Varsity Athletics

Boston University offers 23 NCAA Division I varsity sports—13 teams for women and 10 for men. We’re a member of the Patriot League, Hockey East, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

We have a proud history of nationally known athletic teams. Our Men’s Hockey team has won five NCAA championships (including the 2009 title) and has made 22 Frozen Four appearances. BU has sent more players to the NHL than any other college or university, including standouts like Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders, Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild and Colin Wilson of the Nashville Predators.

Other BU varsity teams are no slouches, either. The Women’s Field Hockey team won their third straight America East Championship in 2007. Our Men’s Basketball team has made six appearances in the NCAA playoffs, with the last showdown in 2011.

In Sochi for the 2014 Olympics were current student, Marie-Philip Poulin (SED’15), and four alumni—Catherine Ward (GSM’12), Jenn Wakefield (CAS’12), Tara Watchorn (CAS’12), and Kevin Shattenkirk (CAS’11).

The Men’s Soccer team qualified for the NCAA playoffs in 2008, their ninth time since 1990. The Women’s Soccer team has reached the NCAA tournament 11 times, most recently in 2013.

Work hard, play hard. That’s sort of our unofficial motto around here. Out student athletes are committed to both their studies and their community. Last year, they participated in over 4,500 hours of community service and outreach. As a five-time All-American, Katie Matthews (SAR’12,’14) not only excelled on the track but off as well, winning 2013 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Woman of the Year.

For more about BU varsity teams, visit our Varsity Athletics website.

The Beanpot

You might think an ice hockey tournament with only four teams—and the same four teams year after year—couldn’t possibly bring fans to a frenzy of emotion and excitement. But the annual Beanpot Tournament is Boston’s collegiate athletic event of the year.

The contenders: Boston University, Harvard, Northeastern and Boston College. On two Monday nights in February, the rivals square off against each other in the TD Garden, home of the Bruins (hockey) and Celtics (basketball). The winner takes home a silver bowl suitable for those famous Boston baked beans. Not to mention a year’s worth of bragging rights.

In 2015 the Terriers captured their 30th Beanpot victory. They have played in 50 of the tournament’s 63 title games, leading some Terriers fans to nickname the Beanpot the “BU Invitational Tournament.”