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BRIDGE - Fall 2008, Volume 26, #1
UMD Athletics News
UMD Wins NCAA Championship
Five years removed from its last NCAA national championship, the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team is the NCAA champion once more. The UMD Bulldogs Women’s Hockey Team defeated two-time defending champ Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Frozen Four title game. Fans, over 4,000 of them, filled the arena on Saturday, March 22 at the Duluth DECC. In a rematch of last year’s final, UMD turned the tables and captured the NCAA Division I championship. Here’s what the Duluth News Tribune had to say about the win . . . .
BULLDOGS RULE, FOUR-SURE
No dynasty – not the Chicago Bulls or Boston Celtics, not the Packers, Cowboys, or Steelers – can claim dominance of a sport the way the Bulldogs can after their thrilling 4-0 shutout of Wisconsin in the championship game Saturday.
That it came on home ice was, well, icing on the cake. The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center rink was an obvious and deserving Frozen Four venue after the Bulldogs’ three-straight titles in 2001, 2002, and 2003 – the last championship also at the DECC. And that this one came in a victory over the Badgers, who beat them in the title game last year, made the ice cream cake even sweeter.
OK, we’ll cut out the dessert analogies, except to quote the post-game celebratory remarks: “We were strong. I felt like we really wanted to win, and we were fighting for it,” sophomore goalie Kim Martin, the tournament’s MVP, told the News Tribune.
“I thought we played a next-to-perfect game,” added coach Shannon Miller (234-61-25 overall and 4-1 in national title matches), who discounted any notion of her heading to a new job at Syracuse.“This is where I belong,” she said. “I love these players. I love this program.” And so should all the Northland. Congratulations, Bulldogs.
— Duluth News Tribune,
A Career to “Braeg” About
UMD’s heartbreaking loss to eventual national champion Concordia-St. Paul in the NCAA II North Central Regional title match drew the Bulldogs’ 2007 volleyball season to a sudden halt and marked the end of the line for arguably the most-decorated athlete in school history.
Vicky Braegelmann, who helped lead UMD to four straight North Central Conference championships, four NCAA II playoff appearances, and two NCAA II Elite Eight berths, put an exclamation point on her remarkable four-year playing career by landing her second consecutive AVCA Division II National Player of the Year award.
The Albany, Minn. native won the honor in back-to-back seasons and is the only Division II athlete from UMD to be named national player of the year in any sport. A three-time NCC Most Valuable Player selection and four-time AVCA All-American, Braegelmann exited the Bulldog program as its all-time leader in both kills and hitting percentage.
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