By most measures, Wisconsin's women's hockey team enjoyed a phenomenal run this season. The Badgers set school records with 25 wins and 18 league wins and were ranked in the top five nationally for most of the season. Wisconsin finished second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season and third in the conference tournament.
In the end, though, it was not enough to secure the school's first Frozen Four berth. The Badgers held an outside chance of reaching the NCAA tourney had Dartmouth topped St. Lawrence in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals Saturday. The Saints, though, prevailed 4-2, before losing 6-1 to Harvard in the ECAC Tournament championship game.
As a result, St. Lawrence finished the season third in the PairWise rankings, followed by Dartmouth and Wisconsin. Sunday afternoon's Frozen Four selection announcement mirrored the PairWise, leaving the Badgers one spot removed from postseason play.
Harvard and St. Lawrence, seeded second and third, respectively, will rematch Friday in a national semifinal in Providence, Rhode Island at 7 p.m. Fourth-seed Dartmouth faces off with top-seed Minnesota at 4 p.m. The Gophers won the WCHA regular season and tournament championships.
Wisconsin concludes the 2003-04 campaign 25-6-3 overall, 18-5-1 in WCHA play.