Celebrating a first: All UMass Boston winter sports teams hosting playoff games
For the first time in UMass Boston history, all four winter sports teams are hosting a conference tournament game.
“It really shows the hard work the student athletes put in this year,” said Men’s Hockey Coach Peter Belisle. “Now it’s on to a new postseason with hopes of championships to be won. Let’s get our student body and campus community out to support our teams!”
The playoff push begins on Saturday, February 17 with a New England Conference Tournament doubleheader in the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink. The No. 2 women’s hockey team (10-11-4) will host No. 7 Salve Regina University (4-20-1), a team the Beacons beat last year in the postseason, at 3 p.m.
“Our team has worked hard to get to this point and they’re excited for our quarterfinal game,” said Women’s Hockey Coach Lindsay Berman. “We know that we have a tough task ahead, but we have prepared all season for this moment.”
After the women’s game, the No. 4 men’s hockey team (16-9-0) will take on No. 5 New England College (12-11-2) at 7 p.m. for the fourth time this season. The Beacons have the edge, 2-1. The women’s game is free; tickets for the men’s game are free for UMass Boston students, general admission tickets are $5, and college students with an ID can get in for $3. Both games will be broadcast online.
The women’s basketball team, with a program record 22 wins, will host just the second Little East Conference postseason game in school history on Tuesday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m. The men’s team will host their first tournament game in over a decade at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Both contests will take place in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium. The teams will find out who they will be playing on Saturday.
“We are truly excited about this part of the season, where all the hard work comes to fruition. It is super exciting for us to be so young and to be able to play in front of our friends and family for the quarterfinals,” Women’s Head Coach Kristina Baugh said.
“It’s a credit to the guys that bought in early and stayed bought in. It’s a long season and it’s taken us a while to figure out who we are,” said Men’s Basketball Coach Jason Harris. “We are excited about earning a home playoff game and look to build on our success moving forward.”