Women’s Weekly: March 25th

Wisconsin Captures National Championship

The University of Wisconsin is the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four champion with a 4-1 win over Boston University on Sunday afternoon.

Carolyne Prévost led the way with two goals; while Mallory Deluce and Brooke Ammerman had one goal each. Marie-Philip Poulin added the lone Terriers’ goal. Alex Rigsby made 15 saves in the win; while Kerrin Sperry stopped 32 of the 36 in the losing effort.

In Friday’s semifinals, Jenelle Kohanchuk led Boston University to the Frozen four championships with a goal and assist in the Terriers’ 4-1 win over Cornell; while Wisconsin got to the final with a 3-2 win over Boston College as Brianna Decker scored the game winner with 48 seconds left in regulation.

Four Badgers were named to the 2011 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner Meghan Duggan joined Prevost, Ammerman and alev Kelter in receiving all-tournament honors. Duggan and Knight were also named Co-MVPs of the tournament. Boston College goaltender Molly Schaus and Boston University defenseman Catherine Ward completed the all-tournament team.

Duggan Wins Patty Kazmaier Award

Wisconsin forward Meghan Duggan is the winner of the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award Winner. She was presented with the award during a sold out brunch ceremony of 400 people at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA. She was chosen from a group of three finalists that also included senior forwards Meghan Agosta (Mercyhurst College) and Kelli Stack (Boston College).

“Meghan is probably the best two-way player, not only in the country, but in the world,” said Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson. “One of the reasons we’re in the position we’re in right now is because of her leadership and what she does on the ice, and probably more importantly, what she does off the ice.”

Amidst a standout senior season, Duggan was near the top of the NCAA leaderboard in all offensive categories and recently led the Badgers as team captain to the NCAA national championship game.

Duggan, who was named an NCAA First-Team All-American, also helped guide Wisconsin to the WCHA regular-season and tournament championships. During Friday night’s 3-2 win over Boston College in the Frozen Four, Duggan broke Wisconsin’s record for points in a single season with 86, which also places her tied for first in the nation. Through the semifinals, she was ranked fourth nationally in goals (39), second in assists (47), was tied for second in power-play goals (11) and was tied for third in the country with three shorthanded goals. In addition, Duggan had six game-winning goals and 27 multi-point games, including nine multi-goal games.

During the season, Duggan recorded 57 points during a Wisconsin program-best 25-game point streak (Oct. 22-Feb. 4). She reached several other Wisconsin and NCAA milestones throughout the 2010-11 season, becoming the seventh player all-time and first Wisconsin player to reach both 100 goals and 100 assists. Duggan also became the 13th player all-time and second Wisconsin player to reach 200 career points.

Through the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, Duggan has led the University of Wisconsin in all-time career points with 237 and is currently tied for fifth in NCAA history. Additionally, she is tied for sixth in NCAA history with 106 career goals.

Duggan was named WCHA Player of the Year and earned All-WCHA First Team honors. She led the league with 61 points, 34 assists and 20 power-play points (9-11), and ranked second with 27 goals. A two-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, Duggan won the league’s regular-season scoring trophy with 61 points (27-34) in 28 games.

Off the ice, the 2010 U.S. Olympic silver medalist volunteers at the University of Wisconsin Kids Clinic and the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital. She has also volunteered with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.

With information from usahockey.com

AHCA Announces All-Americans

On Thursday the American Hockey Coaches Association announced the 2011 Reebok Al-Americans. Nine players have been previously honored, including Mercyhurst’s Meghan Agosta who becomes the third four-time First Team All-American. Harvard’s Angela Ruggiero and Jennifer Botterill were the others.

Six of the honorees are Canadian, five American, and one is from Finland.

Six are seniors, four are sophomores, and two are juniors.

Cornell and Wisconsin led the way with three honorees each.

Five selections came from the WCHA, three each from the ECAC and Hockey East, and one from the CHA.

First Team

Goalie Molly Schaus, SR, Boston College % (Natick, MA)
Defense Laura Fortino, SO, Cornell*(Hamilton, ON), Jocelyne Larocque, SR, Minnesota-Duluth@ (St. Anne, MB)
Forward Meghan Agosta, SR, Mercyhurst@$& (Ruthven, ON), Meghan Duggan, SR, Wisconsin
(Danvers, MA), Hilary Knight, JR, Wisconsin@ (Sun Valley, ID)

Second Team
Goalie Noora Raty, SO, Minnesota* (Espoo, Finland)
Defense Lauriane Rougeau, SO, Cornell# (Beaconsfield, PQ), Catherine Ward. SR, Boston University (Montreal, PQ)
Forward Brianna Decker, SO, Wisconsin (Dousman, WI), Rebecca Johnston, JR, Cornell%
(Sudbury, ON), Kelli Stack, SR, Boston College% (Brooklyn Heights, OH)

*First Team in 2010; # Second Team in 2010; @ First Team in 2009; % Second Team in 2009; $ First Team in 2008; & First Team in 2007

Wisconsin finishes Season On Top of USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll

Wisconsin was the unanimous winner of the final USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll for this season taking all 19 first place votes. Frozen Four runner up Boston University finished in second place; while Boston College finished third, Cornell fourth, and Minnesota-Duluth fifth.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #24
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2 Boston University, 165
3 Boston College, 140
4 Cornell University, 139
5 University of Minnesota Duluth, 114
6 Mercyhurst College, 98
7 University of Minnesota, 85
8 Dartmouth College, 45
9 University of North Dakota, 38
10 Providence College, 22
Others receiving votes: Ohio State University, 6; Northeastern University, 3.

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