Olivia Coffey has found great success at the international level as a rower after growing up in Watkins Glen.
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Sophia McGovern scored the game-winning goal on a power play Saturday night to give host Norwich University a 2-1 victory over Elmira College in the NCAA Division III women’s hockey championship game in Northfield, Vermont.
McGovern’s goal with 1 minute, 33 seconds left came on a shot from the high slot and it followed a controversial Elmira roughing penalty 41 seconds earlier. Her goal was assisted by Amanda Conway and Bryn Labbe. McGovern was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Conway scored the game’s first goal off a Robyn Foley assist with 8:02 to play in the second period.
Sarah Hughson notched an unassisted goal for Elmira with 3:58 to play in the second period while the Soaring Eagles were short-handed. Hughson created a turnover in Norwich’s end and put the puck into the net between the post and Cadets goalie Laurie King on a wrap-around.
Soaring Eagles goaltender Kelcey Crawford capped her dominant season by stopping 26 of 28 shots. King had 23 saves.
Elmira pulled Crawford in the closing minute for a 6-on-5 opportunity.
The Soaring Eagles had four power plays and were able to put just one shot on goal. Norwich had five shots in its five power-play chances.
Elmira (25-3-2) was seeking its fifth national championship and first since 2013. Top-ranked Norwich (27-1-3) earned its second national championship, with the other coming in 2011.
Elmira advanced to the title game with a 3-2 win over four-time defending national champion Plattsburgh State in a semifinal Friday. Norwich was a 5-1 winner over Hamline (Minnesota) in the other semifinal.
In Saturday’s third-place game, Hamline was a 5-4 overtime winner over Plattsburgh.
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