By now, the Terrier icemen's 2009 national championship victory is the stuff of legend. Down by two goals with less than a minute left in the April 11 NCAA finals in Washington, D.C., they not only put the puck into the net twice more to tie, but scored in sudden-death overtime to bring the championship trophy back to Comm. Ave. for the first time since 1995.
The come-from-behind triumph against Ohio's Miami University set a new school record for wins in a season — thirty-five, the most by any team since Michigan in the 1996–1997 season — and helped to send Matt Gilroy (MET'09), John McCarthy (CAS'09), and Colin Wilson (CAS'11) to the National Hockey League.
But men's hockey wasn't the only Terrier team to score big this year. The women's basketball team capped off its best season in BU history with an undefeated America East Conference season, the men's and women's soccer teams captured the America East regular season and tournament, and women's lacrosse and softball both took home America East titles — the fifth in a row for BU's lacrosse players.
Wait, there's more: runners from the men's and women's track and field and cross-country teams and two members of the men's swimming and diving team competed at the NCAA championships in their sport, and two Terrier women — basketball forward Jesyka Burks-Wiley (CAS'09) and lacrosse midfielder Sarah Dalton (CGS'07, CAS'09) were named the America East Player of the Year for their sports. All of which makes 2008–2009 a winning year in BU athletics.
In the slide shows above, Bostonia highlights some of Boston University's biggest champions.