The Endicott College women's hockey team got an almost perfect start in its first ever NCAA tournament game on Wednesday.
Host Plattsburgh State never backed down, though, and spoiled what could've been a perfect ending for the Gulls.
Plattsburgh's Annie Katonka scored 45 seconds into overtime to end Endicott's historic season, 3-2, in the first round of the Division 3 national tournament.
Endicott (19-5-4) jumped out to a two goal lead by taking advantage of opportunities. Jillian Gibbs, the hero of Sunday's conference title win in OT, buried a chance from the slot just 4:37 into the opening period.
The heavily favored Cardinals (26-2), ranked No. 2 in the country, carried the play and outshot Endicott 17-4 in the first. But the Gulls cashed in on another mistake, going up 2-0 on Courtney Sullivan's goal with 3:07 left in the opening frame.
Senior goalie Vendela Jonsson did everything possible to hold the lead and finished the game with 48 saves, which ties her own single-game Endicott school record. She stopped 16 in the second period to send her team to the third clinging to a 2-1 lead, but Katonka tied it with 8:19 left in regulation.
Endicott was outshot 51-10 for the game and was limited to only two shots on goal in the third and none in the short overtime. Still, it was the best season in program history with the first ever NCAA tourney appearance and Colonial Hockey Conference titles in both the regular and post seasons.
Gibbs, Ashlie Jones, Alexa Pretkelis and Lauren Ferraiuolo had assists on the two Endicott goals.