Northeastern Huskies Claim 16th Beanpot Title on MacSorley's Goal

Mark StaffieriContributor IIFebruary 13, 2013

Photo courtesy of Northeastern Huskies athletics
Photo courtesy of Northeastern Huskies athletics

The 35th Annual Women’s Beanpot ended with dramatics courtesy of sophomore Katie MacSorley as the Northeastern Huskies claimed their tournament record 16th title. A 4-3 victory over the Boston College Eagles resulted in the Huskies claiming their second consecutive Beanpot championship.

Beanpot awards were given to Northeastern players as well. Kendall Coyne, another sophomore on the Huskies accumulated four points during the tournament to claim Most Valuable Player honors. Freshman backstop Chloe Desjardins made 36 saves in the championship game to become the fourth Huskies netminder to win the Bertagna Award.

Facing deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 against BC, the Huskies eventually jumped to a 3-2 lead before the Eagles tied the score. Dana Trivigno opened the scoring for Boston College a mere 78 seconds into the contest. Assists were credited to Emily Field and Ashley Motherwell. The remainder of the period would be a scoreless affair.

Heading into the second stanza with a 1-0 lead, the Eagles were not able to extend it. With a 5 on 3 power play, Paige Savage and Tori Hickel combined for the assists on a marker by Brittany Esposito at the 8:06 mark to tie the score.

With five minutes and seven seconds remaining in the second, BC reclaimed their lead. Melissa Bizzari beat Chloe Desjardins for the score. Emily Pfalzer and Alex Carpenter (who set a Hockey East record this season with a 24-game point scoring streak) earned the helpers.

Once again, Northeastern would take advantage of the power play. A backhand goal by Pickett (the 2012 Beanpot MVP) resulted in a tie score with two minutes and ten seconds left in the period. Assists went to Kelly Wallace and Kendall Coyne. Heading into the title game, Kendall Coyne became the eighth player in the nation to log at least 50 points during the 2012-13 season (and the first Huskies player since Brooke Whitney in 2001-02).

A mere 43 seconds later, Northeastern would take its first lead of the game. Esposito and Wallace assisted on a goal by Savage as the momentum turned in the Huskies favor.

The first nine minutes of the final frame were scoreless. Desjardins was a key factor in nullifying two BC power play opportunities. Eventually, BC would find the back of the net as Field would tie the game at 9:01 with Meagan Mangene earning the assist.

Only 79 seconds later, the Huskies would reply as Katie MacSorley buried the puck past BC netminder Corinne Boyles for the 4-3 lead. Despite their best efforts, the Eagles were unable to tie the game. With 1:08 remaining, Boyles abandoned the net in favor of an extra attacker but Desjardins remained solid between the pipes.

Prior to the game, former Huskies goaltender Kelly Dyer-Hayes was inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame. In Beanpot history, Northeastern improved their record against BC to a sparkling 15-4 mark. Of note, it was the 25th time that Northeastern appeared in the Beanpot title game.