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BU Women’s Hockey Beanpot Win: The Action, the Celebration, the Joy

Long-awaited goal captured in our photo essay

With a flick of the wrist just before midnight on Tuesday, BU junior Sammy Davis (CGS, Sargent) poked the puck past Harvard goaltender Lindsay Reed, netting the No. 7 Terrier women’s hockey team its longed-for first Beanpot championship as a varsity sport. The women’s only other title came back in 1981, when they were a club team. The 3-2 overtime win at Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center set off a raucous on-ice celebration and gave Terrier coach Brian Durocher (Wheelock’78) much reason to celebrate. “We’re all excited that monkey’s off the back,” Durocher said after the game. “It’s been a long time coming, and I couldn’t be prouder of the team.”

BU Terriers women's hockey players pick up their hockey bags from the team bus before entering Bright-Landry Hockey Cente.

As the snow picks up, the BU women's ice hockey team gets ready to head to the the Beanpot championship round. Photo by Cydney Scott

BU women's ice hockey players Abbey Stanley and Nara Elia watching videos on their phone on the team bus.

Redshirt junior Abbey Stanley (CAS) (left) and sophomore Nara Elia (CGS) watching video clips of other BU athletic teams wishing them luck as they head to the Beanpot championship round. Photo by Cydney Scott

BU women's ice hockey head coach Brian Durocher sits alone in a lounge reviewing notes before the 41st Beanpot Tournament final game against Harvard.BU women's ice hockey head coach Brian Durocher talks to the team in the locker room before the 41st Beanpot Tournament final.

Head coach Brian Durocher (Wheelock’78) going over his notes outside the Bright-Landry locker rooms before the game (left). Some last-minute advice from Durocher in the team’s locker room (right). Photos by Cydney Scott

Hockey sticks for the BU women's ice hockey players lean against the locker room wall, each beneath the number of the player it the stick belongs to.

The Terriers stunned the Harvard Crimson at 13:38 in sudden-death overtime to win the 2019 Women’s Beanpot Tournament, their first championship since 1981. Photo by Cydney Scott

Members of the BU women's ice hockey team get dressed in the locker room before the Beanpot Tournament championship gameA BU women's ice hockey player laces up her skates in the locker room.
BU women's ice hockey player Abbey Stanley prays silently holding a necklace in the locker room before the Beanpot championship game.

The Terrier team getting ready to go up against Harvard (top). Stanley in the locker room before the championship game (bottom). Photos by Cydney Scott

An 11 year old female fan gives a BU hockey player a fist bump before going out onto the ice.

A fist-bump for luck from 11-year-old Callie Kenney, of Barnstable, for the Terriers as they leave the ice after the pre-game warm-up. Photo by Cydney Scott

Boston University hockey fans celebrate the Terriers first goal of the game, some shirtless with the message GOOOBU! painted on their chests.

Terrier fans celebrate the game’s first goal, put in the net by junior Reagan Rust (CAS). Photo by Andy Costello

Close-up face shot of BU women's ice hockey head coach Brian Durocher watching the game from te bench during the first period of the Beanpost championship game.

Durocher, inaugural coach of the BU varsity women’s ice hockey team, during the first period of the Beanpot final. Photo by Cydney Scott

BU hockey player Connor Galway blocks a shot in front of the BU goal.

Senior Connor Galway (CAS) stops a shot in front of the Terrier goal. Photo by Andy Costello

With the Harvard goalie laid out on the ice, BU women's ice hockey player Jesse Compher reacts to just missing the net after taking a shot on goal during the first period of the Beanpot championshipNatasza Tarnowski, center, celebrates her 2nd period goal with her fellow Terrier teammates.

Disappointed sophomore Jesse Compher (CGS) after just missing the net on a shot on goal (left). Photo by Cydney Scott. Junior Natasza Tarnowski (Sargent) (center) celebrates her second period goal (right). Photo by Andy Costello

BU women's ice hockey players rest in the locker room in between periods.

A breather: sophomore Jesse Compher (CGS) (left) and teammates after the second period. Photo by Cydney Scott

Silhouetted against the area light, BU women's ice hockey head coach Brian Durocher walks out to the Boston University bench at the start of sudden death overtime.

This is it: Durocher heads out for the start of sudden-death overtime. Photo by Cydney Scott

Members of the BU women's hockey team pile onto each other celebration winning the 41st annual Beanpot tournament.

Jubilation: Terriers celebrating their overtime victory over Harvard to claim the Women's Beanpot championship. Photo by Andy Costello

The BU women's ice hockey team lines up on the ice awaiting the presentation of the Beanpot trophy.Wide shot of the BU Terriers women's ice hockey team celebrate and carry the Beanpot trophy after winning the 41st annual Beanpot tournament championship.
Members of the BU Terriers women's ice hockey team celebrate and carry the Beanpot trophy after winning the 41st annual Beanpot championship.

The winners line up to receive their first Beanpot trophy since becoming a varsity team, in 2005 (top left). Acknowledging their fans: The grateful team after clinching the Beanpot championship (top right). The BU women with the precious trophy after defeating Harvard for the championship (bottom). Top left photo by Cydney Scott. Top right and bottom photos by Andy Costello

BU hockey players Reagan Rust and Alex Allan hug on the ice celebrating their winning the Beanpot championship.

Two exultant Terriers: Rust (CAS) (left) and freshman Alex Allan (CAS) after their exciting, and long-sought, Beanpot championship win. Photo by Cydney Scott

5 Comments

5 Comments on BU Women’s Hockey Beanpot Win: The Action, the Celebration, the Joy

  • Nancy Marrs on 02.14.2019 at 8:17 am

    Terrific work by Cydney and Andy on this photo essay! Congratulations to coach Brian Durocher and his team on this historic, first Beanpot Championship!

  • Shannon OBrien on 02.14.2019 at 9:56 am

    Great photography! Exciting game! So glad the players will have these photos to remember this moment!

  • Boston Mom on 02.14.2019 at 12:22 pm

    What a fantastic victory! Those stands should have been packed -what a paltry turn out.

  • Clark Broden on 02.14.2019 at 2:22 pm

    I watched this glorious game from Florida on ESPN+.as I’m semi retired. It was loud but true. Where are the fans? This team deserves much more support for their efforts. I hope the next home game is packed. Clark Broden CAS ‘64

  • nicfaust on 02.18.2019 at 4:10 am

    Hi there. Congrats. A really great victory.

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