Year in pictures, national champions

It was a year of unprecedented success for University of Wisconsin athletic programs, which won four team national championships in 2005-06: in men's cross country, men's and women's hockey and women's lightweight rowing. This is the fifth and final edition of Badger Nation's year in pictures.

Follow the bouncing puck to celebration, as Boston College's last-chance shot deflects off the pipe. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

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Wisconsin won its sixth NCAA Championship, and its first in 16 years, with a 2-1 win over Boston College at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on April 8. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Adam Burish walks into the Kohl Center with the NCAA Championship trophy during a celebration April 9. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Brian Elliott runs in with some pom-poms before the ceremony. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Fans cheer as they watch the championship game on the big screen at the Kohl Center. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Fans congratulate the Badgers on their National Championship. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Men's coach Mike Eaves and women's coach Mark Johnson meet on stage with their trophies. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Adam Burish high-fives fans after the ceremony. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves acknowledges the crowd during a rally Sunday, April 9, in Madison, Wis., to honor the Wisconsin men's hockey team for winning the NCAA Championship Saturday. Wisconsin beat Boston College 2-1 Saturday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee to win the national title. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Wisconsin goaltender Brian Elliott makes his way to the stage. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Brother and sister Adam and Nikki Burish, the captain of the men's hockey team, and assistant captain of the women's hockey team, respectively, hold up their NCAA Championship trophies at the rally. The men's hockey team defeated Boston College Saturday for the national title and the women's team beat Minnesota on March 26 for its national title. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Robbie Earl celebrates Tom Gilbert's game-winning goal in the NCAA Championship game versus Boston College April 8. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

The Badgers celebrate Tom Gilbert's winning goal. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Wisconsin's Jack Skille skates around with the Championship trophy. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Wisconsin goaltender Brian Elliott waves a championship shirt. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Wisconsin's Brian Elliott celebrates with fans. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Mike Eaves hugs junior forward Andy Brandt after the game. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Adam Burish hugs his sister Nikki after the game. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Adam Burish thanks the fans. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Senior Tom Gilbert shows off the next day's headlines after Wisconsin won the national title game over Boston College. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

For the second time in two weeks, Barry Alvarez congratulates a national champion Badger skater named Burish. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

The Wisconsin hockey team poses with the championship trophy to celebrate. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Wisconsin Badgers (left to right) Andrew Joudrey, Adam Burish, Tom Gilbert and Ryan MacMurchy hold up the championship trophy to celebrate their victory over Boston College. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Badger goaltending coach Bill Howard is flanked by his class of 2005-06, Brian Elliott and Shane Connelly. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Badger seniors (left to right) A.J. Degenhardt, Nick Licari, Tom Gilbert, Adam Burish and Ryan MacMurchy display the National Championship trophy. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Wisconsin players converge on goaltender Brian Elliott after Wisconsin defeated Boston College 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Wisconsin's Joe Pavelski kisses the championship trophy. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Badgers Ross Carlson (27), Tom Gilbert (14) and Josh Engel celebrate as the clock runs out. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Wisconsin celebrates as the clock runs out (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Wisconsin captain Adam Burish pumps his fist to the crowd after winning the National Championship. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Wisconsin's Jack Skille and Jake Dowell celebrate with fans. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Jake Dowell, right, pounds on the glass to celebrate. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Adam Burish holds up the championship trophy. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Adam Burish, back, and Robbie Earl celebrate. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Jack Skille, right, and Davis Drewiske hug after winning the national title. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Boston College's Mike Brennan (4) flips Wisconsin's Ross Carlson (27) into the boards during the first period. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Wisconsin's Jake Dowell, right, gets ready to check Boston College's Anthony Aiello, left, in the second period. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Wisconsin's Joe Pavelski (8) and Boston College's Brian Boyle (10) face off to start the third period. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Wisconsin's Jeff Likens checks Boston College's Nathan Gerbe (9). (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Wisconsin's Robbie Earl (10) celebrates with Tom Gilbert on Gilbert's third-period goal. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Boston College's Nathan Gerbe kneels on the ice after Boston College lost 2-1 to Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Boston College's Pat Gannon (13) leaps into the arms of teammate Anthony Aiello after Gannon scored a goal against Wisconsin during the first period. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Wisconsin's Tom Gilbert, right, hits Boston College's Chris Collins, left, in the first period. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Wisconsin's Matt Olinger, right, is charged with interference for this hit on Boston College's Nathan Gerbe, left, in the first period. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Boston College's Joe Adams, left, and Wisconsin's Andy Brandt, right, collide in the first period. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Boston College's Pat Gannon, left, celebrates his first-period goal with teammate Anthony Aiello, right, in the first period. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Boston College players react after narrowly losing to Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Brian Elliott holds the NCAA Championship trophy. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Celebrate. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves accepts his NCAA Championship watch. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

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Badger forward Adam Burish celebrates while holding his edge. Robbie Earl (not pictured) had just scored a goal while on a 2-on-1 with Burish to give UW a 3-1 lead in the second period of the national semifinal versus Maine. The Badgers won the game 5-2. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

UW defenseman Tom Gilbert upends a Maine player in an effort to protect goalie Brian Elliott. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Badger winger Jack Skille bears down on Maine netminder Ben Bishop. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Maine's Mike Hamilton takes a spill thanks to a hit from Badger defenseman Kyle Klubertanz. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Robbie Earl celebrates Adam Burish's first-period goal. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Nick Licari gets squished by Maine's Michel Léveillé. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Ben Street gets punched by Matt Duffy during the third period. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Maine's Travis Wight and Wisconsin's Davis Drewiske, right, need to be separated at the end of the third period. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Wisconsin's Ben Street (22) celebrates his goal against Maine in the third period. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Wisconsin goalie Brian Elliot is scored on by Maine defenseman Mike Lundin in the third period. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Wisconsin's Robbie Earl (10) celebrates his goal against Maine in the second period. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Wisconsin's Matt Olinger, left, is penalized for high sticking after this hit on Maine's Keith Johnson, right, in the second period. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Jack Skille celebrates his overtime game-winning goal against Cornell. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Wisconsin's Jack Skille celebrates his game-winning shot at 11:13 mark in triple overtime as Cornell goalie David McKee reacts during the finals of the NCAA men's hockey Midwest Regionals. The Badgers won the epic game 1-0. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Wisconsin celebrates Jack Skille's (12, lower right) game-winning goal in the third overtime. His shot culminated 111 minutes and 13 seconds of riveting hockey. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Wisconsin teammates Adam Burish, Robbie Earl, 10, and Tom Gilbert, right, celebrate Jack Skille's game-winning goal. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Wisconsin goalie Brian Elliott, back, and Cornell netminder David McKee, after they combined for 99 saves in a game for the ages. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

The Badgers are all smiles after qualifying for the Frozen Four. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Jack Skille, left, and Brian Elliott pose for a photograph. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Cornell goalie David McKee made an incredible 59 saves. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Wisconsin wing Adam Burish, left, is greeted by a Cornell player. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Jake Dowell gets sandwiched by the Cornell defense. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Wisconsin goalie Brian Elliott, center, stops a shot as Cornell's Matt Moulson, background right, lands behind him. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Cornell goalie David McKee stops a shot by Wisconsin's Jack Skille (12) during the third period. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Joe Pavelski and Adam Burish celebrate Pavelski's second goal. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

The Badgers celebrate Pavelski's first-period goal. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Joe Pavelski's goal sneaks past Laybe Sedevie. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Wisconsin center Joe Pavelski, who scored a hat trick in the Badgers 4-0 win in the first round of the NCAAs, skates with Bemidji State captain Jean-Guy Gervais tailing him. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

The Wisconsin bench is all smiles. Players from left to right: Ross Carlson, Andy Brandt, Nick Licari and Jack Skille. Head coach Mike Eaves is standing in back. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Badger forwards Andrew Joudrey (24), Adam Burish, Joe Pavelski (8), and Robbie Earl (10) celebrate one of Pavelski's three goals. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Wisconsin's Joe Pavelski, center, celebrates the second of his three goals for the day with Ross Carlson, left, and Adam Burish, right, during the second period. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Wisconsin's Nikki Burish, top right, lifts the championship trophy as she and teammates including Meaghan Mikkelson (27) and Phoebe Monteleone (23) celebrate their 3-0 win over Minnesota for the NCAA women's hockey championship. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wisconsin players mob goaltender Jessie Vetter as they celebrate their 3-0 win over Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wisconsin goalie Jessie Vetter, right, blocks a shot from Minnesota's Andrea Nichols (second from left) with her stick in the first period. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wisconsin's Jinelle Zaugg, left, and Cyndy Kenyon, second from left, celebrate Zaugg's first period goal. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota goalie Brittony Chartier, left, fails to stop the puck as Wisconsin's Grace Hutchins (13), scores in the first period. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota goalie Brittony Chartier leans against the goal at the end of the game after Wisconsin beat Minnesota 3-0. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wisconsin's Tia Hanson (29) watches her shot go past St. Lawrence goalie Jess Moffat for a third-period goal in the national semifinal. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wisconsin's Bobbi-Jo Slusar (10) and goalie Jessie Vetter celebrate their 1-0 win over St. Lawrence to advance to the championship game in NCAA Women's Frozen Four. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

St. Lawrence goalie Jess Moffat, left, smothers a shot by Wisconsin's Jinelle Zaugg (8) in the first period. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wisconsin's Erika Lawler, right, is up-ended as she and St. Lawrence's Tracy Muzerall, left, collide along the boards in first period. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wisconsin's Sharon Cole, bottom, and St. Lawrence's Crystal Connors (11) get tangled up in the third period. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Simon Bairu crosses the finish line with his second consecutive individual NCAA cross country championship Nov. 21. The Badgers won the team competition with the sixth-best tally in NCAA history. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Chris Solinsky celebrates his first-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

Chris Solinsky celebrates his second-consecutive NCAA Indoor title in the 3,000 meters March 11. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

NCAA Champion men's cross country lineup:

Simon Bairu, first place individually. (UW Athletics)

Chris Solinsky, third. (UW Athletics)

Matt Withrow, ninth. (UW Athletics)

Antony Ford, 14th. (UW Athletics)

Stuart Eagon, 17th. (UW Athletics)

Tim Nelson, 18th. (UW Athletics)

Christian Wagner, 58th. (UW Athletics)

Women's lightweight rowing varsity eight, which won its third consecutive Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championship in June:

Eric Specht. (UW Athletics)

Kristin Hedstrom. (UW Athletics)

Margot Schoelkopf (no picture available).

Andrea Ryan. (UW Athletics)

Anaya Drew. (UW Athletics)

Mary Higgins. (UW Athletics)

Claire Wallace. (UW Athletics)

Christi Halleen. (UW Athletics)

Candice Hansey. (UW Athletics)

Wisconsin women's hockey team with Governor Jim Doyle and his wife. (UW Athletics)

Men's hockey team at its championship celebration. (UW Athletics)

The women's hockey team joins the men's team for a rendition of "Varsity." (UW Athletics)

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