Crew & Rowing, Ice Hockey, Sports, Tennis

Katie Lachapelle named U.S. assistant coach

COURTESY OF TENNYSON BRADY HUNT Men’s rowing came out victorious in its quest for its 7th consecutive Bill Cup victory while sporing Boston Marathon ribbons.
Men’s rowing came out victorious in its quest for its 7th consecutive Bill Cup victory while sporing Boston Marathon ribbons.

After helping lead the Boston University women’s hockey team to three Hockey East titles and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, assistant coach Katie Lachapelle was named an assistant coach to the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team.

Lachapelle will be joined at the assistant coaching helm by Boston College women’s hockey associate head coach Courtney Kennedy. Princeton University women’s hockey coach Jeff Kampersal will serve as the head coach of the team.

In her five seasons with the team, Lachapelle, who originally hails from Lewiston, Maine, has been an integral piece to a team that has emerged as one of the premier women’s hockey programs in the nation.

After a successful 2013 campaign that saw the Terriers (28-6-3, 18-2-1 Hockey East) fall in the National Championship game to the University of Minnesota, Lachapelle received the 2013 Women’s Ice Hockey Assistant Coach Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association.

Lachapelle was also a huge part of the 2011 Terrier team that advanced to the National Championship game, but ultimately lost to the University of Wisconsin.

Lachapelle is expected to help assist the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team this August, when the team takes part in the 2013 Women’s Under-18 Series in Lake Placid, N.Y. She is also expected to aid the team at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 World Championship, which is expected to take place sometime in the spring of 2014.


Men’s Rowing Defeats No. 14 Dartmouth to capture Bill Cup

The No. 15 Boston University men’s rowing team bounced back from last weekend’s loss to Northeastern University in a big way, defeating No. 14 Dartmouth College to capture the program’s eighth straight Bill Cup Sunday morning at the DeWolfe Boathouse.

The Terriers pulled off an impressive showing on the Charles River, winning three out of their four races against the Big Green.

In the premier varsity eight race for the Bill Cup, the Terriers beat Dartmouth by six and a half seconds with a winning time of 6:03:3.

The second varsity eight boat impressed as well, winning by six seconds and finishing with a time of 6:17:7.

The Terrier varsity four boat continued the team’s dominance on the day, defeating the Big Green by six seconds and finishing with a winning time of 7:16:1.

BU’s 3V/4V boat could not complete the sweep, losing by five seconds to the Big Green.

Last year, the Terriers defeated both Dartmouth and Rutgers University in Hanover, N.H., to win their seventh straight Bill Cup. BU swept all four races during that matchup.

The Terriers were originally scheduled to compete against the Big Green Saturday morning, but BU postponed the tournament in light of the citywide manhunt for the suspected perpetrators of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

The team’s next tournament will take it to New York April 27, where the Terriers will face off against No. 13 Syracuse University and No. 9 Columbia University.


Men’s Tennis wins in shutout

Sunday, the Boston University men’s tennis team faced off against the University of Hartford, and came away with a 7-0 win over the Hawks (3-17) on senior day at the Track and Tennis Center. The win ended the Terriers’ season on a strong note, and it became their first winning season since 2007.

With all four seniors competing in the doubles matches, BU (7-6) won all three of its contests, only losing two games along the way.

In the number one match, seniors Josh Friedman and Michael Kopelman took on junior Jordan Badenko and freshman Nicholas Sharwarko. The Terrier seniors had little trouble in their match, winning handedly by a score of 8-2.

In the number two slot, sophomore Chanon Varapongsittikul paired up with freshman Stefan Lemire to defeat seniors Josh Isaacson and Bogdan Nedelcu by a score of 8-0. The win was followed by another Terrier victory of the same score, when seniors Alex Hallenbeck and Marcus VanBerkel teamed up to defeat senior Edgardo Ureta and Luis Montes. With the sweep, the Terriers came away with the first point of the contest.

The success of the doubles matches carried over into the singles contests, as the Terriers swept those as well.

After Friedman and Kopelman paired up to win in the doubles contest, they each came away with victories in their singles matches.

Friedman squared off against Badenko again and defeated him in straight sets by scores of 6-0 and 6-3.

Kopelman faced Montes and also won in straight sets, winning 6-0 and 6-1.