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Photo by Ting-Li Wang, courtesy Clarkson University.
Photo by Ting-Li Wang, courtesy Clarkson University.

Clarkson hockey wins first national title

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The Clarkson womens hockey team is a national champion. The Golden Knights upset the two-time champion Minnesota Gophers 5 to 4 at the NCAA Division I Frozen Four yesterday.

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David Sommerstein
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Shanon Desrosiers is Co-Head Coach of the team. Speaking on the phone with Martha Foley, she said everyone was feeling great the morning after the big win.  

“To be honest, I felt like I was going to get pinched and woken up from a dream,” she said.

The Golden Knights have had their sights set on the Frozen Four all year. After last weekend’s victory against Boston College, Desrosiers said the championship finally felt within reach.

“The kids just believed in themselves, believed in each other. They believed in our systems, and it worked,” Desrosiers said.

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The last time Clarkson vied for a Division I national championship was when the mens' team lost in 1970.

The celebration was doubly sweet because forward Jamie Lee Rattray was given the Patty Kazmaier award for Most Valuable Player. In her acceptance speech, Rattray said, "when you look back at some of the moment that you want to share, you don’t remember who scored the big goal or what the scores of those big games were. You remember the teammates that you shared it with. I’ve been very fortunate to have some great teammates over the four years so, ladies, thank you very much and without you guys this is not possible."

There will be a celebration and open skate on the Golden Knights’ home ice at Cheel Arena in Potsdam Monday afternoon, starting at 4 o’clock.


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