The Boston College Eagles and Northeastern University Huskies will meet for the second straight year in the 36th Annual Women’s Beanpot Championship. Both squads met last year in the title game with the Huskies prevailing, 4-3.
Boston University and Harvard University, two squads that met in last year’s consolation match, will face-off against each other in the early contest next Tuesday, February 11.
Below are summaries from Tuesday’s semifinal contests.
No. 7 BC 4, BU 1: The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. BC’s Haley Skarupa netted two goals, one on a power play in the opening session and the other at 17:47 in the third, while Taylor Wasylk, who scored the Eagles first strike of the evening, finished with two points (one goal, one assist). BU’s Sarah LeFort registered her 22nd goal of the season in second period, but that didn’t spark a rally for the Terriers.
Northeastern 4, No. 3/5 Harvard 3: Kelly Wallace recorded two goals, while Colleen Murphy and Hayley Masters each netted one goal as the Huskies edged the Crimson. Harvard’s Mary Parker registered two goals — one in the second and one in the third — while Samantha Reber scored the team’s final goal at 15:02 in the third.
A variety of tournament hockey games occurred this afternoon and evening, and below are their summaries.
Men’s Ice Hockey:
Boston University 5, Merrimack College 3 – Ben Rosen netted the go-ahead strike for the Terriers at 5:11 in the third as BU defeated Merrimack and earned a first round series sweep. BU’s WadeMegan, who was one of three players to finish with two points, recorded two assists in the victory, while Merrimack’s Jordan Heywood recorded two assists in the setback.
Boston College 4, Vermont 1 – Johnny Gaudreau, Pat Mullane and Steven Whitney each registered one goal and one assist as the Eagles soared past the Catamounts and earned a first round sweep.
Women’s Ice Hockey:
Boston College 3, Harvard 1 –Alex Carpenter, Caitlin Walsh and Haley Skarupa each netted one goal as the Eagles defeated the Crimson in the NCAA quarterfinals. Mary Parker netted the only strike of the afternoon for Harvard, which occurred at 16:00 in the first.
Johnny Gaudreau recorded six points against the Catamounts, which helped the Eagles conclude the regular season with a win! (Photo Credit: ESPN)
By Matt Noonan
There were some important games that occurred on Saturday and below are their summaries.
Men’s Ice Hockey:
UMass 3, Merrimack College 0 – Conor Allen assisted on two of his team’s three goals, while Adam Phillips, Conor Sheary and Colin Shea each recorded one goal for the Minutemen.
UMass Lowell 4, Providence College 1 – Scott Wilson and Josh Holmstrom eachrecorded two points (one goal, one assist) as the River Hawks defeated the Friars and claimed their first Hockey East regular season crown.
Boston University 5, Northeastern University 0 – Danny O’Regan finished the contest with three points (one goal, two assists), Sahir Gill added two points (two goals) as the Terriers dominated the Huskies in Boston.
Boston College 7, Vermont 2 – Johnny Gaudreau recorded a season-best six points (two goals, four assists), Bill Arnold registered four points (two goals, two assists) as the Eagles soared past the Catamounts in Vermont.
RIT 7, American International 1 –Chris Porter was the only player to light the lamp for AIC as his shot in the third brought the Yellow Jackets within three. The Tigers responded with three additional tallies, which helped the hosts dislodge the Yellow Jackets from the first round of the Atlantic Hockey Association.
Dartmouth 4, Harvard 1 – The Big Green forced a rubber match on Sunday as the hosts one second period strike and two third period goals to beat the Crimson. Harvard’s Alex Fallstrom sliced his opponent’s lead with a goal at 8:43 in the second, but that’d be the closest the Crimson would get.
Norwich University 4, Babson College 0 –The Beavers season came to a halt as the Cadets tallied four strikes — two in the first and two in the third, which helped them defeat Babson in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.
Women’s Ice Hockey:
Boston University 4, Providence College 0 – Louise Warren netted the Terriers third and fourth goals in the second, which secured the Terriers a spot in tomorrow’s Hockey East championship. Sarah Lefort and Marie-Philip Poulin each netted a goal in the victory.
Northeastern University 4, Boston College 1 – Kendall Coyne recorded her 36th goal of the season, Casey Pickett registered her 21st as the Huskies topped the Eagles in the Hockey East semifinals.
Harvard 4, Clarkson 2 – Mary Parker recorded three points (two goals, one assist), Jillian Dempsey finished with two points (one goal, one assist) as the Crimson defeated the Golden Knights in the ECAC semifinals in Ithaca College. Harvard will face-off against Cornell University tomorrow in the conference championship at 1:00 p.m.
The Harvard University women’s ice hockey team earned back-to-back wins against Dartmouth College on Friday and Saturday, which helped the Crimson sweep the Big Green in their best-of-three series.
Lyndsey Fry netted two goals, one on the power play, while Kaitlin Spurling and Mary Parker each found the back of the net in the third to secure a 4-0 victory for the hosts.
With the win Harvard will advance to the ECAC semifinals and await a date/opponent, too. Below are highlights from their 4-0 victory, which we’ve provided below courtesy of the Harvard athletics YouTube channel.
UMass Lowell’s Bianca Simmons netted a career-best 45 points on Tuesday against Bentley. (Photo Credit: UMass Lowell Athletics)
By Matt Noonan
Another night of college basketball and hockey is in the books and below are the highlights.
Assumption College 68, AIC 63 – Ricky Hudson’s 20 points couldn’t propel the Yellow Jackets past the Hounds as Assumption concluded their regular slate with a five-point victory. Assumption’s Tim Beinert filled the stat sheet with 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and one block. The Hounds earned the second seed in the upcoming Northeast-10 Conference playoffs and will play the winner of Adelphi-Saint Rose on Sunday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Bentley 81, UMass Lowell 70 – Tyler McFarland recorded a double-double with a game-best 29 points and 14 rebounds, which helped the Falcons soar past the River Hawks. UMass Lowell’s Chad Holley finished the contest with 18 points, while Antonio Bivins recorded 13 points and 11 boards. UMass Lowell will return to the hardwood on Friday, March 1 when they host Le Moyne in the first round of the NE-10 tournament.
Merrimack College 69, Franklin Pierce 62 – JT Strickland and Mike Clifford combined for 38 points, while Troy Hammel added nine points off the bench for the Warriors.
St. A’s 70, Stonehill College 52 – Sam Markle netted a team-high 13 points, Adam Fazzini registered 12 points and Jack Cole added 10 points and eight boards, but that wasn’t enough to help the Skyhawks defeat the Hawks. With the win, St. A’s improves to 22-4 overall, 18-4 in NE-10 play. The Hawks earned the number one seed in the NE-10 playoffs and will host the winner of Le Moyne vs. UMass Lowell on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Bentley University 100, UMass Lowell 70 – Bianca Simmons netted a career-best 45 points, but that wasn’t enough as the Falcons defeated the River Hawks in Waltham and finished their third consecutive season with 25 wins. Bentley’s Courtney Finn finished with a team-high 21 points, while Kelsey Roberson and Lauren Battista each netted 18 points. The Falcons, who’re the NE-10’s top seed in the conference tournament, will return to the hardwood Sunday when they host the winner of Adelphi-AIC at 3:00 p.m., while UMass Lowell will host Franklin Pierce at the same time.
Stonehill College 57, St. A’s 47 – Asia Ewing netted a team-best 14 points, while Tori Faieta and Mary Louise Dixon each netted 12 points as the Skyhawks defeated the Hawks in New Hampshire. Stonehill will return to the court on Sunday as the number two seed and host the winner of Merrimack-Pace at 3:00 p.m.
Merrimack College 70, Franklin Pierce 50 – Kelly Schatzlein scored a team-best 16 points and pulled down 19 rebounds to help the Warriors defeat the Ravens in North Andover. Merrimack earned the 10th seed in the NE-10 tournament and will travel to Pace on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.
Men’s Ice Hockey:
Boston University 5, Merrimack College 2 – Matt Nieto notched two goals and recorded one assist as the Terriers defeated the Warriors in Boston.
UMass Lowell 4, Boston College 2 – Christian Folin and Riley Wetmore each score recorded one strike in the final stanza, which lifted the River Hawks past the Eagles in Chestnut Hill. The win marked UML’s fifth consecutive victory.
Women’s Ice Hockey:
Harvard 3, Yale 1 – Mary Parker’s shorthanded goal at 18:28 in the third secured the win for the Crimson, as well as claim a share of the Ivy League crown for the first time since 2009.