2020–21 Women’s Hockey East Preview: Boston University

Last Season: 24–8–4 (18–6–3, second conf.), lost to Maine in quarterfinal

Head Coach: Brian Durocher (16th season)

Preseason Poll Finish: Second

Losses: D Alexandra Calderone, F Deziray De Sousa, D Abby Cook, D Katie Shannahan, F Natasza Tarnowski, F Sammy Davis, D Breanna Scarpaci, D Abbey Stanley

Additions: F Clare O’Leary, D Andi Calderone, F Lacey Martin, D Julia Shaunessy, D Madison Cardaci, D Tamara Giaquinto, F Catherine Foulem

By Catherine Morrison

Boston University finished second last season, but was swept by the seventh place Black Bears in the semifinals. Of the four games played against Northeastern, the Terriers lost three and won one, none more crushing than the Beanpot final. After a frantic last-second goal to tie the game, the Terriers fell in overtime when Northeastern’s Lauren MacInnis slammed home a loose puck to complete Northeastern’s first Beanpot sweep since 1988.

BU’s biggest loss was three-year team captain Sammy Davis, who was selected first overall in the NWHL draft by the Boston Pride. 

But Boston University returns a stacked roster that includes forward Jesse Compher and goaltender Corinne Schroeder. Compher was recently named to the Ice Garden’s Top 25 Under 25 list and was named to the United States’ roster for the 2020 Women’s World Championship. Despite missing the first nine games of last season due to injury, she averaged just over a point per game.

Schroeder had a career-high four shutouts and was named to the conference’s second team. She was a phenom in net last season, ranking fourth in the nation in save percentage and fifth in goals against average.

Compher and Naria Elia will serve as co-captains this season, with junior Kaleigh Donnelly and senior Kristina Schuler as assistant captains. Elia had her best college season last year with 11 goals and 19 assists. The pressure will be on for Compher and Elia to guide the team in a complicated and confusing season due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Of the seven newcomers, defenseman Tamara Giaquinto looks the most promising. Giaquinto played for the Canadian team that claimed silver at the 2020 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship; she also captained her high school team her senior year. 

Bottom Line: Save for the notable departure of Davis, the Terriers are largely the same team that finished second in the conference last season. If the new co-captains can rise to the occasion, the Terriers will stand as good a chance as any Hockey East team of challenging the champs across town.


By Dale Desantis

BOSTON — It was déjà vu in the best way for the Huskies.

Twenty-four hours after Jordan Harris’ game-winner propelled the men’s team to a Beanpot championship, Lauren MacInnis, refusing to let Harris be the only #2-wearing Husky defender to sink Boston University with a double-overtime goal, ended the night.

It was the Huskies 17th Beanpot title, their first since 2013, and the first time since 1988 that both Northeastern teams held the title simultaneously.

The Huskies and Terriers had squared off three times this year, and although Tuesday night’s game had no Hockey East repercussions, the two foes were physical throughout, knowing the gravity of what was at stake. A record crowd of 1,790 at Walter Brown Arena knew it too. After the drama of the men’s game the night before, expectations were high.

BU opened the scoring early. BU’s Kristina Schuler blew by Brooke Hobson in neutral ice to dip and dunk on Aerin Frankel with unbelievable pace. The No. 9/9 Terriers were the underdogs against the No. 2/3 Huskies, so the opening goal was vital against the stout Husky defense.

It was all BU for most of the opening period as the Huskies looked flat. BU Goalie Corinne Schroeder looked comfortable in the net and defenders Abby Cook and Alex Allan were aggressive on everything coming into their zone. Finally, Northeastern caught a break in the waning minutes of the first as Chloe Aurard ripped one five-hole on a two-on-one breakaway, bringing the Huskies even.

After the break, it seemed like Northeastern would take control of the game. They started to settle the puck more, with Alina Mueller’s tremendous handling creating great opportunities. Eventually lightning struck twice, as Chloe Aurard, the eventual MVP, put away her second goal of the game and third of the tournament with 13:26 left.

Then all hell broke loose. Two minutes after Aurard’s goal, NU’s Skylar Fontaine was assessed a game misconduct after getting into it with Breanna Scarpaci in front of the net. Scarpaci was hit with a two-minute cross-checking minor, but Fontaine’s contact-to-the-head roughing penalty deprived Northeastern of its best all-around skater for the rest of the game.

After two minutes of four-on-four play, the Huskies still had three minutes of disadvantage to kill. They managed just one, as Abby Cook launched an absolute rocket from the blue line to bring the Terriers back in the game.

It looked as though the opportunity was starting to slip away from Northeastern, but as they have all season, they fought back. Late in the third period, Jess Schryver converted the Huskies’ first power-play goal of the night. Mueller’s wrister rebounded perfectly to the freshman forward as she shoved it between Schroeder’s legs to regain the lead with five minutes to play.

But as we learned on Monday night, no one raises the trophy until the final whistle blows. BU pulled its goalie around the two-minute mark, accelerating their offense. They put bodies in front of Frankel, clogging the doorstep and dumping pucks in from all angles. With only twenty-two seconds on the clock, a Nadia Mattivi slap shot trickled behind Frankel, where BU captain Sammy Davis gave it a little tap in to tie the game.

The hockey gods were laughing at Northeastern. It felt way too much like the night before. But the Huskies were about to be blessed for the second time in 24 hours. After five minutes of one overtime and 16 minutes of another, after the game had, for record and statistical purposes, ceased to count, after the only purpose was pride and glory, MacInnis stepped into the spotlight.

With Fontaine gone, head coach Dave Flint sent extra minutes MacInnis’ way. On her first power play of the season, after playing more minutes than she had all year, MacInnis fired a rebound into the back of the net and etched her name into Beanpot lore.

Flint explained that MacInnis has spent many hours in practice on the scout power play facing the team’s legendary penalty kill, and thus was prepared for the moment.

The team will now look forward to Hockey East playoffs and potentially a Frozen Four appearance at Agganis Arena in a few weeks. But for now, they can bask in the glory of a trophy that eluded several talented classes. For the first time since 2013, they are the Queens of the Beans.