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Sarah Davis contemplates her future in the game

Sarah Davis had an outstanding career with the University of Minnesota hockey team, but she conceded it took her a little time to come to terms with the disappointment of losing her final NCAA game.

“Honestly, it was heartbreaking then and it still is at this point,” Davis said this week.

“Everyone says you look back on your college carer and see how successful it was, but it’s pretty tough right now.”

The Paradise native and her Golden Gophers, going for their third straight championship, fell 5-4 to Clarkson Golden Knights in the NCAA women’s Frozen Four tournament in Hamden, Conn., Sunday.

Davis, 21, said Clarkson was, “a great team. They scored on their chances and we didn’t score on all of ours. I think if we were to play that game over again, the outcome might be different.”

Some of the Clarkson players were less gracious in victory.

Here are some of their quotes following the game, as recorded by Puck Daddy writer Greg Wyshynski on the Yahoo Sports website:

• “Yeah, Minnesota won it two years in a row, but that doesn’t mean anything to us.” — Shannon MacAulay, Clarkson forward

• “We didn’t care how many national championships (Minnesota) had won — this was our year.” — Carly Mercer, Clarkson forward.

• “I don’t consider this an upset.” — Clarkson co-coach Matt Desrosiers.

So while the Clarkson coach wouldn’t call the win an upset, he can’t change the fact that Minnesota dominated NCAA women’s hockey in recent years, running up a 62-game winning streak that ended in November. Then they went on Sanother 26-game winning streak.

Davis, a psychology major, said she’s taking some time to asses her next move as far as her future is concerned.

“It’s been rollercoaster of emotions lately. It’s kind of hard to think about my future right now.

She would like to stay in Minneapolis, but immigration issues (work visas, etc.) makes that a difficult proposition.

In the meantime, Davis e-mailed Hockey Canada this week looking to discuss her possible future with that program. Davis was part of Hockey Canada’s under-22 development team and won a bronze medal with Canada’s U-22 squad at the Meco Cup in Germany last year.

The five-foot-four forward finished her four-year career at the University of Minnesota with 49 goals and 138 points in 154 games. She was fourth in Gophers’ scoring this season with 20 goals and 49 points in 41 games while wearing an ‘A’.

“I’m mad about the loss, but I’m sad my university career is over,” said Davis.

However, she acknowledged there were far more goo­­d times than bad over the past four years.

The best of times for Davis included scoring an overtime goal in the NCAA semifinals in March of last season, a goal which gave the Golden Gophers a 3-2 win over Boston College and sent them to the final,where they beat Boston University 6-3 in the championship for their second straight national title.

She called that overtime goal the highlight of her hockey career.

But along with the success she had on the ice, Davis said her time in Minnesota was amazing.

“I can’t put into words what the past four years have meant to me ... the people I’ve met, the families I’ve met. I basically had a second family here in Minneapolis and I’m so grateful for that.”

Davis said she chose to go attend the University of Minnesota because the university had a winning reputation, “but I didn’t expect to have the experiences I’ve had here.

“The friends I’ve met probably have meant more than the championships I’ve won,” she said.

And, as far as her recent disappointment is concerned, she said, “Hopefully, time heals it.”


Organizations: Boston College, NCAA, Yahoo Sports University of Minnesota Boston University

Geographic location: Minnesota, Paradise, Hamden, Conn. Minneapolis Canada Germany

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