Harvard women's hockey loses NCAA title to Minnesota for second straight year

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Monday, March 28, 2005

Harvard University's fourth ranked women's hockey team Crimson lost to the first-ranked Minnesota Gophers, 4–3, after a close title match where Harvard was coming from behind all game. This was a repeat of last year's title match, which the Gophers won by a wider 6–2 margin.

Minnesota's offense was led by Natalie Darwitz, the all-time point leader in women's NCAA hockey. Harvard's Caitlin Cahow tied the game at 3 points, 6 minutes before the end of the game, but Darwitz sealed the win with her 114th point, a rebound shot with 68 seconds left.

This was Harvard's first loss in 22 games, who ended the season with a 27–7–3 record. Minnesota finished the season 35–2–2. The loss came only one day after The Crimson's men's hockey team lost an extremely close semifinal match to the UNH Wildcats, after 15 minutes of overtime.