The Eagles were once again a team in the national conversation but were unable to grab one of the big trophies.
What Happened Last Year
After slightly performing above expectations in the regular season the Eagles crash landed at the hand of their usual postseason foil Connecticut in Hockey East and then again in the NCAA tournament this time to Ohio State.
The start of the season was a bit uneven but it included a road win over national runner up Northeastern. Boston College would go on a nine game winning streak before falling flat losing three of their last four, including both postseason games by multiple goals.
This was not a transfer many saw coming. With Barnes away for the year in Beijing for the Olympics, BC could not afford more loss on the blue line. Unfortunately for them, and rather fortuitously for Ohio State, Hartmetz decided to fly away from Chestnut Hill. The pervasive rumor of what caused her flight has to do with the COVID vaccination requirement implemented by the school early in the offseason.
Boyle was sought after when she signed with Clarkson initially and then when she transferred to Robert Morris she got a lot of a ttention again. This season with the shocking demise of the Colonials program she became available for a third time and the denizens of the Heights decided not to miss a third time. She should fit in nicely to replace the loss of Norcross and give the Eagles some depth.
What to expect this year
The Eagles are likely the favorites to finish second in Hockey East and will contend with Northeastern for the three trophies (Beanpot, regular season and tournament). Coach Crowley never fails to have her team in the conversation at the end of the season.