Fall Roundup: Women’s soccer seeks second straight CAA championship

(Image Credit: GoNU)
(Image Credit: GoNU)

by Alex Bensley and Rachel Santo

Northeastern’s Nathalie Nidetch shut out both opponents of the CAA Tournament so far, setting her team up to play No. 1 Hofstra for the conference championship on Sunday. The Huskies’ offense also excelled, scoring 6 goals at home versus the College of Charleston in the quarterfinals, then posting 2 points versus Drexel in Hempstead, NY. Seniors Taylor Caparo, Kayla Cappuzzo, Hannah Lopiccolo, Mollie Rosen, and Carly Wilhelm look to close their careers as champions.

Sunday: Nathalie Nidetch made 6 saves in the 6-0 win over Charleston. Both Nicole Gorman and Hannah Lopiccolo notched 2 goals for the Huskies, and Emily Evangelista netted one off of a rebound. Hannah Rosenblatt scored her 20th career goal – the fourth Husky to ever reach this milestone in her junior season. Kayla Cappuzzo also had a noteworthy performance with 3 assists on the night.

Friday: Nidetch posted 6 saves again to shutout the Drexel Dragons by a score of 2-0. Carly Wilhelm found Lizzie George who was then able to find the net. Hannah Rosenblatt added a goal off of an assist from Taylor Caparo. The CAA Championship will be played at Hofstra on Sunday, 11/5.

Cross-Country:

The men and women raced in the CAA Championship on October 28th in Richmond, Va. Second-year Louiza Wise finished in second place while the leading the women to a fifth place finish and an average time of 22:30. Fourth-year Dan Romano and second-year Chance Lamberth led the way for the men, finishing in 5th and 6th place to lead the Huskies to second overall. They fell victim to the dominance of William & Mary, who has won the CAA Championships for 18 consecutive seasons. Cross-country travels to Buffalo, NY for NCAA regionals on Nov. 10th.

Field Hockey:

Sunday/Friday: Northeastern fell behind 4-0, with their only goal coming from Laura MacLachlan in a 5-1 defeat at the hands of top-10 Delaware on Senior Day. Goalie Julia Gluyas made 11 saves, a career best.

Five days later, the Huskies played Delaware again in the first round of the CAA tournament. Jamie Bartucca gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead with 30 minutes into the first half. However, Delaware added two more to begin the second half, netting the goals within 36 seconds of each other. The Blue Hens added another midway through the second half to steal Northeastern’s hopes of advancing in the CAA tournament. The Huskies finished the season with an 8-12 record.

Men’s Hockey:

Saturday: The Huskies grabbed the lead against BU early and never looked back. Bobby Hampton scored to make it 1-0 and Nolan Stevens scored his third goal of the season to make it 2-0 with 0.1 seconds left in the first period. Stevens’ night was just getting started. After BU scored a power-play goal early in the second, Stevens netted another midway through the period and a third with just over 2 minutes remaining in the period. It was the senior’s first career hat trick, giving him five points in the last two games. Towards the end of the first period, Huskies’ goalie Ryan Ruck suffered a concussion but remained in the game before being replaced in the second by Cayden Primeau. Primeau was outstanding, not allowing a goal on the 19 shots that came his way. Together, Ruck and Primeau accounted for 33 saves. With the win over the Terriers, the Huskies are 3-0-0 in Hockey East play for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The Huskies host BU on Friday.

Women’s Hockey:

Sunday: The Huskies hoped for revenge against Providence but couldn’t come away with the victory in a back-and-forth game. The Friars took a 2-0 lead in the first that McKenna Brand cut in half seven seconds later. Early in the second, Providence extended the lead to 3-1 and tallied another goal later in the period. But Northeastern struck back, as Kasidy Anderson netted two consecutive power-play goals to cut the lead to 4-3. Providence made it 5-3 in the latter part of the third period before Northeastern’s Skylar Fontaine scored less than two minutes later. However, the rally stopped short, as the Huskies couldn’t find the back of the net again. Providence sealed Northeastern’s fate with an empty-net goal under a minute play. Lauren Kelly had two assists and Aerin Frankel had 17 saves in set. The Huskies face Maine on Tuesday, November 7th.

Women’s Volleyball:

Sunday: Northeastern lost their match versus Towson on Senior Day, 3-1. After honoring seniors Brigette Burcescu, Carmen Costa, and Kristen Walding, the Huskies battled the Tigers, losing the first two sets 30-28 and 25-21, respectively. Northeastern came back to win the third set 25-20, but fell in the fourth and final set by a score of 25-23. Sophomore Amy Underdown ended the match with 24 kills and 12 digs for her fifteenth double-double this season. Burcescu recorded 11 kills, including her 1,223th, moving to the sixth spot on the list of most career kills in school history.

Friday: Underdown fell just short of another double-double in Northeastern’s 3-1 victory over William and Mary, with 13 kills, 9 digs and 2 aces. Freshman Gabrielle Tschannen recorded 14 kills for a new career game-high. She also had 5 blocks on the night. The Huskies will travel to Elon on Sunday 11/5.

Women’s Rowing:

Thursday: The women’s rowing first varsity placed 10th at the Princeton chase with Madison Mailey in the stroke seat and Samantha Shulman as the coxswain. Northeastern’s second and third varsities took 21st and 35th places, respectively. Their final action of the season will be at the Foot of the Charles here in Boston on Nov. 11.

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