The Potsdam Town Board recently made a proclamation recognizing the NCAA Division I champion Clarkson Golden Knights women's hockey contingent and their national championship season.
The squad won the national crown against the top-ranked Minnesota University Golden Gophers at Quinnipac University by a final tally of 5-4. Sophomore Shannon MacAulay scored the game-winning marker with less than five minutes left on the clock.
It was the first crown for any sport on Clarkson history. They were the first team since 2001 that claimed the D1 banner and is not from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Clarkson ended the season with a 31-5-5 overall record.
The proclamation reads:
“Whereas, the Women's Golden Knights displayed tremendous determination and perseverance by competing hard and winning a place in the FInal Frozen Four Tournament;
Whereas, the Golden Knights defeated a talented Mercyhurst team in the semi-finals, thus earning a berth in the final NCAA game against two time National Champion, Minnesota;
Whereas, the Golden Knights refused to be intimidated by Minnesota, even though they had won 87 go their last 89 games;
Whereas, Clarkson's Lady Golden Knights became the first Eastern College to win the National Championship since the start of the NCAA tournament in 2001.
Now therefore, be it resolved that the Potsdam Town Board Supervisor and Potsdam Town Board express their congratulations and praise for the marvelous achievement these amazing student athletes have earned in becoming the NCAA National Division I Women's Champions. The Town of Potsdam's citizens are proud of each member of the hockey team, their coaches, and their support staff. Continued success to all of you.”