Husky Sports Update Week 10: 11/7-11/13

Senior point guard T.J. Williams (10) dropped a career high 30 points to lead NU to an 87-77 opening night victory over Boston University (Image Credit: Northeastern Athletics).
Senior point guard T.J. Williams (10) dropped a career high 30 points to lead NU to an 87-77 opening night victory over Boston University (Image Credit: Northeastern Athletics).

Northeastern opened up the much-awaited basketball season Friday with a matchup against local rival Boston University. TJ Williams scored a career-high 30 points for the Huskies in an 87-77 victory. He and Alex Murphy came up huge, combining for 50 points, with Murphy’s 20 also representing a career high. The Huskies set the tone early with a 16-point halftime lead, which proved to be too much for the Terriers to overcome.

Women’s Basketball

The Lady Huskies opened the season with a dominant showing against Boston University at home on Friday. They took control early, leading by 14 after the first quarter then proceeding to win 78-59. Jess Genco stole the show with 27 points on 9-12 shooting and 7 three-pointers.  

Two days later, Northeastern dismantled Canisius on the road, blowing out the Griffins 83-59. The Huskies outscored Canisius in all four quarters. Gabby Giacone scored a career best 18 points as well as blocking three shots, securing the win for Northeastern.

Northeastern will challenge Saint Mary’s at home on Friday, November 18 at 12 PM at the Cabot Center.

Men’s Ice Hockey

After a tie and a loss to a perennially strong Boston University squad, the Huskies looked to bounce back on Saturday at home against Notre Dame. They opened up hot, taking a 2-1 lead deep into the second period before surrendering the final four goals in a 5-2 defeat. On Sunday, Northeastern took on the Irish again in a game that was suspended after two periods.

The game was suspended after two periods in a scoreless tie after a Zamboni malfunction. The third period is intended to be made up at a later date. NU had some positives to take away from the weekend, however, as goalie Jake Theut made his first career start Sunday and stopped 22 shots without allowing a goal. The penalty kill was also strong Sunday as the Huskies held the Irish to 0-for-5 on the power play.

Head Coach Jim Madigan acknowledged the team’s third period struggles following Saturday’s game, saying that “you need to play smart for 60 minutes to win.” He called the defense to action, and they responded Sunday before the unfortunate suspension.

Northeastern (3-4-3) faces conference foe Providence on Friday, November 18 at 7 PM in Matthews Arena where they seek their first Hockey East victory.

Women’s Ice Hockey

The Lady Huskies swept conference rival Merrimack on Friday and Saturday with two 4-2 victories. They started the weekend in North Andover where they scored three goals in the third period to secure a comeback win. Northeastern spread the puck around, as four different Huskies scored and six recorded assists.

On Saturday, the Huskies notched a more convincing win where they jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second. McKenna Brand scored two early goals and netminder Brittany Bugalski saved 22 shots in a comfortable victory.

The Lady Huskies look to extend their 4-game winning streak at Vermont on Friday, November 18 at 2 PM.

Women’s Soccer

Northeastern had its NCAA tournament campaign cut short Sunday by No. 3 Clemson after a 14-7-1 regular season by the Huskies. Clemson scored a goal in the 61st minute to take the lead then they never looked back, outlasting the Huskies by a score of 1-0. Northeastern opened strong with 5 shots in the first half, but were overwhelmed in the second half by a potent Clemson offense who took 17 shots in the game.

Northeastern’s 14 wins for the season is the second most in program history, trailing only the 2014 squad who recorded 15 victories.

Women’s Volleyball

Northeastern wrapped up their volleyball season Sunday in a matchup versus CAA rival Elon. The Huskies took a tough 2-3 loss on the road after taking the first set. Despite a strong effort, the Huskies were outperformed in kills, blocks, and team assists. Northeastern had strong showings from Carmen Costa, Jamie Bredahl, and Natalie Shollin, with 13, 11, and 10 kills respectively. Kristen Walding played a strong supporting role by dishing out 43 assists.

Northeastern still finished the season a solid 20-10, despite closing on three consecutive losses.

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country

The Huskies went to the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Friday, November 11. On the men’s side, they finished 14th of over 35 Division I teams at the Bronx. They had strong efforts from both Paul Duffey and Chance Lamberth, who finished 57th and 58th respectively in a field of over 230 runners. Their times for the 10k race were an impressive 31:59 each.

The women’s team finished a respectable 17th, with an impressive performance by senior Jordan O’Dea in the 6k. She finished 34th with a time of 21:24. Senior Lucy Young also finished in the top 100 with a time of 21:58, good for 70th place.

Northeastern will compete next at the IC4A Championships on Saturday, November 19.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

The Lady Huskies are off to a strong start with a dual meet record of 4-1. Northeastern will face their next challenge at the Frank Elm Invitational, hosted by Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ. They will compete from Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20.

Men’s and Women’s Rowing

Both teams competed in the Foot of the Charles on Saturday, where the women finished second and the men finished first.

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