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Boston University begins inquiry into allegations of emotional abuse by women’s basketball coach Kelly Greenberg 03.20.14 at 9:07 am ET
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Boston University announced on Wednesday that it has formed a three-person panel to look into allegations of bullying against women’€™s basketball coach Kelly Greenberg. The decision comes after The Boston Globe reported that eight of Greenberg’€™s former players have now come forward with complaints that the coach mistreated them.

“We take these allegations very seriously, and we will look into them promptly, thoroughly and in an unbiased manner,” said Todd Klipp, the BU senior vice president, senior counsel and Board of Trustees secretary.

Elizabeth Loizeaux, an associate provost for undergraduate affairs, Sara Brown, a clincical associate professor at the university and a director of the school’€™s athletic training program, and Lawrence Elswit, BU’€™s associate general counsel, comprise the three-person panel.

“I have met with them and they have begun their work,” Klipp said. “It is my hope that they will complete their inquiry within the next few weeks.”

In a front-page story, the Globe reported on March 7 that four players left the 2013-14 women’€™s basketball team. All of those players were on athletic scholarships.

Of the four, one said that she sought mental care because of Greenberg’€™s bullying, another stated that she “felt demolished as a person” and a third said she considered suicide. The final player told the Globe that her “spirit was broken.”

Since that first article, two more players have come to the surface with allegations of emotional abuse and mistreatment. Greenberg also came up against similar allegations from two players during the 2007-08 season.

Current and former members of the women’€™s basketball team have shown support for Greenberg in the days following the allegations, as roughly 30 people gathered outside of Agganis Arena on March 8 with signs showing support for the coach. Those affiliated with the program have also created a website filled with stories showing appreciation for Greenberg.

According to the Globe, Greenberg, who just finished her 10th season with the Terriers and signed a contract extension through the 2017 season last fall,  has hired a lawyer to defend her.

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Hockey East Wraparound: BC looks great sooner than expected; Should Lowell be worried?; Northeastern is 4-0! 10.22.13 at 9:05 am ET
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Going into Friday night’€™s game between Boston College and Wisconsin, the story was Jerry York. After having the ceremony postponed twice last year — once because of York’€™s eye surgeries and once because of a snow storm — BC finally got to honor the man who became college hockey’€™s all-time winningest coach last December.

As expected, the ceremony highlighted York’€™s incredible accomplishments, the ones that make him the greatest coach in college hockey history. The 937 wins in his 42 years as a head coach (460 in his 20 years at BC). The five national championships (four at BC, one at Bowling Green). The 10 Frozen Four appearances in the last 16 years. The nine Hockey East tournament titles in that same span.

But, just as York wanted it, the spotlight didn’€™t stay on the BC coach for long — both literally because the ceremony was pretty short, and figuratively because of how the game unfolded. The focus quickly shifted to the contest at hand, and more specifically, how the Eagles played in that contest.

They absolutely dominated Wisconsin, who entered the weekend ranked second in the country. Destroyed them. Obliterated them. Outshot them 49-21 en route to a 9-2 victory.

Whenever there’€™s a blowout like this, it’€™s tough to figure out how much of it is the winning team being great and how much is the losing team being bad. The safe answer, of course, is that it’€™s both.

‘€œThere’€™s no way we’€™re seven goals better than the Badgers,’€ York said. ‘€œEverything we did tonight kind of turned to gold. ‘€¦ It could be a completely different game if we played tomorrow against the same team. But this particular night, everything was going just how you diagram it. Some of the plays we made, both defensively and offensively, really had me excited behind the bench.’€

The Badgers didn’€™t play well at all. Their defense was porous. They couldn’€™t sustain any sort of offensive attack. They seemed to lose every battle for loose pucks. Their goalies were hung out to dry for much of the game, but they didn’€™t come up with too many big saves either. The fact that they went on to lose 7-3 to Boston University the next night makes it pretty clear that, regardless of their potential (and they still have a lot of it), the Badgers simply aren’€™t one of the five or 10 best teams in the country right now, never mind the second best.

But to just chalk up this blowout to Wisconsin playing poorly would be a disservice to BC. Even on their worst night (and Friday was probably that), the Badgers are still better than a lot of teams. It still takes an extraordinary effort to dominate them the way BC did.

For the second game in a row, the Eagles looked like a team that’€™s clicking on all cylinders — a frightening thought considering York’€™s teams usually don’€™t get to that point until sometime in the second half of the season. After losing a close one at Michigan to open the year, the Eagles have now outscored Rensselaer and Wisconsin — two teams expected to compete for NCAA tournament spots — 16-4 in their last two games.

All four lines scored a goal Friday night, as did three defensemen. In the last two games, BC has gotten goals from 13 different players. And for the second straight game, the Eagles’€™ talented freshmen played a big role, as they combined for four goals and nine assists.

‘€œWe’€™re still trying to formulate our team — how good we’€™re going to be, where we’€™re going to go with this team,’€ York said. ‘€œI think this was an initial look at, ‘€˜Hey, there’€™s a possibility we could be a very good team.’€™ I liked the play of all 18 skaters that were in front of Brian Billett. I thought they all played well.’€

Look, it’€™s not going to be this smooth all season for BC. It’€™ll hit some bumps along the way. Its freshmen will go through some growing pains. But the fact that the Eagles are already showing this kind of potential so early in the season, when most of us figured it would take some time for them to jell, is pretty scary for the rest of the league.

BU adds to Wisconsin’€™s misery

The Terriers didn’€™t dominate Wisconsin quite as much as BC did — they actually got outshot 43-26 by the Badgers — but they still came away with a 7-3 win on Saturday night. The offensive outburst was especially encouraging considering BU had been held to one goal in a loss to Rensselaer the night before.

The Terriers showed a lethal quick-strike ability, as they scored two goals in 18 seconds midway through the second (although they then gave up a goal 21 seconds after that) and two goals in 2:07 midway through the third to kill any comeback hopes Wisconsin may have had. BU’€™s new second line of Matt Lane, Cason Hohmann and Robbie Baillargeon had a terrific night, as the trio combined for three goals and six assists.

We knew this weekend was going to be a tougher test for the young Terriers than their opening weekend, so a split shouldn’€™t be too surprising. Bouncing back on the second night against a Big Ten team should give BU some confidence as it heads to Michigan to face two more B1G teams this weekend.

Should Lowell be worried?

The River Hawks got swept by Quinnipiac and are now 1-3-0 on the season. They’€™ve dropped from No. 1 in the country before the season to No. 18 in this week’€™s poll. They’€™ve been held to one goal in each of their three losses.

It’€™s still not time to panic, but these struggles shouldn’€™t be totally dismissed either. Yes, Lowell started 2-5-1 last season and still managed to win Hockey East and make it to the Frozen Four. But that team also went on a ridiculous 24-3-1 run from mid-December through the end of March. No matter how good the River Hawks end up being, it’€™s not very realistic to expect them to do that again.

The good news is that the conference schedule hasn’€™t kicked in yet, so the River Hawks can still accomplish all their league goals as long as they figure things out in the next few weeks. The bad news is that if they struggle at other points in the season and can’€™t get rolling like they did a year ago, they could end up regretting this slow start more than they did last season.

UMass opens some eyes

It was a bad weekend for one Massachusetts state school, but a great one for another. After losing to BU and Lowell on opening weekend, the Minutemen righted the ship with an impressive sweep of Michigan State, outscoring the Spartans 8-3 on the weekend. It’€™s worth noting that Michigan State projects as a middle-of-the-road team, but it’€™s also worth noting that most of us didn’€™t expect UMass to even be middle-of-the-road.

The most encouraging sign for the Minutemen was the play of goalie Steve Mastalerz, who stopped 62 of the 65 shots he faced. As it has been for the last few years, goaltending is the biggest question mark for UMass this season. Mastalerz did nothing to alleviate those concerns when he allowed seven goals in the first two games of the season, but this past weekend was certainly a step in the right direction.

Northeastern is 4-0!

That sounds great and all, but Alabama-Huntsville and Holy Cross — the two teams the Huskies have played so far — are pretty bad. Still, when you consider that Northeastern won just nine games all of last season, a 4-0 start, regardless of the level of competition, is noteworthy.

Kevin Roy is doing a great job of reminding everyone that he’€™s really, really good — the sophomore winger has five goals and four assists already. Linemate Braden Pimm has four goals, while freshmen Mike Szmatula and Zach Aston-Reese have seven and five assists, respectively.

Goalies Derick Roy (Kevin’€™s brother) and Clay Witt have identical .946 save percentages in two games apiece, but we won’€™t learn a whole lot about them until they face some better teams. They’€™ll see a little tougher competition this weekend when they travel to St. Lawrence, and then they’€™ll really be tested against BC in two weeks.

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Hockey East Wraparound: David Quinn era off to 2-0 start; BC drops 7 on RPI; Friars pick up impressive sweep; Upset of the Year? 10.14.13 at 9:12 am ET
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It may not have been against the toughest competition in the world, but Boston University will gladly take a 2-0 start to the David Quinn era. The Terriers are a young team — 18 of their 25 players are freshmen or sophomores — so growing pains are going to be inevitable. They certainly experienced some of those this weekend, particularly on special teams, but they still managed to beat Massachusetts 3-1 on Friday and Holy Cross 3-2 on Saturday.

Coming into the season, there were really only six spots in the lineup that the Terriers felt totally comfortable with. They knew that Danny O’€™Regan, Evan Rodrigues and Cason Hohmann would create offense up front. They knew that Garrett Noonan and Matt Grzelcyk were among the best two-way defensemen in the league. And they knew that Sean Maguire and Matt O’€™Connor made for a pretty solid goaltending tandem. Unsurprisingly, all of those guys played well this weekend (and O’€™Regan, Rodrigues, Hohmann and Noonan all scored).

Every other spot on the roster was something of a question mark. The Terriers knew they had talented players who could fill them, but none of them were really proven. They were going to have to rely a lot on freshmen, and they were going to need sophomores Matt Lane, Sam Kurker and Ahti Oksanen to play bigger roles and be more consistent.

Of those sophomores, Oksanen had the best opening weekend. He registered four assists and a plus-3 rating and looked strong in his own end. Lane notched a power-play assist on Saturday and brought some energy to his shifts on Friday. Kurker, on the other hand, definitely did not have the start he or BU was hoping for, as he took two offensive-zone penalties on Friday before getting benched and failed to register a shot on goal for the weekend.

As for the freshmen, Tommy Kelley registered his first career goal on Friday, and Nick Roberto did the same on Saturday. Both came on quick shots from the slot that showed an ability to finish from in close, and Kelley’€™s came on the power play. Roberto led the team with seven shots on goal for the weekend, and classmate Robbie Baillargeon tallied five while looking pretty comfortable alongside O’€™Regan and Rodrigues on BU’€™s top line. Pretty much all of BU’€™s freshmen saw time on special teams, and Quinn said he only expects them to get better in those roles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hockey East Season Preview: This really might be ‘the deepest the league has ever been’ 10.07.13 at 9:22 am ET
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If you go to enough Hockey East media days, you’ll realize that there are certain lines you’re bound to hear from coaches year after year.

“Anyone can beat anyone in this league.”

“There isn’t much of a difference between the first-place team and the last-place team.”

“This might be the deepest the league has ever been.”

“There’s more parity now than ever before.”

The first quote is obviously true. That’s how sports work. We see upsets all the time, and Hockey East is no different. Just last year, we saw conference champ Massachusetts-Lowell drop the season series against eighth-place Maine (Lowell went on to sweep Maine in the playoffs, though), and second-place Boston College lose games against each of Hockey East’s bottom three teams.

But the fact that the first quote is true doesn’t necessarily mean the second quote is true. Let’s face it: the worst teams really only have a chance of beating the best teams when the best teams are off their game. There’s a reason Lowell and BC ended up with significantly better records than Massachusetts and Northeastern last season — because Lowell and BC were significantly better teams. And barring something crazy, they’ll be significantly better teams again this year.

As for the third and fourth quotes, when you hear them every year, you start to wonder if coaches would say those things even if they didn’t actually believe them. The league can’t really get deeper every single year, can it? There can’t really be more and more parity every year, right?
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BC rally falls short at Wake Forest; Northeastern, Harvard pick up road wins 01.12.13 at 6:50 pm ET
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Wake Forest guard C.J. Harris scored 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting, and the Demon Deacons held off a late Boston College rally for a 75-72 victory Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Lonnie Jackson scored 23 points to lead the way for BC (9-7, 1-2 ACC). Olivier Hanlan scored 18, and Ryan Anderson record his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

BC trailed by 10 points with 5:47 remaining before embarking on a 13-4 run, capped by a three-point play from Hanlan with just under two minutes remaining. That got the Eagles within one at 71-70. After a BC defensive breakdown led to a layup for Wake point guard Madison Jones, Joe Rahon hit two free throws to get BC back within a point, 73-72.

Following a Wake miss, BC turned over the ball, but the Demon Deacons (9-6, 2-1) returned the favor with an offensive foul on a moving pick. BC regained possession with 19.5 seconds left. BC got the ball to Rahon, but the guard could not finish his strong drive to the basket, making him 0-for-7.

Harris hit two free throws with 4.1 seconds left to make it 75-72. On BC’s ensuing inbounds pass, Wake’s Travis McKie (18 points) stole it just over midcourt, but apparently thinking the game was over, he started walking with the basketball toward the sideline. That gave BC another chance with 1.5 seconds left. The inbounds pass went to Hanlan, and his contested 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short.

BC next hosts Miami on Wednesday.

In other college basketball action involving local teams Saturday, Northeastern continued its hot start in conference play with a 70-59 victory at Towson as Joel Smith scored 21 points. The Huskies (9-7, 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association) trailed 25-13 with 8:16 left in the first half but closed the period on a 26-8 run to take control. NU is off to its best conference start since beginning 6-0 in 2008-09.

In Hanover, N.H., Harvard closed the game on a 17-2 run for a 75-65 victory over pesky Dartmouth as the Crimson began defense of their Ivy League championship. Siyani Chambers scored 22 points, Wesley Saunders netted 19, and both players had six assists. Harvard (9-2, 1-0 Ivy) shot a blistering 62.8 percent from the field and held the hosts to two points over the game’s final 9:25.

At Boston University, the Terriers got 16 points and seven assists from D.J. Irving in an 85-59 victory over Binghamton. John Papale added 14 points and nine rebounds for BU (8-9, 2-2 America East).

In Bethlehem, Pa., Holy Cross’ Justin Burrell scored 16 points, but the Crusaders could not keep up with Lehigh, falling 79-47 in their Patriot League opener. Lehigh, despite missing standout guard C.J. McCollum (broken foot), went on a 14-0 run late in the first half to take command, then shot 66.7 percent in the second half to pull away from HC (8-8).

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BC beats BU, 4-3, in ‘classic’ Beanpot final 02.08.10 at 10:37 pm ET
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Boston College erased a 1-0 deficit with a flurry of three second-period goals on its way to a 4-3 win over the Boston University Terriers in 58th Beanpot championship game Monday night at TD Garden.

Kevin Shattenkirk gave BU a 1-0 lead with his even strength goal at 13:36 of the first. But BC responded with three in the second, sparked by Steven Whitney’s power play goal 61 seconds in. Carl Sneep and Chris Kreider added goals to put BC in command.

BC claimed its 15th Beanpot title in school history and its second in three years when it withstood a late, furious rally by the Terriers, including a wraparound on the doorstep with 19.8 seconds remaining that was turned away by tournament MVP John Muse.

“If there was a classic Beanpot, that would be one of them,” BC coach Jerry York said. “I’ve been involved in a lot of really good matchups here. This particular one was quick, it was fast. Even at 4-1, none of us thought it was finished yet.”

BU lost in the title game for the first time since losing to BC 2-1 in overtime in 2004. The game also marked the 250th meeting between the archrivals, with BU still leading the series, 125-108 and 17 ties.

“I thought it was a fabulous game to watch as a college hockey game,” BU coach Jack Parker said. “It’s the 250th time we’ve played each other and where better to play each other than the Beanpot final. And other than the outcome, I thought it was a fabulous game. We won seven Beanpots in the decade of the 2000s and eight Beanpot in the decade of the 90s and now they won the first one of this decade so they’re one up up on us. So we’ve got a ways to go.”

Already on the power play, BU pulled goalie Kieran Millan and had a 6-on-4 advantage. Colby Cohen capitalized by scoring with 2:46 remaining to cut the Eagles’ lead to one, 4-3.

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Huge 2nd has BC leading BU, 3-1, after 2 at 9:58 pm ET
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BC started the second period with a 5-on-3 power play and with BU on the verge of killing off both penalties, Steven Whitney scored 61 seconds into the period – and with 15 seconds left on the power play – to knot the game, 1-1.

Carl Sneep fired a shot from the right point that beat Kieran Millan to the far side at 12:33 and BC had the lead.

BC capped its domination in the period with a spectacular Chris Kreider goal at 15:48. He took a pass from Jimmy Hayes in the neutral zone and rushed up the left wing. He put a Gretzky-like move on Terriers blue liner Max Nicasatro and slipped the puck past a helpless – and stunned – Millan for a 3-1 Eagles’ lead.

Eagles are 14-1-1 this season when leading after two. BU is just 1-7-2 this year when trailing after two.

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BU leads BC, 1-0, after 1 at 8:50 pm ET
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Boston University’s Kevin Shattenkirk capitalized on a bad clearing pass by BC defenseman Philip Samuelsson to score the first goal of the game at 13:36 of the first period.

And the first period ends with BU leading, 1-0. BU’s Sean Escobedo and Colby Cohen take penalties in the final 90 seconds of the period so BC will be on a two-man PP for the first 39 seconds of the second period.

BU is outshooting BC, 9-8, in the first 20 minutes.

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Jack Parker: Beanpot ‘losing luster’ 02.02.10 at 12:33 am ET
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Even though his team just dispatched Northeastern, 2-1, in a hard-fought Beanpot semifinal at TD Garden Monday night, Boston University coach Jack Parker was very honest about playing Boston College next Monday night in yet another BU-BC showdown for the 58th Beanpot championship game.

“The Beanpot is losing its luster a little bit if it’s constantly going to be BU or BC winning this tournament. We dodged a bullet tonight. These teams are real good hockey programs, Harvard and Northeastern. It’s not good overall, people are going to get tired of it. People are tired of it in some ways.”

[Click here to hear Parker’s analysis of the BU-BC tradition that is growing old in the eyes of some.]

BU has won a record 29 Beanpot titles, and has reached the title game in 25 of the last 27 years. In the first game, Boston College hammered Harvard, 6-0, to reach its 30th Beanpot title game.

The two schools have combined to win the last 16 Beanpots, dating to Harvard’s title in 1993. The two programs have met in the Beanpot title game in eight of those 16.

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Terriers beat Huskies in a real dogfight 02.01.10 at 10:57 pm ET
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Alex Chiasson’s shot dribbled past Chris Rawlings with 5:47 left in the third to lead the Boston University Terriers to a 2-1 win over the Northeastern Huskies in the second Beanpot semifinal on Monday night at TD Garden.

Northeastern had a power play and pulled the goalie for the final 88 seconds but could not score. The Terriers (10-11-3) advance to face their archrival Boston College in the 58th Beanpot Championship game next Monday night at TD Garden. BC advanced with an easy 6-0 romp over Harvard in Monday’s first semifinal.

Northeastern (11-12-1) had tied it midway through the third on a power play goal by Kyle Kraemer.

“I thought it was a great college hockey game to watch,” said BU coach Jack Parker. “There were times when each time had a lot of possession in the other teams zone, a lot of good opportunities. Both goaltenders played great. It was pressed right to the end, they got the power play goal to tie it up and then we get the two-on-one on a nice break.

“[David] Warsofsky jumping in the play creates the two-on-one and Chaisson takes the shot and gets it buy him. We’€™ve played Northeastern twice this year and got two goals total against them. We attempted 80 shots tonight and I think we attempted 86 the last time we played them over in there place. So we have had some opportunities against this goaltender and he has had played extremely well against us I thought our goalie played great and he made an unbelievable save at the end of the game.” Read the rest of this entry »

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