Northeastern Huskies women's ice hockey

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Northeastern Huskies women's ice hockey
Current season
Northeastern Huskies women's ice hockey athletic logo

University Northeastern University
Conference Hockey East
Head coach Dave Flint
3rd year, 29–29–10
Arena Matthews Arena
Capacity: 4,666
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Colors Northeastern Red and White

             

Conference Tournament Champions
ECAC: 1988, 1989, 1997
Conference Regular Season Champions
HEA: 2012

The Northeastern women's ice hockey team represents Northeastern University. The Huskies play in the Hockey East conference.

History[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 1982-83 season, the lady Huskies had thirteen consecutive winning seasons, including six straight seasons of twenty or more wins between 1986-87 and 1991-92.

The program's best record was in 1987-88, 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 nine straight between 1984 and 1991-92. The Huskies' all-time best mark for wins was in 1996-97 with 27, a total equaled in 2001-02.

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 1988-89.

Year by year[edit]

Note: Not a complete list. Records shown since inclusion in Hockey East.

Year Overall Record Hockey East Record Beanpot Results Post Season Head Coach
W L T Win % W L T Pts Win % Finish
2002-03 9 18 4 .333 4 10 1 9 .286 T-4th 3rd Joy Woog
2003-04 13 13 8 .500 7 9 4 18 .438 4th 2nd Joy Woog
2004-05 3 25 4 .107 2 15 3 7 .118 6th 3rd Laura Schuler
2005-06 8 24 1 .250 6 14 1 13 .300 7th 4th Laura Schuler
2006-07 5 26 2 .161 4 15 1 9 .211 7th 4th Laura Schuler
2007-08 7 24 3 .250 6 14 1 13 .310 6th 4th Laura Schuler
2008-09 12 20 3 .386 7 13 1 15 .357 6th 4th Laura Schuler
2009-10 17 9 7 .621 9 6 6 28 .571 4th 2nd Dave Flint
2010-11 16 13 8 .541 6 10 5 17 .405 5th t-3rd Dave Flint
2011-12 22 7 4 .727 15 3 3 33 .786 1st 1st Dave Flint
2012-13 23 11 2 .667 13 7 1 27 .643 3rd 1st Dave Flint
2013-14 19 14 2 .571 13 6 2 28 .684 3rd 2nd Dave Flint

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Beanpot[edit]

The Northeastern women have historically found success in the Beanpot, winning 17 of 36 tournaments and compiling a 48-23-1 record through 2014. The Huskies appeared in 16 straight finals, from 1983 to 1998, winning 13 of those tournaments, including 9 straight. The Huskies have qualified for the Beanpot finals 25 times through 2014:

  • 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)
  • February 13, 2001: Harvard 4, Northeastern 3 (OT)
  • February 10, 2004, Harvard 5, Northeastern 1
  • February 9, 2010: Harvard 1, Northeastern 0
  • February 7, 2012: Northeastern 4, Boston University 3 (OT)
  • February 12, 2013: Northeastern 4, Boston College 3
  • February 11, 2014: Boston College 3, Northeastern 0 [3]

Notable alums[edit]

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

In addition, the following Huskies have played on the United States national team: Tina Cardinale (1990, 1992), Kendall Coyne (2010-12), Kim Haman (1992), Erika Silva (2004), Jeanine Sobek (1990, 1992, 1994-96), Brooke White (2001, 2004), Hillary Witt (2001). Additionally, current Husky Florence Schelling has been the goaltender of the Switzerland national team since 2004.


Hilary Witt

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.[4] 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.[5]

Olympians[edit]

Player Position Nationality Event Result
Kendall Coyne Forward  United States 2014 Winter Olympics Silver
Chanda Gunn Goaltender  United States 2006 Winter Olympics Bronze
Julia Marty Forward   Switzerland 2006 Winter Olympics
Julia Marty Forward   Switzerland 2010 Winter Olympics
Karen Nystrom Forward  Canada 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Florence Schelling Goaltender   Switzerland 2006 Winter Olympics
Florence Schelling Goaltender   Switzerland 2010 Winter Olympics
Florence Schelling Goaltender   Switzerland 2014 Winter Olympics Bronze
Laura Schuler Forward  Canada 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Vicky Sunohara Forward  Canada 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Vicky Sunohara Forward  Canada 2002 Winter Olympics Gold
Vicky Sunohara Forward  Canada 2006 Winter Olympics Gold

Award Winners and Honorees[edit]

Patty Kazmaier Award

  • Brooke Whitney (2001-02)

Division I All-American

  • First Team
    • Chanda Gunn (2003-04)
    • Florence Schelling (2011-12)
    • Erika Silva (2000-01)
    • Brooke Whitney (2001-02)
  • Second Team
    • Kendall Coyne (2012-13)
    • Kim Greene (2001-02)
    • Chanda Gunn (2001-02)
    • Florence Schelling (2009-10)
    • Jaime Totten (1998-99)
    • Brooke Whitney (2000-01)

Humanitarian Award

NCAA Sportsmanship Award

  • Chanda Gunn (2003-04)

Honda Inspiration Award

  • Chanda Gunn (2003-04)

Conference Player of the Year

  • Chanda Gunn (HEA: 2003-04)
  • Shelley Looney (ECAC: 1993-94)
  • Florence Schelling (HEA: 2009-10, 2011-12)
  • Brooke Whitney (ECAC Eastern: 2001-02)

Conference Rookie of the Year

  • Kendall Coyne (HEA: 2011-12)
  • Vicky Sunohara (ECAC: 1988-89)

Conference Goalie of the Year

  • Chanda Gunn (HEA: 2003-04)
  • Florence Schelling (HEA: 2011-12)
  • Erika Silva (ECAC: 2000-01)

Bauer Goaltending Champion

  • Florence Schelling (2009-10, 2011-12)

Conference Tournament MVP

  • Chanda Gunn (ECAC Eastern: 2002)
  • Shelley Looney (ECAC: 1993)
  • Hilary Witt (ECAC: 1997)

"Three-Stars" Award

  • Kendall Coyne (2012-13)
  • Chanda Gunn (2003-04)
  • Florence Schelling (2011-12)
  • Leah Sulyma (2007-08)

All-Hockey East

  • First Team
    • Kendall Coyne (2011-12, 2012-13)
    • Chanda Gunn (2003-04)
    • Florence Schelling (2009-10, 2011-12)
  • Second Team
    • Lori DiGiacomo (2004-05)
    • Chanda Gunn (2002-03)
    • Theresa Ella (2003-04)
    • Amy Goodney (2003-04)
    • Stephanie Gavronsky (2011-12)
    • Casey Pickett (2011-12, 2012-13)

All-ECAC Eastern

  • First Team
    • Kim Greene (2001-02)
    • Brooke White (2001-02)
    • Brooke Whitney (2001-02)
  • Second Team
    • Chanda Gunn (2001-02)

All-ECAC

  • First Team
    • Michelle DiStefano (1993-94)
    • Shelley Looney (1993-94)
    • Erika Silva (2000-01)
    • Jeanine Sobek (1993-94)
    • Jaime Totten (1997-98)
    • Brooke Whitney (2000-01)
  • Second Team
    • Hilary Witt (1997-98, 1999-00)
    • Jaime Totten (1998-99)

Northeastern Hall of Fame

  • Tina Cardinale (2002)
  • Kelly Dyer (1995)
  • Chanda Gunn (2012)
  • Shelley Looney (1999)
  • Donna-Lynn Rosa (2009)
  • Laura Schuler (2004)
  • Carolyn Sullivan (2011)
  • Brooke Whitney (2008)
  • Hilary Witt (2005)

Beanpot Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player award

  • 1979 Diane DerBogoshian
  • 1980 Diane Sorrenti
  • 1984 Stephanie Kelly
  • 1985 Tracy Hill
  • 1986 Nina Koyama
  • 1987 Fiona Rice
  • 1988 Tina Cardinale
  • 1989 Vicky Sunohara
  • 1990 Julie Piacentini
  • 1993 Kim Haman
  • 1994 Shelley Looney
  • 1996 Jessica Wagner
  • 1997 Stephanie Acres
  • 1998 Lisa Giovanelli
  • 2012 Casey Pickett
  • 2013 Kendall Coyne

Bertagna Award (top goalie)

  • 2000 Erika Silva
  • 2001 Erika Silva
  • 2012 Florence Schelling
  • 2013 Chloe Desjardins [6]

Hall of Fame

  • Diane DerBoghosian (Inducted in 2008)
  • Kelly Dyer Hayes (Inducted in 2013)
  • Don MacLeod (Head Coach) (Inducted in 2012)
  • Julie Pacientini (Inducted in 2009)
  • Kathryn Waldo (Inducted in 2011)
  • Hilary Witt (Inducted in 2010)

Huskies in professional hockey[edit]

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

See also[edit]

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