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Clarkson University is on top of women's college hockey and Golden Knights fans are honoring their champions in style.
"Everybody knows Potsdam as hockey, so to bring back the national championship is very exciting for everybody," said Rachael Matejcik, a Clarkson fan from Russell.
"A couple of us have been going to every single home game," freshman Noah Chicoine said. "We watched them beat every other ECAC in the nation."
Hundreds of fans celebrated Clarkson's second national title Tuesday at Cheel Arena, the same place they saw the Golden Knights dominate before taking out powerhouses Minnesota and Wisconsin in the Frozen Four.
"Everybody keeps telling me it's a 'David vs. Goliath' story," Clarkson athletic director Steve Yianoukos said. "The one stat that jumps out at me, Minnesota has lost two games in the NCAAs in the last six years, both of them to us."
Some fans shared their favorite moments this season.
"It was definitely Loren Gabel's hat trick (March 11 vs. Cornell)," freshman Maura Maguire remembered. "I went to that game, I sat right behind her parents, they were in the row in front of me and they were cheering the whole way."
Clarkson won 34 of its last 35 games and seniors on the team won two of these trophies -- something that no other class in Clarkson history can claim.
"It's an incredible feeling and it's something that's very hard to put into words, especially for us, being able to do it twice in our careers," senior forward Cayley Mercer said. "We're just so excited to be able to share that with the town of Potsdam, the Clarkson community and our teammates."
Potsdam also gave the team a key to the village and named April 4 "Clarkson Women's Hockey Day."
"We always tell people that we get a great following," head coach Matt Desrosiers said. "They support our team really well in this community and on campus here."
The team and its fans will return in the fall to raise another banner in Cheel Arena.