The Huskies — backed by out­standing goal­tending, vet­eran lead­er­ship and solid team play — rolled through the com­pe­ti­tion last weekend to win the Amer­ican Col­le­giate Hockey Asso­ci­a­tion Divi­sion I national cham­pi­onship. Cour­tesy photo.

The North­eastern women’s club ice hockey team has cap­tured the Amer­ican Col­le­giate Hockey Asso­ci­a­tion Divi­sion I national cham­pi­onship, con­tin­uing a remark­able run of suc­cess that has defined the program.

The team capped its thrilling tour­na­ment run last weekend in Wooster, Ohio, by defeating Min­nesota 3–1 in the cham­pi­onship game.

The vic­tory marked the end of an up-​​and-​​down year for the team, which began the reg­ular season 8–0-1 but fin­ished with a 16–10-1 record. Players and coaches regrouped in the play­offs, during which the club stormed through the competition.

I can’t say enough about this team’s col­lec­tive char­acter,” said first-​​year head coach Chris Walsh. “The players bounced back in big way.”

The Huskies won all three of its round-​​robin tour­na­ment games and then shut out the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts in the semi­fi­nals, 4–0, to advance to the championship.

Goalie Chelsea Dietz was named tour­na­ment MVP, stop­ping 128 of 131 shots in five games for a 0.60 goals against average and .977 save per­centage. “Throughout the whole tour­na­ment, she was a rock in net for us,” Walsh said.

Team cap­tain Meredith Har­clerode (five goals) and Nicole Fox (three goals, three assists) earned First Team All Tour­na­ment honors.

Walsh said Har­clerode and Dietz inspired the squad with out­standing lead­er­ship, and he noted that strong play in both the offen­sive and defen­sive ends of the ice con­tributed to the team’s suc­cess. He also praised assis­tant coaches Craig Lee and Brian Walsh for their com­mit­ment to the team.

Dietz and Har­clerode helped start the club hockey pro­gram five years ago to give more women on campus the oppor­tu­nity to play the game they love.

The cham­pi­onship capped the fourth full season for the team, which won the Divi­sion II national title in 2010. The squad moved to Divi­sion I in the 2010-​​11 season, but lost to Michigan State in the finals last year.

Dietz said the loss fueled players to work hard to win it all this season. “It’s over­whelming,” said Dietz, now a grad­uate stu­dent in Northeastern’s six-​​year phys­ical therapy pro­gram. “This is the best way to go out.”