Hear what Coach Madigan had to say after Northeastern’s (0-1-1) 5-2 loss to Quinnipiac on Saturday night. Next up for the Huskies is a trip to Bentley on Friday night before opening up their home slate against the Falcons on Saturday. WRBB will have full coverage of both games.
By: Dan McLoone
Nolan Stevens tipped home a Dylan Sikura shot from the blue line with under a minute to play in regulation as the No. 14/15 Northeastern Huskies fought back to tie the No. 2/2 Quinnipiac Bobcats, 2-2, to open the regular season.
“We came in here knowing it was going to be a hard game,” said Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan. “They’re a heavy team. They’re obviously a team who’s very seasoned, veteran, and used to playing in close tight games. They’ve been in the national championship game last year, and the tournament the last few years, so we were expecting a heavy game and I liked the way our kids came out and competed.”
Both squads traded chances to start the first period, with both goalies preventing any pucks from getting into the back of the net. With 3:18 left in the period, Bobcats forward Landon Smith sent a shot over a charging Ryan Ruck and past the net. The puck bounced off the glass and fell to Andrew Taverner, who fired it past a diving Ruck and into the goal. Ruck and Madigan both appealed for goalie interference on Smith, but the goal stood after a short review to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies came out strong to start the second period, immediately forcing Quinnipiac back into its defensive zone. Just 1:39 into the frame sophomore Lincoln Griffin touched home a beautiful centering pass from freshman Grant Jozefek to tie the game at one.
“I thought our team got better as the game went along from the first period where we got outshot a little bit, but we had some really good opportunities,” said Madigan. “In the second and third period, I really liked our offensive zone play and the opportunities in and around the net.”
Northeastern largely outplayed the Bobcats through most of the third period, but Bo Pieper was able to pounce on a loose rebound that Ruck couldn’t cover up and slot a shot into the bottom right corner of the net with 6:23 to go in the game.
Trailing 2-1, the Huskies did not take the foot off the gas pedal, firing shot after shot at Quinnipiac netminder Chris Truehl. With under a minute to go and Ruck pulled, the Huskies won a faceoff in their offensive zone. Sikura corralled the faceoff, skated to his right and fired a shot from the blue line that Stevens was able to tip in from the right of the net to force overtime. Northeastern dominated the extra frame, not allowing a single shot for the Bobcats, but were unable to notch a game-winner.
“Our kids are maybe not as seasoned as Quinnipiac but we’ve been through a lot…the last two years,” said Madigan. “There’s no panic on the bench and there was a confidence on the bench that ‘hey, we’re going to have a chance to win this’, [and] tie the game still.”
Both Ruck and Truehl played strong games in net. Ruck finished with 20 saves in his sophomore debut, while Truehl made 28 of his own, including stonewalling both Adam Gaudette and Brandon Collier in one-on-one chances. The Huskies also finished five for five on the penalty kill against a Quinnipiac team that converted at a 24.8 percent clip over the last five years, good for tops in the country.
“You never want to be happy with a tie, but I thought we built confidence as the game went along, and I actually thought we deserved a little bit of a better fate if we capitalized a little bit more around the net,” said Madigan.
The teams will square off once again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. Coverage of the game can be heard live on WRBB.
Josh Brown contributed to this article.
By: Jeremy Leopold (@)
Head Coach: Zach Spiker (1st season)
Last Season: 6-25 (3-15 CAA, 9th place)
- G Tavon Allen (13.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
- G Terrell Allen (9.8 ppg, 3.5 apg, CAA All-Rookie Team)
- F Kazembe Abif (9.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
- G Ahmad Fields
- G Chandler Fraser- Pauls
- G Rashann London (7.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
- G Kirk Lee (St. Frances Academy/Baltimore, MD)
- F Sam Green (Bishop McNamara/Bowie, MD)
- F Jeremy Peck (St. Thomas/Houston, TX)
- G Kari Jonsson (Flensborg/Iceland)
- G Troy Harper (Neumann Goretti, Philadelphia, PA)
- G Tramaine Isabell (Garfield/Seattle, WA)
For the first time in 15 seasons the Dragons will be without Head Coach James “Bruiser” Flint roaming the sidelines. After Drexel’s star Damion Lee transferred to Louisville for the 2015-2016 season, Flint had an inexperienced team without any star power. His squad finished second to last in the CAA and Flint, who went 245-217 at Drexel with no NCAA tournament appearances, was fired.
New head coach Zach Spiker will inherit a team that got killed on the glass last season, finishing dead last in team rebounding and rebounding margin in the CAA. The Dragons also couldn’t score, finishing only ahead of defensive minded College of Charleston in points per game. It won’t help that Drexel is losing over 63% of their scoring contribution from last year: a combination of graduation and a number players transferring after Flint’s departure. Leading scorer Tavon Allen (13.1 ppg) and leading rebounder Kazembe Abif (7.0 rpg) both graduated, and breakout freshman Terrell Allen (9.8 ppg), who looked poised to become an upper echelon player in the CAA, transferred to the University of Central Florida.
Spiker comes in after seven seasons at Army where he compiled a 102-112 record, never finishing higher than 4th in the Patriot League. His final season at West Point was his best. Army went 19-14 (9-9 in the Patriot League) and finished 4th, making an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) where they were bounced in the first round. Spiker’s Black Knights excelled last season in the areas where Drexel struggled, ranking in the top 30 in the nation in rebounding and three-pointers made per game. He also ran an up-tempo offense with 75.4 possessions per game, making the Black Knights one of the faster teams in the nation.
While the Dragons likely won’t be good next year, there is some hope. After a solid freshman campaign in 2013-2014, junior G Major Canady has the makings of a really good player in the CAA. He was bit by the injury bug the past two seasons with an ankle injury keeping him out of the entire 2014-2015 campaign and a knee injury sidelining him last year. According to the team’s website, the redshirt junior should be healthy and ready to contribute this year.
While Canady holds down the backcourt, he will get frontcourt help from Rodney Williams. The 6’7” senior was second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 10.5 points per game and 5.6 boards per game.
Kurk Lee is likely the only freshman to make an impact this season. He is a smaller guard at just 5’10, but had all-around success in high schoo,l averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 6.6 rebounds as a senior at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. Lee also has family ties to the CAA and NBA. His father, Kurk Sr., played at Towson and is sixth on the Tigers career-scoring list. After his Career at Towson, Lee went to on to play one season for the New Jersey Nets.
Missouri transfer Tramaine Isabell will have to sit out this season, but look for him to make a major impact in the 2017-2018 season after averaging 6.2 points per game and 1.7 rebounds in the SEC a season ago.
Bottom Line: There isn’t much talent on this Dragon roster. Spiker will need to work miracles with Canady, Williams, and 6’9” forward Mohamed Bah to even have a chance at cracking the top-five in the CAA. Best-case scenario is Canady turns into a superstar while Williams and Bah clean up the glass and Drexel sneaks into the top-5 in a down year for the CAA. Realistically, neither of the bigs did much last year to help Drexel’s rebounding woes and Canady hasn’t played college basketball in two years. More likely than not, Spiker’s fast paced style will be fun to watch, but expect Drexel to fight with Delaware to stay out of the CAA cellar.
By: Ravi Pandya (
Men’s Ice Hockey:
The Huskies started off their 2016-2017 campaign with a 3-1 exhibition win against Acadia at Matthews Arena. The highlights of the game included goals from Adam Gaudette, Trevor Owens, and Eric Williams, and 22 combined saves from goalkeepers Ryan Ruck and Jake Theut. Although the team is happy with the result, they are more concerned with the process at this point of the season.
“We used this game as an opportunity to get a gauge on where we are at this point in the season” said coach Jim Madigan post-game
The Huskies will travel to Hamden, Connecticut on Friday and begin the regular season against the Quinnipiac Bobcats. The teams will then have a rematch in Connecticut on Saturday.
Women’s Ice Hockey:
The Women’s Hockey team began their season with two losses to the St. Lawrence Saints on Friday and Saturday at Matthews Arena. On Friday, the Lady Huskies lost 0-5, with the Saints scoring three goals in a five-minute span and Brooke Webster tallying a hat trick . Saturday’s game was much more competitive. Although the team scored 5 goals, they ended up losing 6-5 in heartbreaking fashion, giving up the game-deciding goal with 18 seconds left in the third period.
Despite being shorthanded for half of the game due to a red card issued to Skylar Leblanc, the women’s soccer team beat UNCW 2-1 on the road on Friday behind goals from Hannah Rosenblatt and Kayla Capuzzo. The team then travelled to the College of Charleston and earned a 2-1 victory, with Mackenzie Dowd and Carly Wilhelm tallying. Goalkeeper Nathalie Nidetch finished the weekend with 11 saves. The Huskies are now 8-5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
The men’s soccer team lost 3-0 to Hofstra on Wednesday. Luke Brown scored two goals for the Pride in the contest. The Huskies were outnumbered in the shots category 15-9. On Saturday, the team travelled to Virginia to face the William & Mary Tribe. Unfortunately for the Huskies, they allowed seven goals in the contest. They are now 2-8 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
Women’s field hockey:
Northeastern’s field hockey team lost at Drexel 2-1 in overtime on Friday before beating Dartmouth at home 5-2 on Sunday. Laura Maclachlan scored the lone goal in Friday’s loss, and five different Huskies scored goals on Sunday.
Northeastern’s volleyball team beat William & Mary 3-0 on Friday and James Madison 3-1 on Sunday. They now have a 13-5 overall record and are 3-1 in conference play.
Women’s Swimming and Diving:
The Swimming and Diving team beat BU 165-135 on Saturday in their season opener. They look forward to the Northeastern tri-meet, which starts on Saturday, October 22nd.
Men’s Cross Country:
The Men’s Cross Country team finished 20th of 29 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday in Minneapolis. The Women’s team finished 28th of 24 teams in the same event.
By: PJ Wright (@PJWright34)
Last Season: 7-23 (2-16), 10th in CAA
- G Kory Holden (17.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2nd team All-CAA)
- F Maurice Jeffers (5.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
- F Marvin King-Davis (14.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3rd team All-CAA)
- G Sean Locke (0.7 ppg, 0.3 rpg)
- F Jacob Cushing (Fr., Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley)
- G Ryan Daly (Fr., Ardmore, Pa./Archbishop Carroll)
- G Alex Sorensen (Fr., Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side)
- G Darian Bryant (So., 1.2 ppg, 0.8 rpg at George Washington in 2014-15)
- F Derrick Woods (So., St. Bonaventure)
It’s hard to fathom that not too long ago, Delaware sat atop the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) as champions. After winning the 2014 CAA Tournament, the Blue Hens finished the last two campaigns 10-20 and 7-23, respectively. What was once a promising young unit is now looking up from the very cellar of the CAA as the team with the conference’s worst record in the 2015-16 season (2-16).
Going into last season, point guard Kory Holden and forward Chivarsky Corbett were both coming off CAA all-rookie honors and were the second and third highest scorers, respectively, amongst freshmen in the conference.
Holden, who led the Blue Hens in scoring and earned All-CAA 2nd team honors, transferred to South Carolina in the offseason, which will certainly put a whole in the Delaware backcourt in the upcoming year. He finished third in the league in scoring (17.7 ppg), fourth in 3-point shooting (38.8 percent), fourth in assists (4.2 apg) eighth in free-throw shooting (79.5 percent), and set a Delaware record by swishing all of his 15 free-throw attempts in an overtime loss at Towson.
Delaware also loses their second leading scorer and 3rd team All-CAA forward Marvin King-Davis to graduation. King-Davis finished the campaign with 14.8 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game.
Chemistry could play a major role in getting Delaware to trend upwards , as the Blue Hens will be returning a total of nine players from last year’s roster, including senior guard Cazmon Hayes, who will have to take on more of a leadership role in his senior season. Hayes scored 11.3 points per game on 36.5 percent shooting in 2015-16.
Another storyline going into the season is the addition of new head coach Martin Ingelsby. He comes into the program following the firing of Monte Ross, who had coached the Blue Hens for 11 seasons, accumulating a 132-184 record.
Ingelsby spent the last 13 seasons as a member of the Notre Dame coaching staff and helped guide the Irish to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. The 37-year-old began his coaching career as an assistant at Wagner College during the 2002-03 season before becoming Notre Dame’s coordinator of basketball operations. He spent six seasons in that position before being promoted to assistant coach in 2009.
Ingelsby has already gotten a chance to see a CAA foe while in the 2015 NCAA tournament, when his Fighting Irish squeaked out a narrow victory against the Northeastern Huskies 69-65 in Pittsburgh.
Delaware is returning nine of the players from last year’s 7-23 team. However, only two (Hayes, Anthony Mosley) were starters. After losing their top two scorers and bringing in a brand new head coach, the Blue Hens are about to enter a rebuilding process. What was once a promising young core is now a program that must be reconstructed from the bottom up. Expect this team to finish last in the CAA once again – or at least close to it.
By: Josh Brown
Hear what Coach Madigan and freshman defenseman Jeremy Davies had to say after the Huskies 3-1 exhibition win over Acadia on Saturday night. No. 15 Northeastern will begin the regular season Friday and Saturday night at No. 2 Quinnipiac. WRBB will have all the action both days with coverage beginning at 6:45 pm.
By: Matthew MacCormack (@m_maccormack)
Things will be a little different for Northeastern basketball this year.
Four seniors graduated, including the team’s top three scorers. David Walker is pursuing his professional career in Italy and Quincy Ford will be busy trying to help the Utah Jazz snatch a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Zach Stahl’s versatility and playmaking are gone, and you can say goodbye to any clutch threes from Caleb Donnelly.
In fact, the Huskies return less than 31% of the scoring from the team that came within seconds of upsetting eventual CAA champion UNCW in the conference semi-finals.
It’s safe to say the squad that steps on the Matthews Arena floor in Northeastern’s season opener against BU on November 11 will sport some new faces.
And of those new faces, twenty-three year old Alex Murphy might be the key to Northeastern’s season.
Murphy is a former blue chip prospect; a 6’8 forward who played two seasons at Duke before transferring to Florida in late 2013. After missing nearly all of last season with a foot injury, Murphy was granted a sixth and final year of college eligibility. Last week, Northeastern announced Murphy would spend his final year at NU, giving coach and family friend Bill Coen a new weapon to unleash on the CAA.
“Getting up here last week was exciting,” Murphy said.
“I’ve been waiting some time for this decision to be made.”
Murphy was heavily recruited out of St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts. He ultimately elected to join coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, reclassifying to enroll after his junior year.
After redshirting his first year, Murphy saw limited time in the 2012-13 season, averaging 2.1 points in 31 appearances. Playing time was hard to come by the next year, with future first round draft picks Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood ahead of Murphy on the depth chart. Halfway through the 2013-14 season, Murphy transferred to Florida, where his brother Erik starred and earned an NBA contract.
Things started to click the next year at Florida, as Murphy compiled his best season to date. The swingman carved out a role under coach Billy Donovan, averaging 5.1 points per game and earning five starts.
Unfortunately, injury struck last season. A right foot injury limited Murphy to just three games.
With one season left in college basketball, Murphy started to look around. As the season approached, the bull’s-eye tightened on Huntington Ave. The allure of linking up with Coen proved too hard to turn down.
The Murphy-Coen family connection goes back a long way. Alex’s father Jay, who also had a career in the NBA, played his college ball at Boston College, where Coen was an assistant from 1997-2006. Murphy recalls meeting Coen at BC games as a boy.
“We developed a relationship then and it’s developed over the years,” Murphy said. “That was a huge factor in my decision. Probably the number one factor.”
When the chance arose to come back up to Massachusetts and play with a family friend, Murphy jumped.
“Having the chance to come home, be near my family so they could watch me play this year, one last year in college; it was sort a no-brainer,” Murphy added.
The Coen connection helped ease the transition for Murphy, going to his third school in four years.
“I thought this was a natural option for him,” Coen said.
“In a very short period of time, he’s really been assimilated into the locker room. He’s made some really quick friendships with guys on the team.”
Murphy says seniors Jimmy Marshall and T.J. Williams have helped pull him into the fold in his first two weeks on campus. Murphy also has a connection with sophomore Jeremy Miller, a Milton, Massachusetts native who Murphy met while playing at St. Mark’s.
“He was a lanky eighth grader who’d come in and watch all of our games,” Murphy said with a laugh.
But Miller won’t have to watch Murphy this time around; the two will likely share a frontcourt for Northeastern.
Murphy describes himself as a hybrid forward, able to play both the three and the four. His unselfishness and playmaking ability could also make him an effective point-forward and second ball handler alongside Williams.
A versatile 6’8 forward with the ability to take control of an offense? That could sound like Quincy Ford to many Husky fans.
“I don’t want to step in and say I want to be the next Quincy Ford or the next whatever. I want to be my own person,” Murphy said.
“But in the terms of the role he filled, I can definitely fill that role.”
Murphy stressed his desire to build on Ford’s leadership abilities. Growing pains should be for the young Huskies; Coen will suit up three freshman alongside his four returning sophomores.
— Northeastern MBB (@GoNUmbasketball) September 30, 2016
The Huskies aren’t the most experienced team in the CAA but they just might be the biggest. Returning sophomores Miller, Sajon Ford (Quincy’s brother) and Anthony Green are all 6’10 or above.
The jury is still out on Ford and Green, but Miller’s stretch-five play style seems like a natural fit alongside Murphy.
Coen is excited with the combination of bigs.
“He can play with all those guys,” said the coach.
“He can help facilitate with those guys as well because he’s a playmaker at that position.”
Transfers have made a huge impact in the CAA over the past few years (read: Eatherton, Scott). Towson’s William Adala-Moto, a transfer from Wake Forest, and JMU’s Shakir Brown, formerly of Geroge Washington, are two to watch this season.
The lessons Murphy learned from Krzyzewski and Donovan, as well as his time with U-20 Finnish national team, should serve him well.
“He’s played for some hall of fame coaches,” Coen said.
“He can be a tremendous mentor to some of our younger players. He’s obviously played for elite teams both here and overseas.”
Murphy’s road to Northeastern hasn’t been simple. Inconsistent playing time and injuries have reared their ugly heads at time, but the 23-year-old is hoping he’s found his home.
“I’ve been through a lot,” Murphy said.
“I’ve been to two great schools and played for two great coaches and just been around a lot of great people the past five years…This is the place I can see myself finishing my college career.”
By: Josh Brown
Head Coach – Jim Madigan, 6th season
Last Season – 22-14-5 (10-8-4 in Hockey East, 6th); won Hockey East Tournament, lost in first round of NCAA Tournament
Losses – G Derick Roy,
D Logan Day, D Matt Benning, F Mike McMurtry, F Kevin Roy, F Dalen Hedges, D Colton Saucerman, F Will Messa, D Dustin Darou, D Jarrett Fennell
Newcomers – F Nick Fiorentino, D Jeremy Davies, D Ryan Shea, F John Picking, F Biagio Lerario, F Grant Jozefek, F Matt Filipe, D Garrett Cecere, G Curtis Frye
Days before the Boston Red Sox opened up the 2014 MLB season, Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy penned a line that in many ways is a microcosm of the state of Northeastern University hockey heading into the 2016-2017 campaign.
“The Red Sox at this moment are perfect,” said Shaughnessy. “They just completed a magical, worst-to-first championship season that made them darlings of New England and then they followed it up with perhaps the most tranquil and happy spring training since the sport was invented.”
The Huskies are coming off a fairytale season of their own in which they didn’t win the Beanpot or win a game in the NCAA Tournament. So what gives? Not only did Northeastern go 15-2-3 to close the regular season after starting off a dismal 1-11-2 (which included a sweep at the hands of Bentley), but the Huskies brought home the program’s first Hockey East title since 1988, entering the NCAA Tournament on a 13-game winning streak, the longest in program history. Undoubtedly sweetening the deal for many Northeastern fans was the team’s 5-4 win over Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals at the TD Garden.
So even despite their Beanpot semifinals loss to Boston University and the 6-2 beating they took from eventual NCAA Champion North Dakota in the first round of the tournament, the Huskies enter the 2016-2017 season as close to perfect as they’ve ever been in the eyes of Northeastern fans. A program previously plagued by the inability to win the big game won several.
Understandably for Huskies fans, that left many cautiously waiting for the second shoe to drop. Although the team did suffer a big loss in defenseman Matt Benning, who decided to turn pro instead of returning for his senior season, the Huskies had a relatively quiet off-season. Despite the natural speculation after a championship caliber season, assistant captain Zach Aston-Reese, who led Northeastern in points last season (43), is still a Husky. John and Nolan Stevens, who will serve as captain and assistant captain respectively after breakout seasons, are still Huskies. And along the way Jim Madigan and staff brought in what is looking like one of the best recruiting classes in all the nation.
Along with Benning the Huskies will enter the new season without a core of players – notably Mike McMurtry, Colton Saucerman, Dustin Darou, Jarrett Fennell and Dalen Hedges – who were instrumental in changing the culture of Northeastern hockey. And of course how could we forget about Kevin Roy. One of the most decorated players in Northeastern history, Roy (who ended his career 11th all-time in program history with 150 points) would have surged up the history charts even further had it not been for a slow start paired with a concussion he suffered early on in the season forcing him to miss 13 games.
Despite their early struggles Northeastern ended the year in the top half of nearly every statistic in Hockey East. They were second in goals per game (3.27), fifth in scoring defense (2.56 g/gm), they took the second least amount of penalties (8.9 per game) and the Huntington Hounds had the second best power play in all of Hockey East (23.2%). The Huskies one Achilles heel was their penalty kill, which operated at a mediocre 78.8%, but is expected to improve with the help of the incoming freshman class. For the first time since the 1993-1994 season, Northeastern had five players (Zach Aston-Reese, Nolan Stevens, John Stevens, Mike McMurtry, Adam Gaudette) finish the year with at least 30 points, four of whom are returning this season.
Along with the aforementioned returning forwards, the Huskies will look to junior Dylan Sikura and sophomore Lincoln Griffin to keep the Northeastern offense atop Hockey East. An already crowded top-12 gets even tighter with the addition of four freshman – John Picking, Biagio Lerario, Grant Jozefek and Matt Filipe – who will all find themselves competing for ice time right off the bat. Especially notable is Filipe, who was drafted 67th overall to the Carolina Hurricanes in June’s NHL Draft. A former two-time Super 8 champion with Malden Catholic, Filipe, the son of former Northeastern great Paul Filipe, played the 2015-2016 season with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders where he scored 19 goals and racked up 17 assists earning USHL All-Rookie Second Team honors. Jozefek will also be entering Huntington Ave after playing in the USHL last season, netting 21 goals and 32 assists with the Lincoln Stars, an organization that has become a breeding ground for future Huskies. Speaking of former Stars, Joefek played the last two seasons in Lincoln with Lerario who captained the team and also led the league with 167 penalty minutes.
Defensively Northeastern will counter the loss of Benning, Darou, Fennell and Saucerman with newcomers Nick Fiorentino, Jeremy Davies and Ryan Shea. Selected 121st overall to Chicago in the 2015 NHL Draft, Shea, who followed a magical three season career at Boston College High School (14 goals, 54 assists in 64 career games) with a year in the USHL, suffered a shoulder injury early last season which forced him to miss the first half for Youngston. Davies was selected 192nd overall to New Jersey this year and leaves behind a Bloomington Thunder (USHL) team where he became the all-time leading scoring defenseman, knotting 16 goals and 53 assists in 103 games over two seasons.
In net the Huskies will turn to sophomore Ryan Ruck, who won over the Northeastern faithful after a standout freshman season which saw him go 20-11-4 with a .909 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average. Looking to challenge him for ice time will be 6-foot-4 netminder Curtis Frye. Playing the last two seasons in the USPHL, Frye is accustomed to a college hockey schedule having played over 1,400 minutes in the 2015-2016 season.
Bottom Line: Let’s be blunt about it, this Northeastern team is really good. Although they’ll need some returning guys not named Zach Aston-Reese, John Stevens and Nolan Stevens to take that next step and carry some more of the load, this freshman class has the potential to be one of the best in recent Northeastern history. Expect the Huskies to be a top-five team in Hockey East and make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament regardless of if they can defend their Lamoriello trophy.
By: Joe Barbito (@barbitosfritos)
The Northeastern women’s soccer team won a thriller in extra time against Drexel on Sunday as Hannah Rosenblatt scored the golden goal on a penalty kick to win the game for the Huskies. This was Rosenblatt’s second golden goal and her third game-winner of the season.
Both teams were aggressive throughout the first 90 minutes of play. Shots were 8-8 through the first half and 8-3 favoring NU in the second. Twice the Dragons hit iron, with Vanessa Kara and Shaelyn McCarty hitting the post and crossbar late in the first half. Early in the second half it was Valentina Soares Gache who hit the crossbar with a long range shot.
Roseblatt was set up for her penalty shot when Drexel was called for a handball in the box. Her game-winner gave her the team-lead in overall goals (four) and game-winning goals (three) this season. She now has those four goals through 554 minutes of play, compared to last year when she scored just once in 592 minutes.
Sophomore keeper Nathalie Nidetch recorded three saves and her fourth shutout of the year. Northeastern improved to 2-2-1 in overtime games this season and improved their overall record to 6-5-1 (1-1-0) in conference play.
The Lady Huskies are now 6-5-0 (1-1-0 in the CAA). Things seem to be clicking for first year head coach Ashley Phillips, as the Huskies have won 3 of their last 4. Their next match is Friday on the road against UNCW.
Women’s Volleyball: Women’s volleyball took a 3-1 victory over both the University of New Hampshire and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, but fell 3-0 to the College of Charleston, snapping an eight-game win streak. They play William & Mary on Friday in Cabot.
Men’s Soccer: The Huskies fell to 2-6 on the season after dropping a 0-3 loss to UNH and a 0-4 loss to Delaware. Being shut out by Delaware marks the fourth time this season the Huskies have failed to score a goal. They will be back in action Wednesday at Parson’s against Hofstra.
Field Hockey: After dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss to Maine, the field hockey team improved to 5-2 on the season with a 3-1 victory against UNH. They will travel to Philadelphia to play Drexel this Friday.
Cross Country: The men’s and women’s cross country teams came in 20th and 28th place, respectively, this Sunday at the Roy Griak invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. The men averaged 26:25 recording 563 points and the women averaged 23:26 tallying 729 points. Their next race is the New England Championship on October 8.
By: Joe Barbito
Head Coach – Jerry York (22nd season)
Last Season – 28-8-5 (15-2-5 in Hockey East, 1st), lost in Conference Quarterfinals to Northeastern, lost in Frozen Four to Quinnipiac
Losses – D Steve Santini, F Miles Wood, F Alex Tuch, F Adam Gilmour, G Thatcher Demko, D Ian McCoshen, F Zach Sanford, D Teddy Doherty, D Travis Jeke, F Brendan Silk, F Peter McMullen
Newcomers – F Graham McPhee, F David Cotton, D Connor Moore, D Luke McInnis, F Zachary Walker, D Michael Campoli, G Joseph Woll, D Jesper Mattila, F Michael Booth, F Julias Mattila, G Ryan Edquist, F Michael Merulla, F Ron Greco
On the heels of another first place finish in Hockey East, Jerry York and the Eagles look to an early Hobey Baker favorite in Colin White and a massive freshman class to rebuild after losing seven players to professional contracts and four to graduation. Hobey Baker finalist and Mike Richter award winner Thatcher Demko highlights the departing class, who posted career bests in goals against average (1.88) save percentage (.935%) and shutouts (10). 203 points are split between the 11 forwards that have left, with Miles Wood (10-25-35), Alex Tuch (18-16-34) and Zach Sanford (13-26-39) making up the majority of those points.
Last season was another immaculate year for the Eagles, tying for first overall in the conference with Providence with 35 points. In Hockey East they had the most goals scored by their forwards, the best penalty kill percentage – made more impressive by their conference leading penalty minutes total – and the third best power play percentage. Demko put up a year for the ages, posting six shutouts in his first nine games of the season. He had 14 games of 30 or more saves, and never had a goals against average above his season ending 1.88. Ryan Fitzgerald led the team in goals (24), points (47) and shots on goal (161). Colin White (19-24-43) and Austin Cangelosi (20-17-37) also had big years for the program and look to continue their success as the most well-known names on this team.
Boston College lost a mere two conference games before the playoffs began, with those losses coming against Notre Dame and UMass Lowell. The Eagles defeated Boston University in the Beanpot final in a game that entered extra frames with a 0-0 score, the first time in Beanpot history. Securing a bye because of their top four finish, their first conference playoff action came in a series against the University of Vermont which they won two games to one. The series clincher was an overtime game winning goal from Ryan Fitzgerald. They would then face Northeastern in the Hockey East semifinals, losing in a 5-4 back-and-forth battle.
The Eagles would make the NCAA tournament, starting off the regional round by defeating Harvard handily, 4-1, and then edging out a 3-2 win over Minnesota Duluth. Their season finally came to a dramatic close with a 3-2 loss to Quinnipiac in the Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida. With a final season record of 28-8-5, Jerry York said goodbye to many of Hockey East’s top performers.
No one could predict a whopping seven early departures, with Zach Sanford delivering the gut punch in mid-July. Sanford announced his signing with the Washington Capitals, capping off a summer of goodbyes on Chestnut Hill. Add in the four players lost to graduation and this upcoming season will feature a new-look Boston College team.
Starting with their biggest departure in net, Boston College bids farewell to Thatcher Demko and is bringing in Joe Woll of the National Team Development Program, and USHL netminder Ryan Edquist. Woll will likely win the starting job because of his experience with a full college length schedule in the NTDP, and .918 sv% over Edquist’s .906 sv% this past season. However, both Woll and Edquist are ’98s, which means they are freshmen in the truest sense, which could increase the challenge for the two.
Steve Santini and Ian McCoshen are two big blue line losses hoping to be addressed by the four defensemen in this year’s recruiting class. Luke McInnis (6-22-28) and Connor Moore (7-26-33) are both from Youngstown in the USHL. Jesper Mattila (4-33-37) is a bit short (5’10”) and small (170 lbs) for a defenseman, but profiles primarily as a puck carrying offensive type. Rounding out the group is Michael Campoli (0-1-1) of the NTDP. Campoli is 6’2” and 192 lbs, much more of a stay at home defenseman than McInnis, Moore or Matilla.
The forward group is where things get sticky. Colin White and Zach Sanford were believed to be the best 1-2 center combination in Hockey East – possibly even the nation – but with the departure of Sanford question marks are abundant. Julius Mattila (21-35-56), the twin brother of Jesper, is going to be one of the biggest contributors of the class. A small but speedy forward, his playmaking skills might land him a top-six spot depending on how the roster shakes out in the preseason.
David Cotton (15-15-30), brother of former Northeastern Husky Jason Cotton, spent last season with Waterloo of the USHL. He was selected in the sixth round by the Carolina Hurricanes, and is given a lot of credit for his two-way style of play as well as his ability to play finesse or go in hard on the forecheck and use his body to make plays. After that, Graham McPhee (10-8-18) and Zach Walker (7-6-13) both come from the NTDP. McPhee and Walker have great skating ability, but lack a significant scoring touch to make them a candidate for anything other than a bottom six spot. Ron Greco, Michael Booth and Michael Merulla are bodies likely to play in event of injuries.
Bottom Line: 2016-2017 will be a trying year for the Boston College Eagles. Jerry York will be working with a very young team this year and must learn how to be competitive without many of the pieces he had to work with the past two years. Probably the most concerning event for everyone on Chestnut Hill is the realization of the “Lost Generation.” With Sanford’s departure, there are no juniors on this team. That would mean in 2018, barring walk-ons or transfers, there will be no seniors on senior night. A problem for another day, it may be an indicator of a larger problem the Eagles have retaining talent. With all of these story lines from this off-season, it will be a challenge for Boston College to repeat the success of 2015-2016.