After a 3-1 win against Northeastern in the Beanpot semifinals, the Boston College women’s hockey team moved to 26-0-1 on the season and secured the right to play Harvard in the finals.
After the Lady Huskies scored in the first half of the second period, the Eagles fought hard to erase a relatively small, yet formidable, deficit. Late in the middle period, senior forward Emily Field found twine with only minutes left to put the Lady Eagles up 2-1.
In the third period, BC worked relentlessly to get an edge against a resilient Northeastern team that refused to fold. The Lady Eagles’ big break came from junior forward Haley Skarupa, whose game-winning goal came with 8:30 left in the contest.
After Skarupa’s score, neither team was able to find the back of the net. With the clock ticking down, the Lady Huskies pulled sophomore goalie Chloe Desjardins. The Lady Eagles capitalized on the opportunity as sophomore forward Andie Anastos scored an empty-netter to secure a hard-fought victory.
Though the entire Northeastern team played well, goalie Chloe Desjardins was especially exceptional, standing on her head for the entirety of the game. Desjardins shut out the Lady Eagles for the first period of the game and frustrated them sufficiently for the next two. A testament to Desjardins’ unflappable goal-tending was her game total of 35 saves.
As phenomenal as Chloe Desjardins was, though, it wasn’t quite enough to lead the Lady Huskies to the seemingly insurmountable feat that no team has yet accomplished this year—defeat the Lady Eagles.
Then again, with a record of 26-0-1, what team has been able to stop BC? Not a single one. As the unanimous No.1 team in the nation, the Lady Eagles have outscored their opponents 146 to 31 throughout the season. To put that into more digestible terms, the team has averaged roughly 5.4 goals per game, while their opponents have averaged less than 1.2 goals per game.
Though they have had a couple of close calls, like a narrow 2-1 win against Quinnipiac on January 24th and another close 4-3 win against Boston University, the team has shown absolutely no signs of deceleration.
After the Beanpot finals, the BC women’s hockey team has only five games left to play before it enters the Hockey East Tournament on February 27th. After that, the NCAA Tournament begins on March 13th.
Looking forward, it’s especially difficult to pinpoint what the Lady Eagles need to do, other than to continue doing exactly what they have been doing, since they’ve been doing everything to a degree of near perfection.
The offense has been executing with the force of a freight train, the defense has been stronger than steel and the goal-tending has been lights out. The team’s chemistry is incredible. And while the team has its superstars (see: Alex Carpenter, Haley Skarupa, and Katie Burt), BC is also incredibly balanced and has had a number of players step up this year. Make no mistake—this season has been an absolute team effort.
Ultimately, this year's group has been dominant on every front. What SuperFans have seen for the entire length of the season is the best team in the country.
Looking forward, though it is nearly a month before both the Hockey East Tournament and the NCAA Tournament, the Lady Eagles appear to be a serious contender (and favorites) to make a deep playoff run.
And while plenty of things can happen—especially during playoff games, where everything is on the line and the stakes are highest—the Lady Eagles have the skill, depth and chemistry to make just about anything happen.
I certainly don’t want to jump to conclusions, but the team we saw play tonight might just be bringing home an NCAA hockey championship trophy. If the Lady Eagles keep playing the way they have, how could they not?
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