UW women's hockey: Duggan caps amazing career in style

2011-03-20T22:45:00Z 2011-05-11T19:16:07Z UW women's hockey: Duggan caps amazing career in styleANDY BAGGOT | abaggot@madison.com | 608-252-6175 madison.com

ERIE, Pa. -- The pressure was on Meghan Duggan, and the senior right winger and captain of the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team knew it Sunday.

A day after winning the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top women's player in the nation, Duggan was trying to become the third UW recipient of the honor to follow it up with a NCAA title.

Duggan did just that thanks to UW's 4-1 triumph over Boston University at Tullio Arena.

Duggan didn't have a point for the first time since Feb. 5 -- a streak of 10 games -- but the all-time scoring leader in program history played well and was thrilled to join center Sara Bauer (2006) and goaltender Jessie Vetter (2009) in bringing home the Patty Kazmaier Award and the NCAA championship trophy.

"It's just an outstanding feeling," said Duggan, who finished her 159-game career with 108 goals, 129 assists and 237 points -- the only member of the 100-100-200 club in UW history.

Duggan joins a small sorority of UW players who have won three national titles. In addition to playing in four NCAA championship games, Duggan was a part of 136 wins.

"I don't think you can set it up any better than this," she said. "We were chasing after that trophy all year. We put a lot of hours in, put a lot of hard work in over the last year. Nothing really feels better than that.

"There's no better way to go out, I think, than (to have) the weekend that we had this weekend and the year that we had this year."

A vow to the future

Boston University has the look of an up-and-coming power. The program went from infancy to the Frozen Four in six years and the bulk of its lineup Sunday is back next season.

One who won't be back is center and captain Holly Lorms, who made a bold postgame prediction.

"I guarantee this will not be the last time Boston University is in a NCAA championship game," she said.

It was odd that while Duggan, the UW captain, hails from Danvers, Mass., Lorms is from Brookfield. Lorms said she was proud of her career and her choice of schools.

"I'm exactly where I should be," she said.

Award winners

For the first time in Frozen Four history, the Most Outstanding Player Award was shared.

Duggan and junior center/left winger Hilary Knight were recognized. Duggan had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win over Boston College in the semifinals, while Knight had two assists in each game.

Those two were named to the all-tournament team along with three teammates: junior left winger Brooke Ammerman, sophomore defenseman Alev Kelter and freshman goaltender Alex Rigsby.

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