It's not easy to get an opportunity to play for a national championship. It's even more difficult to win a title ever year of your collegiate career.
But that's how it played out for Julia Duquette. The North Tonawanda native scored shorthaded for Plattsburgh as the Cardinals won their fourth straight NCAA Division III women's hockey championship on Saturday. Plattsburgh defeated No. 2 Adrian College, 4-3, in overtime to end the season on a 22-game unbeaten streak.
Duquette, a graduate of Mount St. Mary, scored her first goal of the season in the title game. And what a timely goal it was. Picking up the puck in the neutral zone and skating past a Bulldog defender, she let go a wrist shot into the right side with 21.7 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game, 3-3, and send it to overtime.
Junior defender Lizzy Viola (Willaimsville native, Nichols grad) picked up an assist in the title game while junior forward Ashley Songin (Springville native, Nichols grad) was part of Plattsburgh's top line.