Four Rivers Teams Earn NEPSAC Tournament Invitations

A winter season full of goals, baskets, dunks, and hits will continue this week for four Rivers varsity athletic teams. The boys’ and girls’ teams in both ice hockey and basketball have been invited to participate in 2017 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Tournaments.
The quarterfinals will take place on Wednesday, March 1, and Rivers will play host to three tournament contests. The action begins with girls’ ice hockey at 2:30 p.m. in MacDowell Arena, followed by a 4:00 p.m. girls’ basketball game in Benson Gym, and concludes with a boys’ ice hockey game in MacDowell at 4:30 p.m. The boys’ varsity basketball team travels to Governor’s Academy for a 4:15 p.m. matchup.
The boys’ varsity hockey team (23-4-1) earned the No. 4 seed in the NEPSAC Stuart/Corkey Open Tournament, which invites the best eight teams in New England regardless of school size or classification. The 2016-17 Red Wings won their third ISL Eberhart Division Championship in four years, posting a perfect 14-0 record and only allowing seven goals to Eberhart competitors. Rivers will host No. 5 Belmont Hill in a rematch of a February 4 matchup that saw Belmont Hill win, 5-4, in overtime. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in MacDowell Arena.
The girls’ varsity ice hockey team (14-6-6) is the No. 2 seed in the NEPSAC Division II Tournament and will face Independent School League rival, No. 7 St. George’s School, in a rematch of a January 11 contest that ended in a 1-1 tie. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in MacDowell Arena on Wednesday.
The girls’ varsity basketball team (19-5) earned the No. 2 seed in the NEPSAC Class A Tournament and will take on No. 7 Greenwich Academy at 4:00 p.m. in Benson Gymnasium. Greenwich is 19-5 on the season and lost in the championship of the Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament over the weekend.
The boys’ varsity basketball team (19-6) will be the No. 5 seed in the NEPSAC Class B Tournament and will face ISL rival, No. 4 Governor’s Academy, at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday in Byfield. The quarterfinal is a rematch of a February 1 game in which  Gov’s prevailed, 80-77, in overtime.
Be sure to follow @RiversAthletics on Twitter for updates and scores from all of the games this week. Go Rivers! #WinTheWeek