It was almost a dream come true for the UMass men’s hockey team.
They advanced to the NCAA championship game for the first time in school history, defeating several of the country’s best college hockey teams along the way, including Denver in the Frozen Four.
But UMass fell short of their ultimate goal, losing to University of Minnesota Duluth 3-0, in the championship game Saturday.
“They built a lot of momentum throughout the year and as they started winning and getting farther and farther, you could really feel how many people were galvanizing behind them,” said Steve Dowd, the father of a UMass student. “And there was a lot energy and excitement in support of the team.”
“I definitely got to see up close and they were always pushing hard and always pushing themselves hard,” said UMass senior, Julia Griffin. “I saw them practice all the time, they were always just constantly trying. They tried their best and that’s what matters.”
And while UMass may not have walked away with the win they had hoped for, the team had a season that will go down in history.