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Crowell Honored

March 22, 2017

Maura Crowell receives her third major coaching award this season.

Women's hockey head coach Maura Crowell might want to invest in a bigger trophy case.

Crowell was named the USCHO Division I Women's Coach of the Year Wednesday after leading the Bulldogs to a 25-7-5 overall record and an NCAA quarterfinal berth in 2016-17.  

In just her second season at the helm, Crowell helped UMD engineer the biggest overall record turnaround in program history and helped the Bulldogs earn its first NCAA quarterfinal game at home since 2010. This marks her third major coaching award this season -- she was named the CCM/AHCA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year Award last week and before that, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Coach of the Year.

The Bulldogs earned 19 WCHA wins in 2016-17, the program's highest since the 2010-11 season, and finished third in the ultra-competitive WCHA (and just three points out of second place), Crowell also helped UMD back into the national rankings, and the Bulldogs reached as a high as second in both the USCHO.com and USA TODAY / USA Hockey Magazine national polls for six weeks before resting in fifth in both final season polls. The Bulldogs were also runners-up in the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off tournament to the University of Wisconsin, UMD's first trip back to the tournament's final game since the 2012 season.

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