One and done


Spring is here, winter is over, and so is hockey.

The BC men’s team, seeded #3 in the East Regional of the NCAA tournament, fell to #2 seed Denver, 5-2, Saturday.

The Eagles finished with a 21-14-3 overall record, and, in a break from long tradition, no tournament trophies. No Beanpot, no Hockey East regular season or tournament crown, no NCAA Frozen Four or championship. It is a statement about what is expected from BC hockey that only making the national tournament is not considered a particularly good season.

Spring sports — lacrosse, baseball, softball — are underway, sometimes facing weather difficulties, of course. The #2 women’s lacrosse team lost its first of the year to Virginia Saturday, but is one of the nation’s best teams. Baseball swept Duke last weekend but is at 11-13, and softball is at 15-13.

Results on the sports page will be updated soon.

Great season, but disappointing end


The BC women’s hockey team finished with 34 victories this season, more than any other team in the country, but, more significantly, zero championships. Despite an excellent season overall, and two outstanding national awards for individuals, the Eagles would have liked even more to have earned the Beanpot, Hockey East championship, and the national crown.

Harvard, which had lost to BC 10-2 in November but beat the Eagles for the Beanpot 3-2, ended the Eagles’ season with a 2-1 victory Friday in the semifinals of the national championship. BC outshot Harvard, 44-21, including 18-9 in the final period, but the Harvard goalie stopped all but one.

BC started the season with a 28-game unbeaten streak, reaching #1 in the country, before  losing for the first time, to Harvard in the Beanpot. The Eagles finished 34-3-2, and 21-0-1 in the regular Hockey East season.

National player and coach of the year

Alex Carpenter

Alex Carpenter

Junior forward Alex Carpenter, the nation’s leading scorer, won the Patty Kazmaier Award, presented to the nation’s best women’s college hockey player in Division I. Her 81 points (37 goals, 44 assists) in the highest point total in Division I, women or men.

Carpenter, from North Reading, Mass., didn’t play with the Eagles last season as she was on the US national women’s team that took the Silver Medal in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. She was also named Hockey East Player of the Year this season.

BC Coach Katie King Crowley was named American Hockey Coaches’ Association “coach of the year” for women’s college hockey in 2014-15.

Carpenter and teammate Emily Pfalzer, a senior defenseman, were named first team all-America.

A new powerhouse


Joining the nationally ranked women’s soccer and hockey teams is the latest BC powerhouse — the women’s lacrosse team, ranked #3 in the nation. The Eagles ran their record to 6-0 with a 15-6 drubbing of #16 Notre Dame last week. Only Maryland and North Carolina are ranked ahead of BC.