Denver knocks off Boston College to win the NCAA Championship

street. PAUL, Minn. — Jared Wright and Roger Lorenz scored second-half goals, Matt Davis made 35 saves and Denver beat top-seeded Boston College 2-0 on Saturday night to win the 10th national championship in program history.

No. 3 seed Denver (32-9-3), which finished the season on a nine-game winning streak, passed Michigan (nine) for most titles ever. Boston College is tied with Boston University (five) for fourth place, behind Wisconsin (six).

Davis made 23 saves in the third period for his third shutout of the season. The junior made his 26th straight start, the longest streak of his career, and stopped 68 of the 69 shots he faced in the Frozen Four. Davis made 33 saves in the Pioneers' 2-1 overtime win over Boston University in the semifinals.

After Denver won a faceoff in its own defensive zone and quickly pushed down the left side, Lorenz passed to Wright for a shot that bounced off the near post and then bounced off the back of Boston College goalie Jacob Fowler over the crossbar before sliding inside the far post to open the scoring with 10:18 left. End of the second half.

Lorenz made it 2-0 about six minutes later. Zeev Boyum directed two defenders but passed a pass between them to Lorenz, who fired a wrist shot into the net. Lorenz (16 goals and 14 assists) became the tenth Denver player to score at least 30 points this season.

The Pioneers outscored their opponents 82-39 in the second half this season.

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“It's a very difficult tournament to win because of the single-elimination nature of it,” Denver coach David Karl said. “You're always trying to get better week to week, month to month, trying to keep the big picture in mind and not get too high, too low in a regular game here or there, even though you feel that way sometimes.

“She tries to keep her balance and learn and learn throughout the process.”

Boston College (34-6-1), which held the program's single-season record for wins, had its 15-game winning streak snapped and was shutout for the first time since a 1-0 loss to Merrimack on March 11, 2023. The Eagles entered the game having beat over their five NCAA Tournament opponents by a score of 29-8.

Denver beat Boston College 4-3 in the only regular season game between the two teams in October.

The Pioneers have won at least 30 games in three straight seasons.

“It's a total team effort to do what we're doing in Denver. I'm really proud of the entire program,” Carl said. “I think the race we're running is a reflection of the people we have.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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