Norwich Crowned National Champions


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NORTHFIELD, VT. Norwich University defeated Elmira College 2-1 to claim their program's second NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey National Championship on Saturday night in front of a packed house at Kreitzberg Arena.

Sophomore forward Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal with 1:33 remaining in regulation to seal the victory for the Cadets. She was also named the weekend's Most Outstanding Player for her efforts.

Joining McGovern on the All-Tournament team was teammate Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.). Conway tallied the primary assist on the game-winner and also scored the opening goal of the game to give her team the 1-0 lead. Junior defender Carly Menges (Novelty, Ohio) rounded out the All-Tournament nods for the Cadets.

In addition to winning the ultimate hardware, several Norwich program records were broken on Saturday evening. Conway finished her sophomore campaign with 59 total points and 34 goals, both single-season Cadet records. Senior goaltender Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) capped her career in style as she turned aside 23 shots to earn the win. This marked her 22nd win of the season and 52nd career victory as she retires as the all-time program leader in wins and shutouts.

The Cadets punched their ticket to the National Championship game after defeating Hamline University 5-1 on Friday evening. McGovern, Conway and Menges all recorded a goal and an assist to lead the offense while King notched 22 saves in net.

The win marked the second-straight year that a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) program won a National Championship as the Norwich men earned the hardware last season.