie, Pennsylvania. The semifinal games will be played at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, March 18, and streamed live on NCAA.com. The championship game will be played live at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, March 20, on NCAA.com.