BROOKLINE, Mass. – Junior Dante Marini’s goal was the difference as Northeastern (14-2-4) defeated Boston College (8-6-5) 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday at Parsons Field. With the victory, NU broke the program record for most wins in a season.
The Huskies advanced to the second round to play Connecticut on Sunday.
Marini’s goal came in the 14th minute of play on a throw in from Nikko Lara. Don Anding was also credited with an assist. Senior goalkeeper Oliver Blum tied a career-high with nine saves as the Huskies tied the program record for most shutouts in a season.
Boston College outshot NU 17-10 for the match, including a 13-7 mark in the second half.
Despite an even statistical first half, it was the Huskies who carried the play through the first 45 minutes. Boston College held a 4-3 edge in shots and Blum made three saves in the opening frame.
The Eagles earned an early free kick from nearly 30 yards out and Kyle Bekker’s shot was recovered by Blum to his left.
NU struck in the 14th minute as Marini buried his first goal of the season. Off a Lara front flip throw in from the right side, Anding redirected the ball to the left of the cage. Marini was waiting to knock in his first goal in 21 matches.
Northeastern nearly went up by two in the 27th minute off another Lara throw in. Anding headed the ball towards the left of the cage, but Marini was whistled for offsides just as he went to net his second of the night.
The start of the second half saw back and forth action between the squads with both keepers being tested early. Andre Ciliotta took the ball to the top of the box before being clipped, but the official let the players carry on as Anding sent a low shot into Luthy’s stomach.
At the other end, Blum stood tall as Derrick Boateng fired a shot from the left side that the Husky keeper easily controlled.
The Eagles put heavy pressure 11 minutes into the second half as Nick Corliss’ shot in the box was blocked before Colin Murphy sent a shot just over the crossbar from 30 yards out.
In the 62nd minute, BC chipped the ball across the NU back line, where Boateng sent a soft shot just over the cross bar. The Huskies responded less than a minute later as Simon Cox collected a loose ball and sent a turnaround shot on goal that was saved by Luthy.
NU continued to pressure the ball as Marini dished the ball Anding. He took a quick touch before sending a shot on goal that was blocked by the defense. Seconds later, Donovan Fayd’Herbe de Maudave tried to thread a shot into the top left corner, but Luthy just got a glove on it to knock it out of bounds for a NU corner.
Blum came up big in the 81st minute as Stefan Carter got open and sent a shot on goal from point-blank range, but Blum was there to knock the ball away and secure the Husky win.