"I felt we made a mistake in building a baseball field. I thought that should have been the ice skating rink, because I think hockey in this state right now, not just hockey, but ice skating, if you come up to our office building at 6:00 in the morning, some mornings you can't get a parking spot because parents have taken their kids up here to skate...I think hockey will be a great addition to our intercollegiate program. [The Pegula gift] is a great, great gift. And I think very far-sighted and I'm really pleased with it." - Joe Paterno

M ACHA Tournament Appearances, 1998 -

Tournament formats

1998 - 8 teams grouped into two pools (seeds 1-4-5-8, 2-3-6-7 together). The winner of each pool after round robin games advanced to the championship game, while pool runners-up played a consolation game.

1999 - 10 teams. The bottom four seeds (7 vs. 10 and 8 vs. 9) competed in play-in games, after which the format reverted to 1998, with the 7 vs. 10 winner taking the 7th seed's pool spot and the 8 vs. 9 winner taking the 8th seed's pool spot.

2000-2004 - 12 teams grouped into four pools of three (seeds 1-8-12, 2-7-11, 3-6-10, 4-5-9 together). Winner of each pool after round robin games advanced to semifinals, while pool runners-up competed in 7th and 5th place games. Semifinal losers played in a 3rd place game.

2005-2011 - 16 teams, single elimination. Teams losing in the first round were paired up for consolation games to decide 9th, 11th, 13th and 15th place. In 2005, quarterfinal losers played in 5th and 7th place games, while the semifinal losers played in a 3rd place game. After that season the 5th and 7th place games were eliminated, while the 3rd place game was eliminated following 2006.

2012 - 20 teams, single elimination. Bottom eight seeds played in a first round, after which the winners joined the other 12 teams for a 16-team second round. No consolation games.

Tournament Locations
1998 - Ames, IA
1999 - Newark, DE
2000 - Minot, ND
2001 - Tucson, AZ
2002 - Laurel, MD
2003 - Athens, OH
2004 - Ames, IA
2005 - Bensenville, IL
2006 - West Chester, PA
2007 - Boardman, OH
2008 - Rochester, NY
2009 - Gates Mills, OH
2010 - Bensenville, IL
2011 - Newark, DE
2012 - Strongsville, OH

Adrian
2011 - Seeded 4th/Finished 5th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2012 - Seeded 12th/Finished 8th (Lost in quarterfinals)

Arizona
1998 - Seeded 8th/Finished 8th (Eliminated in pool play)
1999 - Seeded 6th/Finished 5th (Eliminated in pool play)
2000 - Seeded 6th/Finished 5th (Eliminated in pool play)
2001 - Seeded 7th/Finished 8th (Eliminated in pool play)
2002 - Seeded 11th/Finished 5th (Eliminated in pool play)
2003 - Seeded 5th/Finished 6th (Eliminated in pool play)
2006 - Seeded 10th/Finished 12th (Lost in first round)

Arizona State
2004 - Seeded 11th/Finished 10th (Eliminated in pool play)
2005 - Seeded 10th/Finished 10th (Lost in first round)
2006 - Seeded 8th/Finished 9th (Lost in first round)
2010 - Seeded 11th/Finished 8th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2011 - Seeded 8th/Finished 10th (Lost in first round)
2012 - Seeded 4th/Finished 9th (Lost in second round)

Buffalo
2005 - Seeded 16th/Finished 16th (Lost in first round)

Canton
2010 - Seeded 15th/Finished 15th (Lost in first round)
2011 - Seeded 14th/Finished 14th (Lost in first round)

Central Oklahoma
2009 - Seeded 13th/Finished 13th (Lost in first round)
2010 - Seeded 10th/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2012 - Seeded 15th/Finished 15th (Lost in second round)

Davenport
2011 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2012 - Seeded 14th/Finished 14th (Lost in second round)

Delaware
1998 - Seeded 7th/Finished 7th (Eliminated in pool play)
1999 - Seeded 5th/Finished 6th (Eliminated in pool play)
2000 - Seeded 8th/Finished 9th (Eliminated in pool play)
2001 - Seeded 9th/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2002 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 12th (Eliminated in pool play)
2003 - Seeded 6th/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2006 - Seeded 14th/Finished 13th (Lost in first round)
2007 - Seeded 12th/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2008 - Seeded 4th/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2009 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 5th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2011 - Seeded 5th/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2012 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 1st (Won championship)

Drexel
2002 - Seeded 12th/Finished 10th (Eliminated in pool play)
2003 - Seeded 8th/Finished 9th (Eliminated in pool play)
2012 - Seeded 19th/Finished 19th (Lost in first round)

Duquesne
2005 - Seeded 8th/Finished 9th (Lost in first round)
2006 - Seeded 11th/Finished 8th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2009 - Seeded 15th/Finished 15th (Lost in first round)

Eastern Michigan
1998 - Seeded 5th/Finished 5th (Eliminated in pool play)
1999 - Seeded 9th/Finished 8th (Eliminated in pool play)
2000 - Seeded 4th/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2001 - Seeded 1st/Finished 7th (Eliminated in pool play)
2002 - Seeded 6th/Finished 6th (Eliminated in pool play)
2003 - Seeded 11th/Finished 7th (Eliminated in pool play)

Illinois
1998 - Seeded 6th/Finished 4th (Eliminated in pool play)
1999 - Seeded 8th/Finished 9th (Lost play-in game)
2000 - Seeded 10th/Finished 10th (Eliminated in pool play)
2001 - Seeded 6th/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2002 - Seeded 7th/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2003 - Seeded 1st/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2004 - Seeded 4th/Finished 5th (Eliminated in pool play)
2005 - Seeded 4th/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2006 - Seeded 4th/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2007 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2008 - Seeded 1st/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2009 - Seeded 4th/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2010 - Seeded 4th/Finished 6th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2012 - Seeded 11th/Finished 13th (Lost in second round)

Iowa State
1998 - Seeded 4th/Finished 3rd (Eliminated in pool play)
1999 - Seeded 1st/Vacated championship (Cheated)
2000 - Seeded 5th/Finished 7th (Eliminated in pool play)
2001 - Seeded 5th/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2002 - Seeded 5th/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2003 - Seeded 7th/Finished 9th (Eliminated in pool play)
2004 - Seeded 8th/Finished 8th (Eliminated in pool play)
2005 - Seeded 11th/Finished 11th (Lost in first round)
2006 - Seeded 5th/Finished 6th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2007 - Seeded 6th/Finished 12th (Lost in first round)
2008 - Seeded 10th/Finished 8th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2009 - Seeded 6th/Finished 9th (Lost in first round)
2010 - Seeded 5th/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2012 - Seeded 8th/Finished 11th (Lost in second round)

Kent State
2001 - Seeded 10th/Finished 11th (Eliminated in pool play)
2002 - Seeded 8th/Finished 8th (Eliminated in pool play)
2005 - Seeded 12th/Finished 12th (Lost in first round)
2007 - Seeded 9th/Finished 14th (Lost in first round)
2008 - Seeded 11th/Finished 12th (Lost in first round)
2009 - Seeded 12th/Finished 11th (Lost in first round)
2010 - Seeded 12th/Finished 11th (Lost in first round)
2012 - Seeded 18th/Finished 18th (Lost in first round)

Liberty
2007 - Seeded 8th/Finished 6th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2008 - Seeded 6th/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2009 - Seeded 8th/Finished 7th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2010 - Seeded 6th/Finished 10th (Lost in first round)
2012 - Seeded 5th/Finished 10th (Lost in second round)

Lindenwood
2005 - Seeded 5th/Finished 5th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2006 - Seeded 7th/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2007 - Seeded 7th/Finished 11th (Lost in first round)
2008 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2009 - Seeded 1st/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2010 - Seeded 1st/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2011 - Seeded 1st/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2012 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)

Mercyhurst
2005 - Seeded 14th/Finished 13th (Lost in first round)
2006 - Seeded 15th/Finished 16th (Lost in first round)
2012 - Seeded 20th/Finished 20th (Lost in first round)

Michigan-Dearborn
1998 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 6th (Eliminated in pool play)
1999 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 4th (Eliminated in pool play)
2000 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2001 - Seeded 8th/Finished 12th (Eliminated in pool play)
2002 - Seeded 9th/Finished 7th (Eliminated in pool play)
2003 - Seeded 9th/Finished 9th (Eliminated in pool play)
2004 - Seeded 6th/Finished 6th (Eliminated in pool play)
2005 - Seeded 6th/Finished 6th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2006 - Seeded 9th/Finished 7th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2007 - Seeded 15th/Finished 8th (Lost in quarterfinals)

Minot State
2000 - Seeded 7th/Finished 6th (Eliminated in pool play)
2001 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 5th (Eliminated in pool play)
2002 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2003 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 5th (Eliminated in pool play)
2004 - Seeded 5th/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2010 - Seeded 8th/Finished 7th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2011 - Seeded 6th/Finished 9th (Lost in first round)
2012 - Seeded 7th/Finished 6th (Lost in quarterfinals)

Oakland
2007 - Seeded 10th/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2008 - Seeded 12th/Finished 11th (Lost in first round)
2010 - Seeded 9th/Finished 12th (Lost in first round)
2011 - Seeded 11th/Finished 8th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2012 - Seeded 13th/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)

Ohio
1998 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
1999 - Seeded 4th/Finished 3rd (Eliminated in pool play)
2000 - Seeded 1st/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2001 - Seeded 4th/Finished 6th (Eliminated in pool play)
2002 - Seeded 4th/Finished 9th (Eliminated in pool play)
2003 - Seeded 4th/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2004 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2005 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2006 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 5th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2007 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 10th (Lost in first round)
2008 - Seeded 7th/Finished 9th (Lost in first round)
2009 - Seeded 10th/Finished 8th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2010 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2011 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2012 - Seeded 6th/Finished 5th (Lost in quarterfinals)

Oklahoma
2006 - Seeded 12th/Finished 11th (Lost in first round)
2007 - Seeded 5th/Finished 9th (Lost in first round)
2008 - Seeded 5th/Finished 6th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2009 - Seeded 5th/Finished 6th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2010 - Seeded 7th/Finished 9th (Lost in first round)
2011 - Seeded 9th/Finished 7th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2012 - Seeded 9th/Finished 7th (Lost in quarterfinals)

Penn State
1998 - Seeded 1st/Finished 1st (Won championship)
1999 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2000 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2001 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2002 - Seeded 1st/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2003 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2004 - Seeded 1st/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2005 - Seeded 1st/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2006 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2007 - Seeded 1st/Finished 2nd (Lost in finals)
2008 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 5th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2009 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)
2010 - Seeded 2nd/Finished 5th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2011 - Seeded 10th/Finished 11th (Lost in first round)
2012 - Seeded 1st/Finished 3rd (Lost in semifinals)

Penn State-Berks
2009 - Seeded 16th/Finished 15th (Lost in first round)

Rhode Island
2004 - Seeded 3rd/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2005 - Seeded 1st/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)
2006 - Seeded 1st/Finished 1st (Won championship)
2007 - Seeded 4th/Finished 5th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2008 - Seeded 9th/Finished 7th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2009 - Seeded 7th/Finished 9th (Lost in first round)
2011 - Seeded 7th/Finished 6th (Lost in quarterfinals)

Robert Morris (IL)
2005 - Seeded 7th/Finished 7th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2006 - Seeded 13th/Finished 14th (Lost in first round)
2010 - Seeded 14th/Finished 13th (Lost in first round)
2011 - Seeded 12th/Finished 12th (Lost in first round)
2012 - Seeded 10th/Finished 12th (Lost in second round)

Robert Morris (PA)
2007 - Seeded 16th/Finished 15th (Lost in first round)
2008 - Seeded 16th/Finished 16th (Lost in first round)
2009 - Seeded 9th/Finished 11th (Lost in first round)

Rutgers
2010 - Seeded 16th/Finished 16th (Lost in first round)
2011 - Seeded 15th/Finished 16th (Lost in first round)
2012 - Seeded 16th/Finished 17th (Lost in first round)

Saint Louis
2003 - Seeded 12th/Finished 8th (Eliminated in pool play)

Slippery Rock
2011 - Seeded 16th/Finished 15th (Lost in first round)

Stony Brook
2008 - Seeded 15th/Finished 15th (Lost in first round)
2009 - Seeded 14th/Finished 13th (Lost in first round)
2010 - Seeded 13th/Finished 14th (Lost in first round)
2011 - Seeded 13th/Finished 13th (Lost in first round)

Towson
1999 - Seeded 7th/Finished 7th (Eliminated in pool play)
2000 - Seeded 9th/Finished 8th (Eliminated in pool play)
2001 - Seeded 11th/Finished 9th (Eliminated in pool play)
2002 - Seeded 10th/Finished 11th (Eliminated in pool play)
2003 - Seeded 10th/Finished 9th (Eliminated in pool play)
2004 - Seeded 12th/Finished 12th (Eliminated in pool play)

Washington & Jefferson
2004 - Seeded 9th/Finished 9th (Eliminated in pool play)
2005 - Seeded 13th/Finished 14th (Lost in first round)
2007 - Seeded 14th/Finished 16th (Lost in first round)

Weber State
2004 - Seeded 7th/Finished 7th (Eliminated in pool play)
2005 - Seeded 9th/Finished 8th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2006 - Seeded 6th/Finished 10th (Lost in first round)

West Chester
2004 - Seeded 10th/Finished 11th (Eliminated in pool play)
2005 - Seeded 15th/Finished 15th (Lost in first round)
2006 - Seeded 16th/Finished 15th (Lost in first round)
2007 - Seeded 11th/Finished 7th (Lost in quarterfinals)
2008 - Seeded 8th/Finished 10th (Lost in first round)
2009 - Seeded 11th/Finished 4th (Lost in semifinals)

West Virginia
2000 - Seeded 12th/Finished 10th (Eliminated in pool play)
2007 - Seeded 13th/Finished 13th (Lost in first round)
2008 - Seeded 14th/Finished 14th (Lost in first round)
2012 - Seeded 17th/Finished 16th (Lost in second round)

Western Michigan
1999 - Seeded 10th/Finished 10th (Lost play-in game)
2008 - Seeded 13th/Finished 13th (Lost in first round)

Wisconsin-Whitewater
2000 - Seeded 11th/Finished 12th (Eliminated in pool play)
2001 - Seeded 12th/Finished 10th (Eliminated in pool play)