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2020 Women’s Hockey Recap: Looking back at college’s completed storylines

As we still sit hopeful there will be a next season, we take a moment to look back one the seasons that were able to conclude.

Boston College Athletics

This year everyone of the Boston area teams were able to make the playoffs. All but two of them finished with a loss, of the remaining three only one advanced past their quarterfinal matchup.

Boston University (24-8-4, 18-6-3 HEA) (2nd HEA)

The Terriers were the first team to be eliminated from NCAA contention when they were swept at the hands of Maine, including a double overtime thriller in game one of their series

The season that was

This season held high hopes for BU as they were coming off their first ever varsity Beanpot title and being led by a healthy complement of Jesse Compher, this years top NWHL draft pick Sammy Davis and solid goaltending out of Corinne Schroeder.

The season started off a little slow, which was partially due to Compher missing the first nine games including a pair against Northeastern, which put them in a big hole in their attempt to win the Hockey East regular season title. After that they would only lose three games in regulation, Boston College, Northeastern and Providence, along with a double overtime loss to the Huskies in the Beanpot Final, which officially is recorded as a tie.

The playoff sweep at the hands of Maine was rather shocking as the Terriers were far and away the number two team in Hockey East while the Black Bears got some surprising help from Holy Cross to tie up the seventh seed.

Boston College (17-16-3, 14-11-2 HEA) (4th HEA)

The Eagles were rather unlucky to draw a Connecticut team that had plagued them all season for their home quarterfinal meeting, falling in three games

The season that was

BC came out of the gates on fire. Then they had their annual questionable game against Maine that showed the first chink in their armor before losing to UConn which was one of three losses in four games and caused the Eagles to drop in the polls. For Thanksgiving they travelled to Nashville and tied then number one Minnesota in a game they would have won if there was video review and played then number two Wisconsin tightly, making the polls give them some more consideration again.

It was short lived, as they would then lose the next five games, only one of which was decided by less than 3 goals.

The rest of the season was filled with up and down play as they limped into the fourth seed needing help to avoid traveling to Connecticut instead of hosting them. While they were able to win game one UConn would take the next two en route to the Hockey East Championship game.

Harvard (18-14-1, 15-6-1 ECAC, 7-2-1 Ivy) (4th ECAC, 2nd Ivy)

The Crimson were the only one of these three teams to advance out of the quarterfinals though their extra life was short lived as they were blown out in the ECAC semifinals.

The season that was

Harvard was not expected to be a powerhouse this season like they have in years past. They started the season off strong beating the teams they should beat but also beating ranked Princeton on the road which surprised a number of people.

The buzz was short lived as they would start a losing streak and never beat a ranked team again. Their best result for the remainder was a tie against Princeton but included a number of losses by at least three goals and a 7-0 drubbing at Cornell.

Their quarterfinal matchup against archival Yale started off with a big win then came down to a combined 4 OT periods to finally advance before getting blown out by Cornell one more time in the semifinals.