Guided by second-year co-head coaches Shannon and Matt Desrosiers, the Golden Knights Women's Hockey team skated to a 23-12-5 overall record this year, and finished second in ECAC Hockey with a 14-5-3 league mark.
The Knights were regarded among the top teams in the country throughout the season, ranked as high as number two in the national polls, and made the program's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance, qualifying as an at-large selection in the prestigious eight-team tournament.
In the NCAA quarterfinal match up, The Golden Knights outshot Minnesota 39-35, including a 14-9 advantage in the third period. The Knights went 0-of-5 on the power play, while the Gophers were 1-of-4 with the man-advantage. In the end, The University of Minnesota, however, pulled out the quarterfinal round triumph with the deciding goal in overtime to gain a 3-2 win over Clarkson before a crowd of 785 fans at the University of Minnesota's Ridder Arena.
"Making this appearance in the NCAA Tournament is definitely a huge step for our program," said Co-Head Coach Matt Desrosiers. "We have come a long way in a pretty short time. Obviously, whenever you get the chance to play for championships and come so close, it's going to help build for future years - especially with our younger players that now have that experience."
The Golden Knights' leader, senior captain Britney Selina (Thornhill, Ont.) was the catalyst to the most successful season in Clarkson's history. The veteran center led a well-balanced Green and Gold squad recording 36 points, including a team-high 26 assists. Selina posted a plus-minus rating of +20 and was named ECAC Hockey's Best Defensive Forward along with earning conference second-team all-star honors. Selina graduates as Clarkson's most prolific scorer, recording 148 points on 50 goals and 98 assists through 148 career games.
Sophomore Danielle Boudreau (Whitby, Ont.), who played at forward in 2008-09, moved back on defense this year to help shore up the Clarkson blueline. With her solid play, the Knights boasted one of the stingiest defenses in the nation, allowing only 1.73 goals per game. Boudreau played her best hockey down the stretch and was a key contributor to the Knights' postseason success. She recorded three points in the playoffs, including her first career multiple-point game with two assists against Cornell in the ECAC Championship contest. Boudreau recorded six points, including two goals, playing in all 40 games.
Freshman Hailey Wood (Lethbridge, Alb.) was a steady force as Clarkson's lone rookie on defense. A tenacious defensive-defenseman, she played in all 40 games and tallied seven points, including six assists, along with posting a +8 plus/minus rating. Her first collegiate goal came in the Knights' 3-2 overtime triumph at Yale.