University of Wisconsin junior Maddie Rowe, of River Falls, helped the Badger women's hockey team win its fifth national title in program history with a 2-0 victory over the University of Minnesota in the NCAA Frozen Four championship game Sunday, March 24, in Hamden, Conn.
It's the first national title in eight years for Wisconsin. The Badgers became the first team in 19 NCAA tournaments to win all of their games by shutout. UW blanked Syracuse 4-0 in the quarterfinals and Clarkson 5-0 in the semifinals.
Rowe had four assists this season while playing in 40 of the Badgers' 41 games, primarily as the Badgers' seventh blueliner. She's appeared in 116 games in her three-year at Wisconsin, ammassing nine goals and 16 assists. She was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team in 2017-18.
A 2016 graduate of River Falls High School, Rowe was a four-year starter for the St. Croix Valley Fusion, earning Wisconsin Girls Hockey Coaches Association All-State and All-Big Rivers Conference First Team honors three straight years while winning back-to-back BRC Player of the Year awards.
As a senior in 2016 she received the Molly Engstrom Award, which goes to Wisconsin's top female high school defender, while being named to the USA Today All-USA Girls Hockey Second Team.
Rowe finished her high school career with 218 points (109 goals, 109 assists) in 218 games during her four years with the Fusion.