Northeastern Huskies

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Northeastern Huskies
Logo
University Northeastern University
Conferences Colonial Athletic Association
Hockey East
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Peter Roby
Location Boston, MA
Varsity teams 17
Basketball arena Matthews Arena
Ice hockey arena Matthews Arena
Baseball stadium Friedman Diamond
Soccer stadium Parsons Field
Natatorium Barletta_Natatorium
Other arenas Cabot Center
Mascot Paws
Nickname Huskies
Fight song All Hail Northeastern
Colors
     Northeastern Red       Black
Homepage GoNU

The Northeastern University Huskies are the athletic teams representing Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. They compete in thirteen varsity team sports: men's and women's hockey (in Hockey East); men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's field hockey and volleyball, swimming, and men's and women's soccer (in the Colonial Athletic Association), and men's and women's rowing, track and cross-country.

The NU mascot is Paws. The school colors are red and black with white trim. The fight song, "All Hail, Northeastern," was composed by Charles A. Pethybridge, Class of 1932.

While Northeastern has won numerous conference championships there has only been one man ever crowned NCAA Champion. Boris Djerassi won the 1975 NCAA Championship in the hammer throw.

Principal athletic facilities include Matthews Arena, the world's oldest indoor ice hockey arena (capacity: 4,666 for hockey, 5,250 for basketball), Parsons Field (3,000 for baseball), Cabot Center (1,800 for basketball and volleyball), Barletta Natatorium (500), the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center (3,500) and the Henderson Boathouse.

Varsity Sports[edit]

The Northeastern University Athletic Department sponsors the following sports:

Hockey[edit]

Men's hockey[edit]

Alternate Northeastern Huskies logo

The men's ice hockey program has existed since 1929 and played as an independent NCAA Division I team until joining the ECAC in 1961. Northeastern is a founding member of the Hockey East athletic conference, which the team joined in 1984. The Huskies' men's hockey team has generally met with mediocre success. The Huskies had their most success in the 1980s, when the team won the prestigious Beanpot tournament four times (the only times Northeastern has captured the Beanpot) and was the runner-up twice. Its best season came in 1982, when the Huskies finished 25-9-2 and made it to the NCAA Frozen Four. They also won the Hockey East championship in 1988, and made appearances in the NCAA hockey tournament in 1988, 1994, and 2009.

The program's most notable coach was ex-Boston Bruin and Hockey Hall of Famer Fern Flaman, who was the head coach between 1970 and 1989. The team's current coach is Jim Madigan, a Northeastern alumni who was part of the Beanpot championship teams from 1983-1985. Madigan succeeded former New York Islanders' farm system coach Greg Cronin, who coached the Huskies from 2005-2011 and finished with a record of 84-104-29, before moving on to become assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. His best season on St. Botolph Street was the 2008-09 season, when the Huskies had their best record in a generation, finishing 25-12-4 and making the NCAA tournament, as well as being ranked at one point during the season 2nd in the nation, Northeastern's highest national ranking ever in any men's team sport.

Northeastern players who have gone on to significant professional hockey careers have included David Poile '71, long time general manager of the NHL Washington Capitals and current general manager of the NHL Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues goaltender and two-time All-American Bruce Racine '88, NHL defenseman Dan McGillis, Montreal Canadiens winger Chris Nilan, and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and Hobey Baker Award finalist Jim Fahey '02. Michael Ryan '02 is currently a forward for Assat in the Finnish League. Joe Vitale '09 is currently a forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goalie and Hobey Baker Award finalist Brad Thiessen '09. Jamie Oleksiak '11 was drafted in the 1st round 14th overall by the Dallas Stars (the highest any Husky has ever been drafted), and currently plays for the Stars.

Women's hockey[edit]

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 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.

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, and Swiss national team goaltender and 2012 First-Team All-American Florence Schelling.

In addition, the following Huskies have played on the United States national team: Tina Cardinale, Jeanine Sobek, Brooke White-Lancette, Kim Haman, Hillary Witt and Erika Silva.

Basketball[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

Northeastern is currently a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, having moved to the CAA in 2005 after many years in the America East Conference. The current men's basketball coach is Bill Coen.

For major violations, NCAA had placed Northeastern's men's basketball program on two years of probation ending April 23, 2011 and had reduced the program's scholarships and recruiting privileges.[1][2]

Among notable players for Northeastern have been Boston Celtics captain and All-Star Reggie Lewis, Golden State Warriors guard Perry Moss, Olympian Dave Caligaris, All-American Pete Harris (basketball), Minnesota Timberwolves guard & NBA Champion José Juan Barea, one of the NCAA's assist leaders & Providence Associate Head Coach[3] Andre LaFleur, and Cibona Zagreb guard Matt Janning.

Women's basketball[edit]

Northeastern women's basketball is currently a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, having moved to the CAA in 2005 after many years in the America East Conference, formerly the Seaboard Conference. The current head coach is Daynia La-Force.[4]

The women's basketball program began with the 1966-67 season and has produced four conference championships, three with the Seaboard Conference in 1985, 1986, 1987 and one with America East in 1999. The Huskies appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1999 as a #13 seed, losing to #4 North Carolina in the first round.[5]

Baseball[edit]

The Northeastern University Baseball team currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association and is coached by Neil McPhee.

As a part of the America East Conference from 1979-2005, the baseball program won three America East Conference Baseball Tournaments, in 1994, 1997, and 2003.[6]

Among notable players for Northeastern have been Colorado Rockies pitcher Adam Ottavino, Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Peña, New York Mets first baseman Mike Glavine, San Francisco Giants third baseman Johnny Tobin and Chicago White Sox infielder Wild Bill Hunnefield.

Soccer[edit]

Men's Soccer[edit]

The Northeastern Men's Soccer team began at the University as a varsity sport in 1984 under the direction of Winston Smith. The team joined America East for the 1988 season and moved to the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2005 season. The team enjoyed their most successful season in 2002, winning the conference championship and moving on to the second round of the NCAA Championships.[7] The team is currently coached by Brian Ainscough.[8]

Women's Soccer[edit]

The Northeastern Women's Soccer team began at the University as a varsity sport in 1996 under the direction of Julia Claudio and began play in America East Conference the following year. The team joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 2005 and won the conference championship in 2008 before advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament that year.[9] The team is currently coached by Tracey Leone.[10]

Rowing[edit]

Men's Rowing[edit]

The Northeastern Men's Rowing team has a long history at the University, debuting in the 1960s and making a number of appearances at the Eastern Sprints[11] and National IRA Regatta.[12] The team is currently coached by John Pojednic who joined the team in 1999 as Assistant Coach and was elevated to Head Coach following the retirement of Walter “Buzz” Congram in 2000.[13]

Women's Rowing[edit]

The Northeastern women's rowing team is currently coached by Joe Wilhelm who was named to the position in 1998.[14] The team made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championships (1997 to 2000)[15] as well as a number of appearances at the Eastern Sprints.[16]

Track and Field[edit]

The Northeastern Track and Field team has a long and decorated history at Northeastern. The team is currently led by Cathrine Erickson who serves as the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country.[17] The team is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, joining the conference in 2006[18] after a number of years in America East Conference.

Among notable alumni for Northeastern have been NCAA Champion and Olympian Boris Djerassi[19] as well as Olympian Bruce Bickford.

Swimming and diving[edit]

The swimming and Diving team debuted in the fall of 1978 under Janet Swanson. The team is currently coached by Ray Coates and competes in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Football[edit]

The university Board of Trustees voted on November 20, 2009, to end the football program, citing sparse attendance, numerous losing seasons, and the expense to renovate Parsons Field stadium to an acceptable standard. According to president Joseph Aoun, "Leadership requires that we make these choices. This decision allows us to focus on our existing athletic programs."[20]

Among notable players for Northeastern were Cincinnati Bengals tight end and Pro Bowler Dan Ross; Green Bay Packers lineman and Pro Bowler Sean Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers linesman Keith Willis and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Darin Jordan.

Club sports[edit]

The Club Sports Program at Northeastern University, administered by the Campus Recreation department, includes over 40 club sports.[21]

The club sports programs include:

Alpine skiing[edit]

The Huskies ski team is a United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) alpine skiing program started in 1971 that competes as a member of the Thompson Division in the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference Conference (ECSC). Sweeping both the men's and women's division championships in 2014, the ski team placed 5th and 4th [respectively] in the ECSC regionals to advance to their first team appearance at the USCSA National Championships.[22]

Rugby[edit]

Founded in 1984, the Northeastern University Rugby Football Club plays college rugby in the East Coast Rugby Conference. Northeastern won the 2012 East Coast 7s Championship to qualify for the 2012 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship.[23] The Huskies are scheduled to compete at the 2013 Collegiate Rugby Championship, a tournament broadcast live on NBC from PPL Park in Philadelphia.

Lacrosse[edit]

The Northeastern men's lacrosse team, founded in 1983, competes in the MCLA's Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League. Major in-conference rivals for the Huskies include UConn and Boston College. Recent successes include national tournament trips in 2005 and 2007, the latter of which included a 15-4 victory over perennial champion Michigan.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ [=http://www.friars.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/andre_lafleur_751207.html Andre LaFleur bio|accessdate=11 March 2013]
  4. ^ "2013-14 Women’s BASKETBALL Quick Facts". Northeastern University. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Women’s Basketball Record Book". America East. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "America East Conference Baseball Record Book". America East. America East Conference. Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "All-Time Results". Northeastern Unviersity. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Coaching Records". Northeastern University. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Women's Soccer - All-time results". Northeastern University. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "2013 Women's Soccer Coaching Staff". Northeastern University. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Men's Rowing - NU at Eastern Sprints". Northeastern University. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Men's Rowing - NU at IRA Championship". Northeastern University. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "2014 Men's Rowing Coaching Staff". Northeastern University. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "2014 Women's Rowing Coaching Staff". Northeastern University. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Women's Rowing - NU at NCAA Championsship". Northeastern University. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Women's Rowing - NU at Eastern Sprints". Northeastern University. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "2011-12 Men's Track and Field Coaching Staff". Northeastern University. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Men's Track & Field - CAA Team Finishes". Northeastern University. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Sullivan, Greg. "Boris Djerassi recalls Olympic experience". The Herald News, Fall River, MA. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Andrew Ryan, "Northeastern calls an end to football", Boston Globe, November 23, 2009
  21. ^ "Club Sports Offered". Northeastern University Campus Recreation. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "Nationals Here We Come!!!!". NU Ski Team. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  23. ^ Rugby Mag, Final CRC Team Announced, Feb. 27, 2013, http://www.rugbymag.com/tournaments-special/crc/7153-final-crc-team-announced.html

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