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Mission accomplished

Dutchmen race to early lead, defeat Minnesota for crown, 7-4

Union College's Matt Hatch hoists the NCAA Frozen Four Trophy after the Dutchmen beat Minnesota, 7-4, Saturday in Philadelphia.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Union College's Matt Hatch hoists the NCAA Frozen Four Trophy after the Dutchmen beat Minnesota, 7-4, Saturday in Philadelphia.
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Twenty-three years ago, when Union College elevated its program from NCAA Division III to Division I, it seemed like a pipe dream that it would win a national championship. The school wasn’t going to offer athletic scholarships. On Saturday night, a program that doesn’t give athletic scholarships achieved the ultimate goal — winning a national title. And they did it against one of NCAA hockey’s top teams. Led by tournament most outstanding player Shayne Gostisbehere, ...

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