Northeastern Huskies
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Institution: Northeastern University
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
School founded: 1898
Enrollment: 27,391
Colors: Red and Black
Home Arena: Matthews Arena
Capacity: 4,666
Dimensions: 200' x 90'
Women's Team
Conference: Hockey East
Coach: Dave Flint
Conf. Championships: 1988, 1989, 1997, 2018, 2019, 2020

The women's varsity hockey program started in 1980, and under former World Hockey Association all-star goaltender Don McLeod, who was named the coach the following season and led the program for ten seasons, became the first national power in collegiate women's hockey. Starting in the 1982 season, the lady Huskies had thirteen consecutive winning seasons, including six straight seasons of twenty or more wins between 1987 and 1992.

The program's best record was in 1988, when the undefeated squad finished 26-0-1, winning its first of three ECAC women's ice hockey titles (the others coming in 1989 and 1997), at the time the effective national women's college championship. Northeastern has also been the ECAC finalist seven times, as well as winning fourteen women's Beanpot tournaments, including eight straight between 1984 and 1991. The Huskies' all-time best mark for wins was in 1997 with 27, a total equaled in 1992.

The program's career scoring leader is Hillary Witt with 113 goals and 95 assists for 208 points, while Fiona Rice is the career assists leader with 118. The single-season goal and points leader is Vicky Sunohara, with 51 goals and 78 points in 1989.

History[edit | edit source]

Katie McSorley in action with the Northeastern Huskies during the 2010-11 season

In the 2003-04 season, Chanda Gunn was in her senior season led the Huskies to eight wins. In doing so, she broke two school records: registering 56 saves in a game and twice recording 23 saves in one period. In addition, she finished the season ranked first nationally in save percentage, with a .940 mark, and tenth in the nation with a 1.94 goals-against average. [1] During the season, she was recognized twice as Hockey East Player of the Month. She ranked first in the conference in save percentage (.937) and third in goals-against average with a 2.01 GAA. During her career, Gunn was a finalists for College Hockey's Humanitarian Award, presented annually to college hockey's finest citizen, in 2003 and 2004.

Boston University’s first ever goal was scored in a game against Northeastern. It was scored by Caroline Boudreau on Oct. 7, 2005. [2] On January 8, 2010, the Huskies fell to New Hampshire by a score of 5-3 in the opening game of the Sun Life Frozen Fenway doubleheader, the first-ever outdoor women's college hockey game.[3] The Huskies held a 3-1 lead into the third period, but a four goal rally by the Wildcats earned them the win. Freshman Brittany Esposito scored two goals and senior Annie Hogan added two assists. The game was played at Fenway Park.

Arenas[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

Year by Year Record[edit | edit source]

Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Overall Record
Season GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish Conference Tournament GP W L T GF GA
1980-81 - - - - - - - - - 21 12 7 2 113 42
1981-82 - - - - - - - - - 23 11 11 1 91 102
1982-83 - - - - - - - - - 24 17 7 0 142 52
1983-84 19 15 4 0 - - 30 3rd L, SF 4-0 (New Hampshire) 23 17 6 0 140 40
ECAC Overall Record
1984-85 - - - - - - - 4th L, SF 2-1 (Providence) 24 16 7 1 136 40
1985-86 - - - - - - - 2nd or 3rd W, SF 6-2 (Providence) L, F 6-2 (New Hampshire) 24 19 4 1 141 36
1986-87 - - - - - - - 5th or 6th W, SF 2-1 (Providence_ L, F 3-2 (New Hampshire) 28 23 4 1 135 53
1987-88 - - - - - - - 1st or 2nd W, SF 6-2 (Harvard) W, F 5-3 (Providence) 27 26 0 1 139 47
1988-89 17 14 3 0 - - 28 1st W, SF 5-1 (New Hampshire) W, 4-2 (Providence) 25 22 3 0 168 36
1989-90 19 15 4 0 - - 30 3rd L, SF 9-3 (New Hampshire) 25 20 5 0 117 61
1990-91 13 9 4 0 - - 18 3rd W, SF 6-2 Providence L, F 6-1 (New Hampshire) 27 20 7 0 105 53
1991-92 14 9 3 2 - - 20 2nd L, SF 5-4 (New Hampshire) 27 20 5 2 123 58
1992-93 15 9 4 2 - - 20 5th W, QF 5-1 (Princeton) L, SF 6-5 (ot) (New Hampshire) 24 14 7 3 121 65
1993-94 11 10 1 0 - - 20 T-1st W, QF 3-1 (Harvard) W, SF 4-2 (Brown) L, F 5-2 (Providence) 28 19 6 3 122 145
1994-95 14 9 3 2 - - 20 4th L, QF 4-3 (Providence) 31 14 12 5 115 89
1995-96 16 8 5 3 - - 19 6th L, QF 3-2 (ot) (Dartmouth) 34 14 15 5 107 93
1996-97 22 16 6 0 - - 32 4th W, QF 6-2 (Dartmouth) W, SF 2-1 (Brown) W, F 3-2 (New Hampshire) 36 27 9 0 135 64
1997-98 22 17 2 3 - - 37 2nd L, QF 3-2 (Princeton) 37 26 6 5 173 65
ECAC Overall Record
1998-99 26 18 5 3 92 40 39 4th W, QF 3-0 (Providence) L, SF 5-1 (New Hamsphire) 32 22 7 3 122 51
1999-00 24 15 6 3 89 43 33 7th W, QF 4-3 (New Hampshire) L, SF 2-1 (Brown) 34 22 9 3 138 58
2000-01 24 13 10 1 76 61 27 5th L, QF 4-2 (Brown) 32 16 15 1 94 90
2001-02 21 15 5 1 61 33 31 2nd East W, QF 4-0 (Boston College) W, SF 2-0 (New Hampshire) L, F 1-0 (Providence) 35 27 7 1 107 47
Hockey East Overall Record
2002-03 15 4 10 1 24 36 9 5th Did not qualify 31 9 18 4 56 69
2003-04 20 7 9 4 35 49 18 4th L, SF 5-0 (New Hampshire) 34 13 13 8 62 77
2004-05 20 2 15 3 38 71 7 6th Did not qualify 32 3 25 4 56 132
2005-06 21 6 14 1 43 79 13 7th Did not qualify 33 8 24 1 63 119
2006-07 21 4 15 2 45 95 10 7th Did not qualify 33 5 26 2 66 154
2007-08 21 6 14 1 37 70 13 6th Did not qualify 34 7 24 3 63 120
2008-09 21 7 13 1 33 56 15 6th L, QF 2-1 (Boston University) 35 12 20 3 63 82
2009-10 21 9 6 6 45 34 24 4th L, QF 4-1 (Connecticut) 33 17 9 7 78 51
2010-11 21 6 10 5 42 48 17 5th W, QF 4-0 (Connecticut) W, SF 4-2 (Boston University) L, F 3-1 (Boston College) 37 16 13 8 91 87
2011-12 21 15 3 3 64 27 33 1st L, SF 2-0 (Providence) 33 22 7 4 104 51
2012-13 21 13 7 1 92 60 27 3rd W, QF 5-1 (Vermont) W, SF 4-1 (Boston College) L, F 5-2 (Boston University) 36 23 11 2 138 95
2013-14 21 13 6 2 66 45 28 3rd W, QF 2-1 (Connecticut) L, SF 3-2 (Boston University) 35 19 14 2 94 84
2014-15 21 11 8 2 67 63 24 3rd W, QF 2 games to 1 (Connecticut) L, SF 6-1 (Boston University) 36 14 17 5 95 104
2015-16 24 20 4 0 110 45 40 2nd W, QF 2 games to none (Providence) L, SF 4-3 (Boston University) 38 28 9 1 163 94
2016-17 24 14 8 2 75 62 30 2nd W, QF 2 games to none (Connecticut) W, SF 2-1 (Boston University) L, F 2-1 (Boston College) 37 22 12 3 112 86
2017-18 24 11 11 2 69 64 24 4th W, QF 2 games to none (New Hampshire) W, SF 2-1 (Maine) W, F 2-1 (ot) (Boston College) 39 19 17 3 107 100
2018-19 27 21 3 3 98 50 45 1st W, QF 2 games to none (Vermont) W, SF 3-2 (Providence) W, F 3-2 (ot) (Boston College) 37 27 5 5 131 75
2019-20 27 24 3 0 106 20 48 1st W, QF 2 games to none (Vermont) W, SF 3-1 (Maine) W, F 9-1 (Connecticut) 38 32 4 2 149 37
2020-21

NCAA Tournament Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship
American Women's College Hockey Alliance Championship
1998 N/A L, 3-2 (Brown) W, 4-0 (Minnesota) (3rd place game)
NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament
2016 L, 5-1 (Boston College) -- --
2018 L, 3-1 (Colgate) -- --
NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Tournament
2019 L, 3-2 (ot) (Cornell) -- --
2020 Tournament cancelled prior first round by NCAA due to COVID-19 pandemic


Year by year[edit | edit source]

Year Wins Losses Ties Coach Postseason
2008-09 12 20 3 Dave Flint
2007-08 7 24 3 Laura Schuler
2006-07 5 26 2 Laura Schuler
2005-06 8 24 1 Laura Schuler
2004-05 3 25 4 Laura Schuler
2003-04 13 13 8 Joy Woog
2002-03 9 18 4 Joy Woog
2001-02 27 7 1 Joy Woog

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Beanpot[edit | edit source]

The Huskies have qualified for the Beanpot finals on several occasions:
  • March 17, 1979: Northeastern 3, Boston College 1
  • February 24, 1980: Northeastern 7, Harvard 1
  • February 18, 1983: Northeastern 7, Harvard 1
  • February 17, 1984: Northeastern 7, Harvard 1
  • February 12, 1985: Northeastern 7, Boston College 0
  • February 11, 1986: Northeastern 7, Harvard 0
  • February 10, 1987: Northeastern 7, Harvard 1
  • February 9, 1988: Northeastern 5, Harvard 1
  • February 14, 1989: Northeastern 9, Harvard 0
  • February 13, 1990: Northeastern 3, Harvard 2
  • February 12, 1991: Northeastern 2, Harvard 1
  • February 11, 1992: Harvard 3, Northeastern 0
  • February 9, 1993: Brown 3, Northeastern 0
  • February 15, 1994: Northeastern 6, Harvard 2
  • February 14, 1995: Harvard 3, Northeastern 2
  • February 13, 1996: Northeastern 4, Boston College 3 (OT)
  • February 11, 1997: Northeastern 8, Harvard 1
  • February 10, 1998: Northeastern 5, Harvard 4
  • February 15, 2000: Harvard 4, Northeastern 3 (OT)[5]

Hilary Witt[edit | edit source]

Witt came to Northeastern University in 1996 with a strong athletic resume from Canton High School in Canton, Massachusetts. In hockey she played on the Assabet Valley Club team for four years while they won two National Championships. In her freshman year, she helped the Huskies to a 27-9 season and the 1997 ECAC Championship. Witt scored two goals, including the game winner, in the 3-2 title win over New Hampshire and as a rookie was named the tournament MVP. She led the team in scoring that season with 24 goals.

In Witt's sophomore season she led the team in scoring once again with 32 goals, and her 58 points (ranked in the nation's top 10). She was a nominee for the Patty Kazmaier Award. She was also voted All-ECAC. The team went 26-6-5 and qualified for the ECAC Tournament and the semifinals of the first ever women's hockey National Championship.

As a junior, Witt led NU with 27 goals, and was in the nation's top 10 in scoring. Once again, she was a Kazmaier nominee. The team went 25-7-3 and went onto the ECAC Tournament. Witt captained Northeastern's 1999-2000 team to a 22-9-3 season and another post-season appearance. She led NU in scoring with 30 goals for the fourth consecutive year. In terms of scoring, was in the nation's top 10, and was voted All-ECAC. Also, for the third year in a row she was a Kazmaier candidate. [6] On February 10, 2010, she was inducted into the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame. The induction honors her performance as a player for Northeastern in the annual tournament featuring the four Boston-area women's hockey teams. The ceremony was held prior to the Beanpot Championship game at Harvard's Bright Center.[7]

Notable alums[edit | edit source]

Among notable players for Northeastern have been current Canadian national team captain Vicky Sunohara; goaltender Kelly Dyer, the second woman to play professional ice hockey in North America; starting United States national team goaltender Chanda Gunn, ten-time United States national team member and Olympic gold medalist Shelley Looney, 2002 collegiate women's player of the year Brooke Whitney and multiple Olympic medalist Laura Schuler.

In addition, the following Huskies have played on the United States national team: Tina Cardinale, Jeanine Sobek, Brooke White, Kim Haman, Hillary Witt and Erika Silva. Current sophomore Florence Schelling has been the goaltender of the Switzerland national team for the past five seasons.

Olympians[edit | edit source]

Player Position Nationality Event Result
Chanda Gunn Goaltender Flag of the United States United States 2006 Winter Olympics Bronze
Stefanie Marty Forward Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2010 Winter Olympics
Karen Nystrom Forward Flag of Canada Canada 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Florence Schelling Goaltender Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2010 Winter Olympics
Laura Schuler Forward Flag of Canada Canada 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Vicky Sunohara Forward Flag of Canada Canada 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Vicky Sunohara Forward Flag of Canada Canada 2002 Winter Olympics Gold

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

  • Kim Greene, Defense, 2001-02 New England Hockey Writers Women's Division I All-Star Team
  • Chanda Gunn, 2004 Finalist for Patty Kazmaier Award[8]
  • Chanda Gunn, Top 10 Finalist for the 2002 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Awards
  • Chanda Gunn, Top 10 Finalist for the 2003 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Awards
  • Chanda Gunn, Finalist for College Hockey's Humanitarian Award (2003)
  • Chanda Gunn, Finalist for College Hockey's Humanitarian Award (2002)
  • Chanda Gunn, Goaltender, 2001-02 New England Hockey Writers Women's Division I All-Star Team[9]
  • Kristi Kehoe, 2007-08 Hockey East All-Rookie team
  • Florence Schelling, Defensive Player of the Week (Week of October 5, 2009)[10]
  • Florence Schelling, Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 12, 2009
  • Florence Schelling, Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 2, 2009
  • Florence Schelling, Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 9, 2009
  • Florence Schelling, Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for third consecutive week Nov. 16, 2009
  • Florence Schelling, Defensive Player of the Week honors Nov. 30, 2009
  • Florence Schelling – Northeastern, Bauer Goaltender of the Month, October 2009[11]
  • Florence Schelling – Northeastern, Bauer Goaltender of the Month, November 2009
  • Florence Schelling, 2010 Hockey East Co-Player of the Year[12]
  • Florence Schelling, 2010 New England Hockey Writers All-Star Team [13]
  • Florence Schelling, 2010 Women's RBK Hockey Division I All-America Second Team[14]
  • Leah Sulyma, 2007-08 Hockey East All-Rookie team
  • Leah Sulyma, Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (Week of February 8, 2010)[15]
  • Jaime Totten, 1999 American Women's College Hockey Alliance All-Americans, Second Team[16]
  • Brooke White, Forward, 2001-02 New England Hockey Writers Women's Division I All-Star Team
  • Brooke Whitney, Forward, 2001-02 New England Hockey Writers Women's Division I All-Star Team
  • Brooke Whitney, 2002 Patty Kazmaier Award winner[17]

Beanpot awards[edit | edit source]

  • Most Valuable Player award
    • 1979 Diane DerBogoshian (Northeastern)
    • 1980 Diane Sorrenti (Northeastern)
    • 1984 Stephanie Kelly (Northeastern)
    • 1985 Tracy Hill (Northeastern)
    • 1986 Nina Koyama (Northeastern)
    • 1987 Fiona Rice (Northeastern)
    • 1988 Tina Cardinale (Northeastern)
    • 1989 Vicky Sunohara (Northeastern)
    • 1990 Julie Piacentini (Northeastern)
    • 1993 Kim Haman (Northeastern)
    • 1994 Shelley Looney (Northeastern)
    • 1996 Jessica Wagner (Northeastern)
    • 1997 Stephanie Acres (Northeastern)
    • 1998 Lisa Giovanelli (Northeastern)
  • Bertagna Award (top goalie)
    • 2000 Erika Silva (Northeastern)
    • 2001 Erika Silva (Northeastern) [18]
  • Hall of Fame
    • Diane DerBoghosian (Inducted in 2008)
    • Julie Pacientini (Inducted in 2009)
    • Kathryn Waldo (Inducted in 2011)
    • Hilary Witt (Inducted in 2010)

Huskies in professional hockey[edit | edit source]

Player Team League
Brooke White-Lancette Minnesota Whitecaps WWHL
Karen Nystrom Brampton Thunder CWHL
Vicky Sunohara Brampton Thunder CWHL

References[edit | edit source]

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