Minnesota Skates Past Harvard, 4-1, To Win 2015 National Championship
Gophers capture third NCAA title in past four seasons

Senior forward Rachael Bona has goal and assist for Gophers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 19:09.3 MIN1-0 EV Megan Wolfe (3)Dani Cameranesi/42, Rachael Bona/23
3rd 8:50  MIN2-0 EV GW Hannah Brandt (34)Maryanne Menefee/24
3rd 15:06  HAR1-2 EV Sarah Edney (8)Michelle Picard/15
3rd 16:54  MIN3-1 EV Meghan Lorence (18)Kelly Pannek/30
3rd 18:12  MIN4-1 EV EN Rachael Bona (15)Lee Stecklein/22, Amanda Leveille/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Harvard  0011
Minnesota  1034
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Harvard  68620
Minnesota  1411833
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Harvard (27-6-3)  0/3 4/8 0
Minnesota (34-3-4)  0/4 3/6 0
Harvard Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Emerance Maschmeyer (L, 18-5-3)59:443 1311529
Empty Net0:161     
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Amanda Leveille (W, 28-3-3)60:001 68519

MINNEAPOLIS - The top-seeded Minensota women's hockey team defeated third-seeded Harvard University, 4-1, to win the program's sixthnational title in front of a sold-out crowd at Ridder Arena Sunday afternoon.

Junior goaltender Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ontario) made 19 saves for the Maroon &Gold while Minnesota (34-3-4) received goals from sophomore Megan Wolfe (Eagan, Minn.), junior Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and seniors Meghan Lorence (Mounds View, Minn.) and Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn.).

Playing in its fourth-straight NCAA championship game, Minnesota used three third period goals, including two in the final 4:06 of the game, to power past Harvard (27-6-3).

Wolfe put the Gophers up 1-0 late in the first period, marking the 17th goal the Gophers scored in the final minute of a period this season. Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) and Bona picked up assists on the play as Wolfe received the puck from Cameranesi, moved across the Harvard zone and fired a shot from the left circle that beat Maschmeyer glove-side.

After a scoreless second period, Brandt extended the Gophers' lead with a goal at 8:50 in the third period, teaming up with linemate and fellow junior Maryanne Menefee (Lansing, Mich.) on a two-on-one. The goal marked Brandt's 34th goal of the season.

The Crimson cut Minnesota's lead to one with 4:54 remaining as Sarah Edney kept the Harvard's chances at a national title alive late in the third period. However, Lorence extended the Gophers' lead back to two just 1:48 later.

Bona capped her storied collegiate career as she clinched the national championship for the Gophers with an empty net goal with under two minutes remaining in the game.

With the 2015 championship, Minnesota now owns a collegiate women's hockey record six national titles. The Gophers (six titles) join Minnesota Duluth (five), Wisconsin (four) and Clarkson (one) to combine for all 16 national titles since 2000. Minnesota has won three titles in the last four years (2012, 2013, 2015) after finishing as national runners-up a year ago.

Leveille, Wolfe, Brandt, Menefee and Cameranesi were named to the 2015 NCAA All-Tournament Team. Harvard's Edney was also honored, and Brandt was named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player.

The game marked a rematch of the 2004 and 2005 national championship games, both of which Minnesota also won over Harvard.