It was a road win. It was a conference win. It was a rivalry win. But for arguably the first time in program history, the No. 4 Boston University women’s hockey team’s 4-1 win over No. 8 Boston College on Saturday was not an upset victory.
It was a weekend sweep that no one saw coming. The No. 8 Boston University men’s hockey team had just rebounded from its first true setback of the season ‘-’- a 5-1 drubbing at the No. 17 University of Massachusetts-Amherst ‘-’- with a shutout win over No. 4 Northeastern University two nights later.
The Boston University women’s basketball team started its five-game road trip with an unblemished 2-0 record before suffering back-to-back losses to the University of Iowa and the University of Portland this weekend in the Hawkeye Challenge, 83-58 and 74-62, respectively.
Northeastern University used to be in the same conference as Boston University. The Terriers and Huskies used to play twice (sometimes more) a year and exchanged blows as if both were championship fighters.
Superstitions are as much a part of sports as the games themselves. You know, I try to figure out what I contribute to a win or a loss ‘-’- I’m not going out onto the field, court or ice, so my performance, and thusly the team’s performance, is based on whether I properly execute my pre-game traditions.