Aug. 1, 2014
This summer, GoTerriers.com will once again count down the top 12 achievements of Boston University teams and student-athletes from the previous year. Check back each Tuesday and Friday as we reveal this year's Terrier Twelve.
Coming in at No. 4 in this year’s Terrier Twelve is the Boston University women’s ice hockey team winning its third straight Hockey East championship.
Despite the Terriers playing the entire 2013-14 season without seven skaters from the 2013 NCAA title game, they went on to win 20 games for the fourth consecutive season and finished second in the league standings. Needing to win the Hockey East tournament to earn its fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance, BU bested Providence, Northeastern and top-seeded Boston College en route to the conference championship.
The Terriers trailed twice in the WHEA title game before coming away with the victory over BC. Sophomore Rebecca Russo tied the game, 1-1, in the first period but BU entered the final frame facing a 2-1 deficit. Senior captain Louise Warren’s final goal as a Terrier, her career-high 27th of the season, knotted the game at 2-2. Then, freshman Maddie Elia found the back of the net to give BU its first lead of the game, one it held onto until the clock struck zero.
Senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry was spectacular in all three 3-2 playoff victories, in particular the semifinal and final wins. She stopped 42 shots in the semifinal against Northeastern before making another 40 saves in the come-from-behind triumph against BC. Sperry was selected as Hockey East Tournament MVP for the second straight season and finished her career with the program record for wins (85), goals-against average (2.23), save percentage (.922), shutouts (13) and saves (3329).
Sophomore Sarah Lefort logged one of the best individual seasons in program history, eventually being named a Second-Team All-American. She was the only skater in the nation to score 30 goals, finishing with 32. She added 23 assists to compete the campaign with 55 points. A top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, Lefort was the New England Division I Player of the Year as well as the unanimous choice as Hockey East Player of the Year.
Senior Kaleigh Fratkin also had a career year, and along with Lefort and Warren, was named a Division I New England All-Star and a Hockey East First-Team All-Star. Fratkin recorded career bests in goals (4), assists (26) and points (30) while serving as an assistant captain. Fratkin, Warren, Sperry and classmates Braly Hiller, Taylor Holze and Meghan Riggs were all part of the first senior class to win 100 games.
It was not just the stars that contributed in 2013-14, as every skater who dressed tallied at least one point. Ten different Terriers collected a game-winning goal and 11 different players posted at least 10 points. The diversity in scoring was one reason why BU finished the 2013 calendar year without a loss in league play. The Terriers won 23 straight conference contests, which is the longest win streak in Hockey East history on either the men’s or the women’s side.
BU will aim to become the first team to win five Hockey East championships next season and is expected to be one of the favorites. Nineteen returning letter winners are slated to join six newcomers on the 2014-15 roster. The Terriers will also be bolstered by the returns of seniors Marie-Philip Poulin and Shannon Doyle, who both missed all of last season. Doyle was injured while Poulin won a gold medal with Canada at the Winter Olympics.
The Terrier Twelve
No. 5 - Men's Basketball Rides Fast-Paced Offense to the NIT
No. 6 - Women's Rowing Returns to NCAAs with PL Title
No. 7 - Women's Tennis Ends Army's Reign at the Top
No. 8 - Peters Races to All-American Season
No. 9 - Men's Rowing Finishes Sixth at IRAs
No. 10 - Taffur Closes Out Great Career
No. 11 - Nasson Makes NCAA Debut
No. 12 - A New Era Begins