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Week of 27 February 1998

Vol. I, No. 22



Men's Basketball

In the America East Tournament quarterfinals, on Saturday, February 28, BU will play the winner of the previous night's Northeastern-Maine game. Tip-off is 9:30 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The game will be broadcast on WRCA 1330 AM.

Men's Hockey

Dates to remember: BU's final regular-season game, vs. Merrimack, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. Coverage on WABU-TV Channel 68. Hockey East playoffs March 12, 14, 15, 20, and 21 will be televised on Fox Sports New England. The BU games will also be broadcast on WROL 950 AM.


Defense and youth set this hockey team apart

Game Preview
Men's Hockey
BU vs. UMass-Amherst
Saturday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Walter Brown Arena
Coverage on WABU-TV Channel 68 and WROL 950 AM

by Brian Fitzgerald

Hockey fans don't chant the word "defense" like their counterparts in football and basketball. But when BU hosts UMass-Amherst on February 28, spectators at Walter Brown Arena might want to start shouting these two syllables in tribute to the Terriers' success this year.

Tom Noble

Goaltender Tom Noble (COM'98) pulled a hamstring during BU's 3-2 victory over Providence February 21. His playing status is listed as day-to-day.

This is a team that allowed Providence just one shot on goal in the first period of their February 21 game, and a total of 17 in the entire 60 minutes. And the Terriers' four shutouts so far this season are the most since Boston University's 1971-72 campaign, when BU blanked four opponents all year.

In their first 25 games this year the Terriers allowed just 53 goals -- their best defensive start since the 1970-71 season, when Boston University won its first national championship. That year BU allowed only 45 goals in its first 25 games. In contrast, BU's 1994-95 national championship team, a more offensive-minded squad, gave up 75 goals through its first 25 games.

What also sets this year's Terriers apart from past teams is youth. Incredibly, 13 of 27 players on the 1997-98 team are freshmen. At the start of the season, Coach Jack Parker knew that he had one of the biggest incoming classes ever, but now it's clear that the freshmen have quality as well as quantity. "We thought we had a great group of freshmen who would contribute quite a bit during the year," says Parker. "But they're getting a lot more confident now."

Freshman forward Nick Gillis (MET'01), for example, after scoring the winning goal in the Beanpot Championship game against Harvard, tallied two goals and three assists in the last four games. His goals in the second periods of the February 21 and 22 Providence contests turned out to be the game-winners. After sweeping Providence, BU moved from fourth to third in the national rankings.

However, this team isn't averse to scoring. Although Chris Drury (CAS'98) is the only player on the team to score three goals in a game -- he has done it seven times in his career -- there are six underclassmen who have enjoyed two-goal games. Freshman Juha Vuori (MET'01) already has a pair of two-goal efforts.

Parker attributes the fine freshman classes over the years to great recruiting by his assistant coaches. "We get great players because we've had great recruiting coordinators like Brian Durocher, Blaise McDonald, Ben Smith, and Toot Cahoon," he says. "They've groomed a lot of players to come here, and that's why we've had so much success."



Athletes of the Week

Joey Beard, Kevin Murphy, and Ann Kovalsky

Men's basketball cocaptain Joey Beard (SED'98) scored only two points in the first half of the Terriers' February 21 game against Delaware. But since the game was played on his 23rd birthday, he decided to score 23 points in the second half.

His game-high 25 points, along with 7 rebounds, helped BU beat the Blue Hens and enabled the Terriers to share the conference's regular-season title. The Reston, Va., native also helped Boston University gain momentum in the second half by pleasing the home crowd with four slam-dunks.

Indoor track runners Kevin Murphy (SED'98) and Ann Kovalsky (SAR'99) earned outstanding performer awards in the America East Championships on February 21. Murphy placed first in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:48, establishing a new meet record. Kovalsky placed first in both the 1,000-meter race (2:59) and the 3,000-meter race (10:12).

Murphy, from Weymouth, Mass., earned All-America honors at last year's indoor track NCAA Championships. Kovalsky, a native of Ridgefield, Conn., earned the cross country team's MVP honors in 1996.



Terrier Scoreboard

Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Feb. 19

BU 69, Towson 63

Feb. 19

BU 70, Towson 58

Feb. 21

BU 87, Delaware 77

Feb. 21

Delaware 77, BU 69

Men's Hockey

Men's Indoor Track

Feb. 20

BU 5, Providence 1

Feb. 21

America East Championships: BU finished 3rd of 8 colleges

Feb. 21

BU 3, Providence 2

Women's Indoor Track

Men's Skiing

Feb. 21

America East Championships: BU finished 2nd of 8 colleges

Feb. 22

USCSA Eastern Championships, Waterville Valley, N.H.: BU finished 16th of 16 colleges