Boston University and Providence College pulled off upsets in their respective semifinals to reach Sunday's Hockey East women's championship game.
Providence College won a battle of goaltending Saturday afternoon against top seeded Northeastern University, 2-0. Friars goaltender Genevieve Lacasse made 41 saves on the youthful Huskies offense to earn her third shutout in her past four games. It was the senior's 20th career shutout. The teams skated almost two entire frames without any scoring, but Providence freshman winger Haley Frade scored the game winning goal with mere seconds left in the second. Ashley Cottreell added an empty-netter to seal the deal for the Friars. Northeastern goal and Hockey East Player of the Year Florence Schelling made 23 saves in the loss.
Boston University kept their fast-tempo and unrelenting offense going in their 5-2 win over Boston College. Boston University's Louise Warren found the back of the net just over three minutes into the game, and the Terriers never looked back. Terrier center Marie-Philip Poulin had two goals on the afternoon, and Isabel Menard had three assists. Boston College freshman Emily Field pulled the Eagles within a goal of tying at the end of the first, but that was as close as the game got. Terrier goalie Kerrin Sperry made 33 saves, while Eagles goalie Corinne Boyles made 21.
Providence and Boston University will meet for the league title at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Hyannis, MA. The game will be aired on tape-delay on NESN at 4:30 p.m. The champion receives an auto-bid to the NCAA tournament.