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Robert Morris women's hockey wins CHA title, qualifies for NCAA Tournament

| Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11:12 p.m.
Robert Morris'  Brittany Howard celebrates her goal against Syracuse in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris' Brittany Howard celebrates her goal against Syracuse in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Robert Morris Women's Hockey team celebrates after beating Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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The Robert Morris Women's Hockey team celebrates after beating Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris' Kirsten Welsh raises the CHA Cup after the Colonials beat Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris' Kirsten Welsh raises the CHA Cup after the Colonials beat Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris goaltender Jessica Dodds makes a save on Syracuse's Stephanie Grossi in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris goaltender Jessica Dodds makes a save on Syracuse's Stephanie Grossi in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris' Jaycee Gebhard watches as Brittany Howard's shot beats Syracuse goaltender Abbey Miller in the second period of the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris' Jaycee Gebhard watches as Brittany Howard's shot beats Syracuse goaltender Abbey Miller in the second period of the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris captain Rikki Meilleur raises the CHA Cup and celebrates with the team after beating Syracuse the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris captain Rikki Meilleur raises the CHA Cup and celebrates with the team after beating Syracuse the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris' Maeve Garvey hugs Brittany Howard after beating Syracuse the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris' Maeve Garvey hugs Brittany Howard after beating Syracuse the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Robert Morris women's hockey team celebrates in the locker room after beating Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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The Robert Morris women's hockey team celebrates in the locker room after beating Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris goaltender Jessica Dodds makes a save on Syracuse's Stephanie Grossi in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris goaltender Jessica Dodds makes a save on Syracuse's Stephanie Grossi in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris' Jessica Gazzola (right) celebrates after scoring against Syracuse in the first period. It would be the winning goal during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Robert Morris won 2-0.
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Robert Morris' Jessica Gazzola (right) celebrates after scoring against Syracuse in the first period. It would be the winning goal during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Robert Morris won 2-0.
Robert Morris' Maggie LaGue gets tangled up with Syracuse's Savannah Rennie in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris' Maggie LaGue gets tangled up with Syracuse's Savannah Rennie in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris goaltender Jessica Dodds celebrates after beating Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris goaltender Jessica Dodds celebrates after beating Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris' Anandan Pantaleo defends Syracuse's Larissa Martyniuk in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris' Anandan Pantaleo defends Syracuse's Larissa Martyniuk in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris' Amanda Pantaleo and Jessica Gazzola kiss the CHA Cup after beating Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris' Amanda Pantaleo and Jessica Gazzola kiss the CHA Cup after beating Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris' Jessica Gazzola scores against Syracuse in the first period. It would be the winning goal during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris' Jessica Gazzola scores against Syracuse in the first period. It would be the winning goal during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Robert Morris women's hockey coach Paul Colontino raises the CHA Cup after the Colonials beat Syracuse, 2-0, in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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The Robert Morris women's hockey coach Paul Colontino raises the CHA Cup after the Colonials beat Syracuse, 2-0, in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris' Jaycee Gebhard and Amber Rennie celebrate with Brittany Howard after Howard's goal against Syracuse in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris' Jaycee Gebhard and Amber Rennie celebrate with Brittany Howard after Howard's goal against Syracuse in the second period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Robert Morris women's hockey team celebrates after beating Syracuse, 2-0, in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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The Robert Morris women's hockey team celebrates after beating Syracuse, 2-0, in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Robert Morris women's hockey team celebrates in the locker room after beating Syracuse, 2-0, in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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The Robert Morris women's hockey team celebrates in the locker room after beating Syracuse, 2-0, in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris goaltender Jessica Dodds won the MVP award and the CHA Cup after the Colonials' victory over Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris goaltender Jessica Dodds won the MVP award and the CHA Cup after the Colonials' victory over Syracuse in the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris' Elijah Milen-Price celebrates with Jessica Gazzola after Gazzola's goal against Syracuse in the first period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris' Elijah Milen-Price celebrates with Jessica Gazzola after Gazzola's goal against Syracuse in the first period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Morris celebrates Jessica Gazzola's goal against Syracuse in the first period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Robert Morris celebrates Jessica Gazzola's goal against Syracuse in the first period during the CHA final Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

The ninth-ranked Robert Morris women's hockey team captured its first College Hockey America championship and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament by defeating Syracuse, 2-0, in the conference title game Saturday.

It is the program's first NCAA Tournament berth.

Jessica Gazzloa scored in the first period off assists from Leah Carey and Natalie Fraser for a 1-0 lead. Brittany Howard added an unassisted goal in the second.

That was more than enough for goalie Jessica Dodds, who stopped all 32 shots she faced. Dodds was named the tournament MVP, and Gazzola and Howard were named to the all-tournament team.

Robert Morris (24-4-6) awaits its NCAA Tournament destination.

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