The New York State Assembly passed a resolution this week, sponsored by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, honoring the Clarkson's University women's hockey team for winning the NCAA Division I championship last month in Minnesota.
Representatives from the team were scheduled to be in Albany this week to be recognized by both the state Assembly and the state Senate, but the trip was cancelled due to concerns about traveling conditions.
Assemblywoman Jenne said the Clarkson women's team members serve as great ambassadors for the North Country and the state of New York.
"The Clarkson women have been crowned the national champions in three of the past five years and that is a tremendous feat given the parity in college sports," she noted.
"It is a credit to the players and their work ethic, the coaches for recruiting talented players and helping those young women improve their game when they are putting on the green and gold sweaters and the university for providing the team with the resources necessary to compete against much larger colleges and universities across the country," Assemblywoman Jenne said.
"It is equally important that the Clarkson women's hockey team players bring that same work ethic to the classroom, where the team grade point average is 3.2 on a scale of 4," the assemblywoman pointed out.
"The Clarkson hockey players, with their success on and off the ice, are great role models for youth hockey players in the North Country," Assemblywoman Jenne said.
The Clarkson hockey team shared the stage during a recent celebration honoring the team at the Cheel Arena with players from St. Lawrence County-based girls' hockey teams that represented New York State in national tournaments earlier this month.
The resolution, carried in the state Senate by Sen. Joe Griffo (R-Rome), said the hallmarks of the Golden Knights women's hockey team were a sisterhood of athletic ability, good sportsmanship, honor and scholarship from the opening game of the season to Elizabeth Giguere's game winner in overtime in the national championship game demonstrated these players were second to none.
The resolution also praised the coaches and staff for their work.
"The athletic talent displayed by this team is due in great part to the efforts of Coach Matt Desrosiers, Assistant Coaches Britni Smith and Tony Maci, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Tad Johnson, skilled and inspirational tutors, respected for their ability to develop potential into excellence," it reads. "Coach Desrosiers and his dedicated staff have done a superb job in guiding, molding and inspiring the team members toward their goals."
Clarkson scored 7:55 into overtime to earn a 2-1 victory over Colgate in the NCAA Division 1 Women's Frozen Four championship game on March 18 at at the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena.
Freshman forward Giguere's unassisted breakaway goal to win the national title was selected as ESPN SportsCenter's top play of the day.
Clarkson became the first hockey team to win all of its NCAA tournament games in overtime. The Golden Knights opened the NCAA tournament with a 2-1 overtime victory against Mercyhurst and then advanced to the championship game by shutting out Ohio State University 1-0 in the semifinal matchup.
The Golden Knights are the only Eastern team to win Division 1 women's hockey national championships, and Clarkson became just the fourth women's hockey team to win three or more national championships. They join Minnesota, Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Clarkson senior goalie Shea Tiley was named the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by senior defenseman Savannah Harmon, junior forward Loren Gabel and freshman forward Elizabeth Giguere.
Tiley, Harmon and Gabel were also first-team All-Americans and top 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award given to the national player of the year with Gabel being a Top Three finalist. Giguere was named a second-team All-American.
Clarkson had also blanked Colgate 3-0 to earn the ECAC tournament championship after advancing to the title game with a 4-2 victory over St. Lawrence University in the semifinal.
"Colgate and Clarkson facing off in the national tournament title game, and the success of St. Lawrence University and Cornell during the regular season is a reminder of the high quality of women's college hockey in upstate New York," Assemblywoman Jenne said.
Members of the team:
Seniors: Captain Savannah Harmon, Assistant Captain Lauren Lefler, Assistant Captain Amanda Titus, Assistant Captain Shea Tiley and Katelyn Fournier.
Juniors: Assistant Captain Cassidy Vinkle, Loren Gabel, Emma Keenan, Rhyen McGill, Josiane Pozzebon and Kathy Mariani.
Sophomores: Michaela Pejzlova, Ella Shelton, Taylor Turnquist, Jenna Brenneman and Katherine Beaumier.
Freshman: Elizabeth Giguere, Avery Mitchell, Michaela Boyle, Meaghan Hector, Kristy Pidgeon, Tia Stoddard and Kia Castonguay.
Coach: Matt Desrosiers
Assistant Coaches: Britni Smith, Tony Maci
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Tad Johnson
Equipment Manager: George Frank
Trainer: Alana Alpert
Video Manager: Bryan Warner
Director of Athletics & Recreation: Steve Yianoukos
Associate Athletic Director: Scott Smalling
Associate Athletic Director: Laurel Kane
Sports Information Director: Gary Mikel