Jordan Roland tallied 28
points and the Northeastern Huskies defended home court against the Maine Black
Bears, winning 78–63 on Wednesday night. Roland notched his 1,000th
career point while leading the Huskies to their second consecutive win.
Northeastern (5–4) started
slowly, committing turnovers on each of their first three possessions before a
Roland three broke the ice.
The Huskies outplayed Maine
(2–6) for most of the first half, getting scoring bursts from freshman Tyson
Walker and redshirt sophomore Jason Strong to maintain a solid margin for most
of the period. The Black Bears moved the ball well, however, keeping the game
close by beating the Northeastern defense on several backdoor cuts for easy
Northeastern coach Bill
Coen made the necessary adjustments at halftime to slow the Maine attack. The
Huskies built a double-digit lead and held it for most of the second half.
“I thought it was just
a bigger commitment to our original game plan. We did it better and with more
urgency in the second half,” Coen said.
Northeastern turned up
their defensive intensity, turning 16 Maine turnovers into 22 points. Walker
and Bolden Brace paced the team with four steals each.
Maine mounted a comeback with
around eight minutes to play, but Northeastern consistently answered, usually
thanks to Strong, Walker, or Roland, whose last two free throws put him into
the 1,000-point scoring club. The feat is remarkable considering Roland spent
his first two years coming off the bench for George Washington, scoring less than
300 points. He is now 39th on Northeastern’s all-time list.
was as reserved and humble as ever following his big performance.
“Obviously it feels good, it’s a milestone, but I feel like it’s not
something I’m super concerned with,” he said. “We’re trying to win a CAA
Championship this year and that’s the main thing that I’m really focused
Northeastern returns to
action at Matthews Arena this Saturday against Davidson, where they’ll try to
extend their winning streak to three games. Milton Posner and Mack Krell will
be on the call, with coverage beginning at 3:45 PM EST.
As Northeastern took the court against Weber State Wednesday
morning, they were fresh off a close
defeat at Drake’s hands, a defeat caused in part by 19 Northeastern
turnovers and the resulting disparity in shot attempts.
For the second day in a row, Northeastern give the ball away
19 times. But this time, they did everything else right, and walked away with a
79–69 win over the Wildcats in their third and final game in the Gulf Coast
Showcase in Estero, Florida.
Northeastern hit first, and they hit hard. Tyson Walker opened the game with a three-pointer.
When Weber State’s Cody John responded with a three, Jordan
Roland hit right back with a triple of his own. On the Huskies’ next
possession, Bolden Brace snatched an offensive rebound from the jaws of three
Wildcats. The contested fadeaway three they earned from the rebound doesn’t
seem like a bargain on its face. But when it’s Jordan Roland taking the shot,
this sort of thing can happen.
A moment later, when Shaquille Walters threaded a bounce
pass to Walker for a transition layup, Weber State was forced to call for time.
Three minutes in, Northeastern had opened an 11–3 lead.
When the teams resumed play, Northeastern decided the right
corner was looking pretty good. Brace set up shop there, Roland dished him the
rock, and Brace nailed a three, passing Chaisson Allen for sole possession of
sixth place on Northeastern’s career three-point list.
Seconds later, Roland stole the ball, pushed the pace, and
found Walters behind the line in the same spot. Good.
Next possession, same shooter, same spot. Good.
After two made free throws by Greg Eboigbodin, Brace tried a
pump-fake, sidestep three from the same spot. Same result.
After two games of tough shots, the Husky offense had
finally clicked. The ball moved without friction, passes were crisp, players
moved without the ball. Passers screened for the players they dished to and any
player who caught the ball immediately did something with it, preventing Weber
State from rotating to shooters in time. The open looks helped NU shoot 57
percent from three — including 10-for-14 in the first half — a marked
improvement from the 31 percent they shot in last two games.
Northeastern swarmed Weber State’s passing lanes, choking
their offense, forcing live ball turnovers, and generating easy transition
looks. That, plus the infrequent whistles in the first ten minutes, aided the
Huskies’ momentum and helped them jump out to a 20-point first half lead.
Then Northeastern turned the ball over five times in two
minutes, Weber State trimmed the lead to 13, and it appears as though yesterday’s
habits were returning to bite the Huskies.
But Eboigbodin and Roland had other plans. Their superb play
to close the half handed the Huskies an 18-point lead entering the locker room.
In the last three games, Eboigbodin has played more minutes
— and scored more points — than in any of the games before. Wednesday’s game
saw his best effort yet, as he logged 13 points (5–6 FG, 3–3 FT) pulled down
seven rebounds, and dished out three assists without turning the ball over once.
He showed off his agile post moves with a couple of jump hooks, finished a
nifty lob from Walker, and even drove to the basket for an and-one layup.
But his best play came a minute into
the second half. He had the ball on the wing when Brace took a free-throw line
screen and curled along the right side of the lane toward the basket. The screen
didn’t get Brace much separation and he wasn’t expecting a pass. But Eboigbodin
threw a bounce pass so perfect that Brace, who wasn’t looking, corralled it and
laid it in without a hitch.
Roland, who scored a combined 22 points
in his last two games, came alive Wednesday with a 24-point showing. Eleven of
those points came in the last four minutes of the first half, courtesy of two
three-point fouls — he made five of six free throws — and two three-point
Brace turned in his first quality
performance since his 20-point, 12-rebound showing against UMass on November
12. He picked up just two fouls — which allowed him to play 36 minutes — and
notched 18 points (7–10 FG, 4–6 3FG) and seven boards. It was just his second
double-digit scoring effort in eight games this year, and it showed how much
more efficient, well-spaced, and free-flowing the offense can be when teams
need to worry about him and throw as many bodies at Roland.
Though the stat sheet would claim Tyson Walker’s eight
points and five assists were somewhat negated by his four fouls and four turnovers,
his passing was eye-popping. He threw crisp, accurate, cross-court passes to
open shooters, demonstrating chemistry and positional awareness that would be
excellent for anyone, let alone a freshman point guard in his eighth game with
Shaq Walters, starting his sixth game this season, turned in
eight points and eight rebounds. He nailed a couple of first-half threes,
indicative of his expanded skill set and role in the offense.
After three games in three days, the Huskies (4–4) can rest for six days before their Wednesday tilt against Maine at Matthews Arena. Michael Petillo and Matt Neiser will call the game for WRBB, with coverage beginning at 6:45 PM EST.
As the game clock steadily ticked off its final seconds,
Jason Strong took charge. He took the ball out top, put his head down, and
drove down the right side of the lane. He tossed the ball with a gentle hooking
motion, and his layup settled neatly into the basket with 0.6 seconds
His teammates were frustrated. A couple of them had yelled
at Strong as he charged down the lane. Bolden Brace gestured animatedly to no
Northeastern needed a three, not a two. Strong’s layup
pulled cut the deficit to one, and there wasn’t enough time left to do anything
An execution mistake. But Northeastern’s 59–56 loss to Drake
on Tuesday afternoon didn’t stem from Strong’s mistake alone.
It began with turnovers. Both teams had 64 possessions, and
Northeastern gave the ball up on 19 of theirs. Nearly every Husky had at least one
giveaway; five players had more than two. Jordan Roland led the way with six;
Max Boursiquot — despite playing just 12 minutes before fouling out — had four.
The turnovers handed the Bulldogs a 20–7 advantage in points
off turnovers, but in a game without a ton of transition basketball, the
biggest turnover-induced hurt came elsewhere. Northeastern lost despite
outshooting Drake by 14 percent, a fact possible only because Drake attempted
59 shots to Northeastern’s 39. Northeastern’s turnovers — combined with the
Bulldogs’ 11–2 offensive rebounding margin — allowed for the gap in attempts.
Foul trouble hampered the Huskies in the first half, with Brace
and Tyson Walker both heading to the bench with two early fouls. It was the
third consecutive game in which foul trouble has limited Brace’s playing time.
Walker, who exited after just five minutes, did not return. The personnel
losses hurt a team already missing starting big man Tomas Murphy, who has
missed the last three games with an ankle injury.
Heavy Drake fouling put Northeastern in the bonus around the
halfway mark in the first half; they spent the last four minutes in the double
bonus. The Huskies turned this into an 11–4 free-throw advantage, which helped
them reclaim the lead after an 8–0 Drake run to open the game. Myles Franklin
led the way, netting five points from the charity stripe.
Roland struggled for the second straight game. Though he
enjoyed some success driving to the basket and nailed a spectacular,
standstill, fadeaway three-pointer. Drake’s constant, intense defense often
denied him the ball and crowded him on jumpshots. He made just one of six
attempts from three and lost the ball trying to burrow his way to the basket
through multiple defenders. He finished with 13 points and, for the first time
this season, ceded the title of nation’s top scorer. Delaware guard Nate
Darling now tops the list.
That said, this and-one floater was gorgeous.
Brace stayed out of foul trouble in the second half and
netted himself a milestone. His two three-pointers tied him with Chaisson Allen
for sixth place on Northeastern’s career list.
Shaq Walters played a strong first half for the Huskies,
scoring nine points and helping the Huskies to a 7–0 run and a three-point
Roman Penn and Anthony Murphy led the Bulldogs, combining
for 32 points. Penn had an inefficient shooting night but made up for it at the
foul line, while Murphy nailed six of his 11 shots and pulled down seven
Though the offensive struggles felled Northeastern, their
defense was largely solid. They rotated well to perimeter shooters, limiting
the Bulldogs to a measly 24 percent from downtown. Greg Eboigbodin played well
on the interior, contesting inside shots and picking up just two fouls, a big
improvement considering his foul troubles in the season’s first few games.
But it was ultimately in vain. The mistakes kept piling up —
errant passes, unsure ballhandling, a slew of travels and offensive fouls,
anything to end possessions without attempting a shot. The frustration came to
a head on the last play.
With Northeastern inbounding the ball down three with 11
seconds remaining, it’s possible head coach Bill Coen instructed his team to
sprint downcourt, get a quick two, and foul. It would certainly explain Strong’s
no-hesitation drive. But Myles Franklin stumbled catching an inbounds pass in
the backcourt. Though he ultimately saved the ball, it ate several precious
seconds off the clock. When Drake put the lead back up to three with a pair of free
throws, Northeastern couldn’t do anything with 0.2 seconds left.
Northeastern will play its final game of the tournament tomorrow
at 11 AM EST against the loser of the Murray State–Weber State game.
As Boston trudges inexorably toward winter, as the days end
earlier, the winds blow harder, and the temperatures drop, the Northeastern Huskies
migrated south, if only for a few days.
They flew to Fort Myers, Florida for the Gulf Coast
Showcase, an annual eight-team tournament. The Huskies’ three-day, three-game
slate is, according to head coach Bill Coen, “perfect practice” for the CAA Tournament
The Huskies — fresh off the most dominant win in program history — returned to earth, losing 74–62 to the South Alabama Jaguars Monday afternoon. The Huskies’ 62 points are a season low, and a stark departure for a team that averaged 79 points through their first five games.
Four double-digit scorers — Chad Lott, Josh Ajayi, Trhae
Mitchell, and Andre Fox — powered a balanced Jaguar scoring effort. Lott shone
among the four, netting 19 points on nine shots and pulling down seven
rebounds. Ajayi logged a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Though Mitchell scored his 14 points on an efficient nine
shots, his biggest contribution was defending Northeastern’s Jordan Roland, who
entered the game averaging an NCAA-leading 30 points per game. Mitchell hounded
Roland, denying him the ball and preventing him from developing a rhythm. When
Roland did catch the ball, he often saw two defenders jumping out at him, eating
up any space a ball screen might have bought him. Even when he looked to draw
the defenders and dish to open teammates, South Alabama’s constant pressure allowed
them to enlist an ever-ticking shot clock as a sixth defender.
Roland hit a number of difficult shots through the team’s first five games, but today’s shots were next to impossible — flailing floaters, twisting layups, long threes, almost always tightly contested by one or two Jaguars. Many of them missed the rim entirely. A frustrated Roland finished with nine points on 3-for-13 shooting. He still leads college basketball in scoring, beating out fellow CAA guard Nate Darling (Delaware) by four tenths of a point.
Despite his struggles, Roland still notched the game’s two
biggest highlights. The first came with five minutes remaining in the first
half, when he stole the ball, drove downcourt, and hacked it through over Lott.
The next came about halfway through the second half, when he
splashed a no-rhythm thirty-footer from out top.
The Huskies struggled to control the ball, yielding 23
points to the Jaguars on 16 turnovers. South Alabama’s inside dominance is
slightly apparent in their six-point advantage in the paint, but becomes
clearer with their 18–8 advantage in made free throws. The higher-quality shots
they earned inside allowed them to outshoot the Huskies from the floor by 13
Bolden Brace, who would normally shore up these deficiencies
for the Huskies, was scoreless in just 17 minutes on the floor, as early fouls
sent him to bench for the second straight game. He fouled out with a minute
left in the game after attempting two shots.
There were some encouraging signs for Northeastern, as the
intense pressure on Roland forced younger players to step up on offense.
Freshman guard Tyson Walker and sophomore big man Greg Eboigbodin had their
best games of the young season. Walker — who, earlier in the day, was named CAA
Rookie of the Week for the second time this season — dropped 20 points (8–13
FG, 2–3 3FG) and four assists in 29 minutes, assailing the Jaguars with jabstep
jumpers and dashing drives.
Eboigbodin set season highs in points
(12) and rebounds (9). His best play of the night came a minute into the second
half, when he threw down a two-handed dunk. Three seconds later, the lights in
the arena went out, leaving both squads to strategize and shoot around in the
dark for about 15 minutes while building personnel scrambled to address the
malfunction. Broadcasters cited a malfunction of the computer that controls the
lights; Husky fans might jokingly argue otherwise.
Myles Franklin poured in eight quick points to key the Huskies’ first-half comeback, but went silent for the rest of the contest. Despite a second-half stretch where every bucket changed the lead, it was ultimately a game of runs. South Alabama forged a 15–2 in the first half; Northeastern answered it to take a one-point halftime lead. South Alabama made a run late in the second half; Northeastern had no answer. An eight-point lead became a 12-point lead through desperate intentional fouling down the stretch.
The Huskies (3–3) move to the left side of the bracket, the Jaguars (4–2) to the right. The Huskies face the Drake Bulldogs tomorrow at 11 AM EST.
Northeastern needed a comeback
after entering the third period down 2–1, but goals from Neil Shea and Zach
Solow allowed them to fend off Maine Saturday night at Matthews Arena. The 3–2 win
gave the Huskies a weekend sweep over Maine; the women’s
team beat Maine earlier in the day and will face them again tomorrow.
“It wasn’t our greatest game, and I didn’t think our execution was great,” said Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan. “But going into the third we knew we could play one good third period and win the game and that speaks to character.”
For a while, Northeastern
seemed to be in full control. For more than half the game, Jayden Struble’s
first collegiate goal kept them in front.
With 3:33 to go in the
second period, that all changed. Mitch Fossier, who led Maine in scoring last
year and captains this year’s squad, wheeled around the offensive zone and fired
a last-ditch shot at Huskies goalie Craig Pantano. With players obscuring
Pantano’s view, the shot slide through to tie the game at one.
About 70 seconds later, an Aidan
McDonough hooking penalty gave the Black Bears a power play. Just 14
seconds after that, Pantano couldn’t corral the rebound off a Fossier shot, and
Maine’s Adam Dawe capitalized to give the Black Bears a 2–1 lead. What had
seemed like a sure Northeastern victory was slipping away.
But Northeastern responded.
Four minutes into the third period, Neil Shea controlled the puck behind the
Maine net and, despite the horrendous angle, threw the puck off the back of
Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman and into the net, becoming the second Husky to
score his first career goal.
“Freshman are finding their
way through the season,” said Madigan. “All our freshmen are getting
better. It’s nice for all our freshman just to get that first one. You remember
that first goal; it’s part of your memory bank for the rest of your life.”
Northeastern got some
chances on a Dawe penalty seven minutes into the period, but didn’t convert its
With around six minutes
remaining, Maine’s potent offensive duo of Fossier and Eduards Tralmaks had a
chance to steal the game for Maine. Tralmaks led Fosser for a give and go;
Fosser gave it back to Tralmaks who broke in alone as Struble was down on the
ice. Tralmaks tried to deke it over to his backhand, but Pantano robbed Maine’s
“He’s been great all year,” said Madigan of Pantano. “He gives us a chance to win every single night. We expect it out of him. Craig bailed us out when we needed it and played really well.
With 4:13 remaining, a strong Northeastern attack bore fruit when senior defender Ryan Shea deked his way around several Maine players. Shea found fellow senior Zach Solow in front of the net, and Solow one-timed the shot past Swayman for his fourth goal of the season.
“We had a good offensive zone shift there,” said Solow. “It was a great individual effort by Shea. He beat his guy, I got lost and he put it right on my tape.”
Despite a Northeastern penalty for too many men on the ice, the Black Bears couldn’t answer. The game ended 3–2.
Northeastern outshot Maine 41–28, including 14–8 advantages in both the first and third periods. Pantano had 26 saves for Northeastern and Swayman had 38 for Maine.
5–3–1 HEA) has won their last
three contests; Maine (7–5–2, 4–4–2 HEA) has
lost their last two. The Huskies will head to Belfast, Northern Ireland for the
Friendship Four. They’ll face New Hampshire on Friday and either Colgate or
Princeton on Saturday.
puck drop Saturday afternoon against Maine, the women’s hockey team celebrated
head coach Dave Flint, who recently passed Don MacLeod to become the winningest
coach in program history. The team’s stellar play this season has put Flint’s win
total up to 213.
really grateful for all the great kids I’ve worked with,” Flint said. “And all
the athletes I’ve coached.
two hours after the pregame ceremony, Flint had his 214th.
stayed in controlled the first period, tripling Maine’s shot total. But things
looked dicey 11 minutes in when Maine crowded the goal and fired three back-to-back
shots, but they couldn’t get past the incredible Aerin Frankel.
goaltender, Carly Jackson, also held down the fort for the Black Bears with
some incredible saves. However, eventually one shot had to get through, and
that chance came when Northeastern’s Alina Mueller came around from the back of
the goal and passed to Skylar Fontaine, who bounced the puck over the goalie to
get one on the board.
Aurard also received an assist. Both Mueller and Aurard tried to add goals of
their own, and came close, but Mueller’s shot hit the pipe and Aurard’s was
blocked by Jackson.
second period started with a great glove save by Frankel when Tereza Vanisova
tried to shoot it in. Northeastern struggled to keep control of the puck,
shooting nine fewer shots on goal than they had in the first. With just under
ten minutes left, Maine’s Ali Beltz broke away after Ida Kuoppala passed the
puck to her and streaked down the rink. Beltz dished to Celine Tedenby who was
standing next to the goalpost, and Tedenby knocked it in.
looked visibly disappointed after the goal, shaking her head. Five minutes
left, Northeastern had a chance to break the tie when Vanisova was called for
roughing, but the Huskies couldn’t convert on the power play.
minutes into the third period, Northeastern’s Brooke Hobson was called for
holding, starting a power play for Maine. The five-on-three didn’t last long,
as thirty seconds later Maine’s Amalie Anderson was penalized for roughing.
Northeastern couldn’t capitalize on their incoming power play either after
Mueller was sent to the penalty box for interference. Maine’s Ebba Strandberg
tried for a penalty goal, but Frankel caught it with her glove.
nine minutes left in the game, Hobson broke away and shot from the blue line. Jackson
had blocked the shot, but Knoll was there to hit the puck in, giving
Northeastern a one-goal lead.
asked about the goal after the game, Knoll replied “I was able to jam in a
loose puck in front of the net . . . thankfully it was still loose in front of
the crease and I was able to jam it in.”
Maine almost took it back when Maine’s Ally Johnson slid into Frankel, pushing the entire goal back, but Frankel batted the puck away. Johnson received a penalty for goaltender interference, Maine couldn’t tie the game on the penalty kill, and the game ended with a 2–1 Huskies’ win.
Northeastern sits in second place in the Hockey East standings; the only team ahead of them is Boston College, which has played three more conference games than the Huskies have. It was the second time this season that Northeastern (12–1, 9–1 HEAW) has beat Maine (5–6–2, 3–5–1 HEAW). The Huskies will look to extend their winning streak to eight games tomorrow afternoon when the two teams square off for the third and final time this season.
The Northeastern Huskies
got off to a blistering start Friday night, jumping to a two–zip lead less than
six minutes into their tilt with the Maine Black Bears.
Coach Jim Madigan’s forwards
led the way for the Huskies (7–4–2, 4–3–1 HEA), who now sit in fifth place in
the Hockey East standings, one point behind the Black Bears (7–4–3, 4–3–2) who
are in a three-way tie for second.
The first two goals of the
night, courtesy of sophomore sensation Tyler Madden, were followed up by a
rebound strike from Maine forward Eduards Tralmaks 11 minutes in, leaving the
Huskies with a one-goal lead heading into the first intermission.
In the second, the Huskies
extended their advantage when forward Zach Solow rang a tipped shot off the
crossbar before batting it out of the air past Black Bear netminder Jeremy
Solow’s power play tally
was followed by Madden’s third goal of the game. The Deerfield Beach, Fla.
native took a feed from junior forward Grant Jozefek and used his quick hands
to blast it past a shell-shocked Swayman.
“Obviously it’s awesome,”
said Madden on scoring his first-ever Husky hat trick. “What’s important is
that we came out of the game with two points and we’re going to try to get two
Ben Poisson got one back
for the Black Bears on an odd-man rush, sniping one above the shoulder of a
helpless Craig Pantano.
But when freshman Aidan McDonough capitalized on the man-advantage a minute into the third period, the game felt out of reach for Maine coach Red Gendron’s squad. Two costly penalties in the last 10 minutes of the game scuttled any chance of a dramatic Maine comeback.
“We were not the best
version of ourselves tonight,” said a frustrated Gendron after the game. “They
played the type of game they succeed with, but that wasn’t the best we can
The Huskies netted a
comfortable 5–2 win in front of an enthusiastic crowd, but won’t have much time
to rest on their laurels. The two teams will battle again Saturday night. Matt
Cunha and Adam Doucette will call the game from Matthews Arena, with coverage beginning
at 6:45 EST.
WORCESTER, MA — From 1096 to 1271, the Roman
Catholic Church waged a series of wars against Muslim powers in the eastern
Mediterranean. Though the Crusades arguably increased Christianity’s reach, the
Church’s wealth, and the Pope’s power, the Crusaders repeatedly failed in their
main goal of retaking the Holy Land.
Tuesday night, in a conflict with far lesser stakes, the Northeastern Huskies
rode into Worcester to battle the Holy Cross Crusaders on the basketball court.
The modern Crusaders fared even worse than their namesake.
years of men’s basketball, Northeastern has never dominated like they did Tuesday
night. It was overwhelming. It was absurd. It was borderline unfair. They
eviscerated Holy Cross 101–44.
57-point margin of victory eclipsed the previous record of 56 set against Connecticut
in 1946 and equaled against Suffolk in 1984. It is the second school scoring
record the Huskies have broken in their last four games, with Jordan Roland’s
42-point masterpiece against Harvard on November 8 setting a new individual
Cross got the scoring going with a free throw two minutes in. It was their only
lead of the night, and it lasted for 15 seconds.
first field goal was a three-pointer five minutes in. It would be their last bucket
from downtown for 35 minutes.
Northeastern turned the first half into an unmitigated farce. They clogged the passing lanes, poked the ball away from incautious ballhandlers, and reaped the benefits with easy transition buckets down the other end. They pushed the pace on almost every possession whether they had stolen the ball or not, as they recognized early that the Crusaders couldn’t keep pace.
Roland, the nation’s leading scorer entering the game, played perhaps his best
basketball of the season in the first half. He dropped 21 points on 8-for-9
shooting and made all five of his threes. Almost every perimeter shot he took was
tightly contested, fading away, or both. He was in such a rhythm that he almost
shot from 30 feet while bringing the ball up. When a hard close forced him to
shovel the ball to a teammate, his wide grin matched the feeling he and every
fan in the arena had: it probably would have gone in.
Roland didn’t have as dominant a second half — he played just 27 minutes all
game in light of the Huskies’ enormous lead — he did hit the most unbelievable
shot in a game full of them. After a hesitation move forced his defender to run
into him near the foul line, Roland chucked the ball up. He was nearly parallel
to the floor, shooting with an awkward flailing motion, only because he thought
a foul would be called.
but Roland made it anyway. He finished with 28 points on 11-for-13 shooting,
including 6-of-7 from downtown. When he left the game for good with 12 minutes
remaining in the second half, he was one point shy of outscoring the Crusaders
is the centerpiece,” Northeastern head coach Bill Coen remarked. “I’m actually
shocked when he misses.”
Roland wasn’t dominating, Jason Strong was. The seldom-used forward contributed
17 minutes on a night when regular starting big man Tomas Murphy sat with an
ankle injury (Coen doesn’t expect the injury will sideline Murphy for long).
Strong nailed seven of his eight shots — including all four threes — and
finished with a career-high 18 points and six rebounds. His textbook, upright
shooting form was on full display.
think he’s been a little bit frustrated at times early on,” Coen said of
Strong. “But he attacked practice this week. That’s the type of player he can
be. He might be our second-best shooter [after Roland].”
Northeastern had opened up a 63–23 lead. Coen typically waits to empty his
bench until the closing minutes of a blowout, when his lead is secure beyond
any reasonable doubt. By the end of the first half, all 11 Huskies that dressed
to play had seen the court. Strong, Quirin Emanga, Vito Cubrilo, and Guilien
Smith — who entered tonight’s contest with a combined 13 minutes of playing
time this season — played 53 combined minutes tonight.
an opportunity for us to go deeper in the bench,” Coen observed. “We’re going
to need that later on in the season, certainly in the tournament down in
shot a ludicrous 71 percent from the floor — and 75 percent from three — in the
first half. Some of the threes were difficult, contested shots that went in
anyway, but many of them were open shots earned through crisp passing, strong ball
screens, movement off the ball, and a nearly constant transition pace.
you’re catching the ball in rhythm, [you get] much better shots,” Coen said. “We
shared the ball at a high level tonight, and I think that set the tone. That
type of passing got contagious, and then the basket got real big for us.”
42–24 rebounding edge makes sense in light of Holy Cross’s abysmal shooting (17–57
FG, 2–27 3FG). It’s easier to get rebounds when the other team is bricking most
of their shots. But Northeastern’s 11–9 offensive rebounding edge is nothing
short of remarkable considering they had so few opportunities to get them. Greg
Eboigbodin led the rebounding with eight, followed by Strong’s six. Emanga and Shaq
Walters both registered five-point, five-rebound games.
scored six efficient points, but his biggest contribution was his defense. He
played a season-high 25 minutes and committed one foul, a season low. His coverage
on Holy Cross’s ball screens — stepping up on good shooters, dropping back to
contain drivers, and hedging when appropriate — defended Northeastern’s
interior territory against the Crusaders and helped the Huskies build and
Walker, Myles Franklin, and Max Boursiqout all finished in double figures.
Walker stood out, earning 15 points with a series of drives.
shooting and rebounding, Northeastern won the battle of assists (23–7), steals
(13–7), fastbreak points (21–6), points in the paint (38–22), and points off
turnovers (24–6), among others. There were no individual bright spots for the
Crusaders; their four leading scorers combined for just 32 points and all of
them missed more shots than they made. Leading scorer Drew Lowder missed all
six of his three-point attempts in Holy Cross’s biggest home loss since they
started playing at the Hart Center in 1975.
The win bumped Northeastern to
3–2 on the year; the Crusaders are winless in four games. Northeastern will fly
to Fort Myers, Florida for the Gulf Coast Showcase, where they begin play
against South Alabama Monday at 11 AM ET.
Even though Northeastern entered
the game on a two-game skid, and even without the hot-handed Tomas Murphy, the
Huskies were expected to handle Holy Cross. They were not expected to bludgeon
them to this degree, in this manner.
The first half was a wonder,
when any Northeastern player could cast up a contested three with everyone in
the building assuming it would fall. The hot shooting, mixed with the volume of
turnovers the Husky defense forced, made it seem as though Northeastern was
making more shots than Holy Cross was taking. The game was a fastbreak and the
Huskies were running it.
It wasn’t suspenseful. It wasn’t
competitive. It bordered on being a joke. But, especially for the first 20
minutes, it was a sight to behold.
4 Northeastern faced its biggest opponent yet Tuesday night when they visited
No. 6 Boston College. Northeastern was coming off of a win against New
Hampshire, BC off a win over Boston University. The two rivals battled, but
Northeastern came on top 3-0.
The first period started slow, but with
13:12 left in the first period, NU’s Matti Hartman gained control of the puck
and dished to Chloe Aurard, who sent it to Alina Mueller. Mueller raced down
the ice and shot into the left side of the goal to put the Huskies on the board.
A few minutes later, another Mueller
attempt missed wide. BC’s Erin Connolly charged after Mueller, lost her balance,
and slid ribs-first into the goalpost; she was fine after a few moments on the
Northeastern goalie Aerin Frankel held strong
the whole game, saving 31 shots. With 4:30 remaining in the first, the lost her
glove and stick and still held the Eagles at bay. Shortly after, she stretched
out onto the ice to deflect a shot from BC’s Kelly Browne.
The second period was a puck-control
battle devoid of power plays. BC edged Northeastern with a 14–10 shots-on-goal
margin, but they couldn’t beat Frankel. When Lindsay Agnew sent an airborne
shot toward the goal, Frankel caught it. Hadley Hartmetz and Savannah Norcross
tried to fire one by her; Frankel stopped them both with glove saves. The only
time BC came close to scoring was a Hannah Bilka shot off the pipe.
After ten minutes of back and forth in
the third, Northeastern regained their momentum. Aurard slid the puck across
the goal to Skylar Fontaine, who cleaned it up.
After Fontaine just missed a second goal
a minute later, BC’s Cayla Barnes and NU’s Jess Schryver collided near the wall.
Barnes remained on the ice and ended up exiting the game.
With five minutes left, Aurard joined the
scoring when Mueller passed to her on the power play.
After the game, Northeastern coach Dave Flint remarked that BC was Northeastern’s biggest test so far this season. Chloe Aurard agreed, saying it felt good to beat one of their biggest rivals.
The win moved the Huskies to 11–1 (8–1 HEAW) and dropped the Eagles to 10–2–1 (9–2–1 HEAW). Northeastern looks to keep their six-game winning streak going on Saturday against the Maine Black Bears.
BOSTON —Providence coach Nate Leaman summed up tonight’s game the only way
he could: “We got our butts kicked. That’s my opening statement.”
had been three years since the Huskies had last beaten Providence, and it
looked like that streak would continue tonight. After falling to the Friars in
Providence last night, 3–2, Northeastern knew it had to pull off a win at
Matthews Arena, especially given the muddled landscape of Hockey East early
night I thought that we weren’t physical; we let Providence dictate
the game and their space, and we didn’t respond,” Northeastern head coach
Jim Madigan said after the game. “One of the things we said here tonight,
‘let’s punch them in the mouth before they punch us in the mouth,’ because they
are a heavy, hard team to play against, and I thought we were a little too
passive last night.”
O’Neill got the scoring going for the Friars 17 minutes into the first period
with a weak attempt that slid underneath Northeastern netminder Craig Pantano.
The Providence lead did not last long, as just 38 seconds later, freshman
defenseman Mike Kesselring netted his first collegiate goal to level the score
at one. After a nice juke from the blue line, Kesselring slid a shot through
the legs of Providence goalie Michael Lackey. Madigan praised the goal after
the game, saying “I liked how we responded immediately after that first goal.
It was important to make sure they didn’t get too comfortable.”
the first-period stalemate, the Huskies came alive in the second frame, putting
together their best period of the season. Grant Jozefek began the period by
finishing off an excellent feed from sophomore defenseman Jordan Harris.
was not done yet, as a minute later he fired a power-play shot from the blue
line past Lackey to give the Huskies a two-goal lead.
forward Matt Filipe extended the Husky lead to 4–1 soon after with an
impressive breakaway finish off a neutral-zone feed from freshman defenseman
Jayden Struble. The goal forced Lackey out of the game, as Leaman let junior
goalie Gabe Mollot-Hill finish the game for Providence.
got one back toward the end of the second frame with a Patrick Moynihan goal,
but the Huskies didn’t panic. With two minutes remaining in the period, freshman
defender Jeremie Bucheler put away his own blue-line shot for his first goal of
the season, giving the Huskies a 5–2 lead. Northeastern scored four
second-period goals, more than they’ve scored in all but one of their 11 games this
rebounded nicely to begin the final period, pulling within two goals after a
nice finish from forward Vimal Sukumaran. The Friars pushed forward during the
first ten minutes of the frame and got two power play chances to bring the game
within one goal. Despite numerous close calls, Northeastern killed off both
power play chances. The second penalty kill of the final period turned out to
be the difference, as the Providence players were visibly deflated after failing
to cut the lead to one.
Northeastern continued its physical play for the final ten minutes, eventually earning a 7–3 win after empty-net goals from Tyler Madden (his eighth of the year) and Filipe (his second of the game and third point on the night).
entire penalty kill unit was tonight’s MVP. The Huskies killed all four
Providence power plays, including two in the third period.
worked on that a lot in practice, and we’ve tried to build our identity on the
penalty kill,” Filipe remarked. “We have a lot of guys who want to be out there
on the kill, and it’s nice to be able to rotate guys throughout.” Filipe also
complimented Pantano, who had two nice games this weekend.
was a big night for Northeastern’s impressive freshman class, with two defensemen
getting their first goals of the season and two more adding assists. Madigan
noted that “[Struble, Bucheler, and Kesselring] have been incredible recently. [Providence]
are a heavy team, and they’re a fast team, so we knew that some of our younger
guys would have to step up.”
Huskies also got important contributions from a significant second year player.
In addition to his goal and assist, Jordan Harris made several key defensive
plays, logging the best game of his career in arguably the Huskies’ most
important early-season contest. Harris
was key to stopping Providence’s Jack Dugan, the nation’s points leader. When
asked about Dugan after the game, Madigan explained, “He’s such a good
player, and they use him a lot. He’s coming over the boards, [it seems like]
every shift there, and then with the TV timeouts you can really use that to
your advantage. It’s kind of like how we used Gaudette and Sikura a couple
win boosted the Huskies to 6–4–2 (3–3–1 HEA) and sets the team up nicely for
next weekend’s home series against Maine. WRBB will cover both contests,
starting with Friday night’s game at Matthews Arena.
Jonathan Golbert and Mack Krell will call the action, with coverage starting at
6:45 PM ET.