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National champ Bulldogs invited to White House

Minnesota Duluth's Jessica Wong (49) celebrates with teammates Emmanuelle Blais (47), Laura Fridfinnson (19) Katie Wilson (9) and Lana Steck (31) after scoring the game-winning goal with less than a minute left in triple overtime against Cornell in the NCAA championship in March. (File / Associated Press)

The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team, the 2010 NCAA Division I champion, has been invited to a White House reception with President Obama on Sept. 13 in Washington, D.C., which will honor championship teams and student athletes, according to a White House news release.

Thirty-four teams were listed as invitees including those representing hockey, volleyball, gymnastics, track and field, baseball, water polo, football, swimming, soccer, rowing, cross country, tennis, golf, fencing, lacrosse, softball, field hockey, bowling, wrestling and rifle.

Boston College was on the list as Division I men's hockey champion.

The Bulldogs defeated Cornell 3-2 in triple overtime March 21 in Minneapolis to win a fifth Division I championship and finish

31-8-2 for 2009-10. UMD has made four previous White House trips as NCAA champions -- June 25, 2001; May 21, 2002; June 17, 2003; and June 26, 2008.

According to the release, President Obama is continuing a tradition started by President George W. Bush of honoring teams and individual student-athletes for accomplishments on and off the field. President Obama also has started efforts to recognize teams and players for service to their communities.

UMD sports information director Bob Nygaard said Monday that the school had not yet formalized plans for the trip or identified who would represent the Bulldogs.