Hitting the ice with the ferocity and skill of their male counterparts, the No. 2 Lady Eagles took on the No. 5 ranked Huskies of Northeastern Friday night in Conte Forum’s Kelley Rink.
With a 4-2 victory, the team maintains its undefeated record.
In the past five seasons, prominence in Division I Women’s Hockey has become a tradition for the women’s hockey program here at Boston College.
The team has won an impressive 73% of its games in the past five seasons, but still looks forward for future success. A Hockey East tournament title and National Championship are well within reach for this enormously talented squad.
Just last year, the team went undefeated through 29 games. This year, the team is moving in the right direction, channeling similar momentum on the ice.
Leading the team in goals—and Division I women’s hockey for that matter—this season is veteran senior and team captain Alex Carpenter. Her uncanny ability to find the back of the net helped her knock in five goals during last year’s silver medal campaign at the Sochi Olympics.
This experience makes her all the more seasoned on the NCAA stage. While she reigns supreme over many opponents, she also holds significant prowess among her fellow Eagles. This October, in a match against the St. Lawrence Saints, Carpenter because the sixth player—male or female—to rack up 200+ points in a Boston College uniform.
But the team hasn’t had to depend solely on Carpenter’s offensive expertise. The rest of the team has combined to score 58 goals this season, compared to the 18 they have allowed.
Four other players have put up over five goals, including senior assistant captain Haley Skarupa and newcomer Makenna Newkirk. Collecting two rookie Hockey East honors so far this season, Newkirk is living proof that the success of the women’s ice hockey program at BC continues to take in new and promising talent.
Additionally, in net is a brick wall that has only allowed 18 goals on the season. Sophomore Katie Burt boasts a .952 save percentage on the year, and pulls in Hockey East honors nearly weekly.
Her authority on the goal line is only further proven when considering she has six shutouts on the season—which is, in fact, exact same talked-about number that men’s keeper Thatcher Demko has achieved so far this year. Clearly, Eagles make for talented goalkeepers, regardless of gender.
With the support of a defense that has helped the team become number one in penalty kills over the last 15 games, the entire roster makes for a menacing opponent when it hits the ice.
The latest victory over the Huskies sees the team improve to 15-0-0. Although the final score showed a two goal differential, the ladies were met with worthy adversaries in a speedy and physical Northeastern team.
The game proved to be an even match up, promising more exciting games between these Hockey East rivals as the season continues.
Senior Haley Skarupa was a standout, skating confidently through the Husky defense on several occasions. However, it was Kaliya Johnson, Meghan Grieves, and Tori Sullivan who notched goals for the Lady Eagles, Sullivan scoring twice.
The third period brought a frenzy; four goals were tallied by the two teams including two scored just seconds apart.
In the end, it was their high energy, precise stick handling, and puck control in the zone that elevated the Eagles to victory. An open-netter in the final moments sealed the win and affirmed the Eagles' dominance.
Any fan of hockey will recognize the impressive achievements of these women. Even those who watch with leisure can appreciate the spectacular skill all the players display when they take the ice. The continued growth of the program to one of the best in the country has helped Boston College achieve its role as a dominant force in all facets of NCAA hockey.
As it matures and continues to expand its influence, us students at Boston College are lucky enough to have some of the world’s best women’s hockey being played just through the doors of Conte.
With three BC Hockey women donning US jerseys in the last Olympics, it is inevitable that under the leadership of Coach Katie Crowley, we will only see that number grow.
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