Wednesday, September 16, 2009

News and Notes

It's a busy time for Northeastern Athletics. If you blinked, you may have missed that has had 11 pieces of news since Tuesday morning. Here's an opportunity to catch up:

Women's hockey at Fenway tonight
Tonight, women's hockey coaches Linda Lundrigan & Lauren McAuliffe and tri-captains Katy Applin, Annie Hogan and Julia Marty will be at Fenway Park tonight promoting the Huskies' Jan. 8 game vs. New Hampshire, which will be played at the hallowed Fenway grounds. If you're heading to the game tonight, wear some Northeastern red in addition to your Red Sox red.

Men's hoops playing in ESPN's marathon
The Huskies are playing Siena on ESPN Nov. 17 at noon. The Huskies are taking part in the network's 24-Hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. For you college basketball junkies, there will be 19 live games on the ESPN family of networks. Now, you probably think playing at noon on a Tuesday is odd, but the 6 a.m. contest between Monmouth and St. Peter's is probably going to be the oddest thing you'll ever see. For more analysis, check out Andy Katz's blog entry.

On an interesting note, is releasing its rankings of all 347 Division I college basketball teams, and the web site has ranked Northeastern No. 62. Rivals really believes in the Huskies because they are ahead of teams from bigger conferences such as Notre Dame (No. 64), LSU (No. 65), Arizona (No. 68), Missouri (No. 75), Marquette (No. 83) and Providence (No. 89). The Huskies return four starters from last season's team and their goal is to get back to the NCAA Tournament.

Fred Cusick passes
Sad news about Fred Cusick, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 90. Cusick is best known for being the voice of the Boston Bruins for 45 years, be it on the radio or on television. What a lot of people don't know is that Cusick lettered in hockey and football at Northeastern, dabbled in some baseball and graduated from the university in 1942.

Women's soccer No. 1 in Mid-Atlantic
The Huskies are on a tear, winning four of their first five with lots of goals and stellar goalkeeping. As a result, the NSCAA has ranked them first in its Mid-Atlantic poll. They're also on the cusp of being ranked in the national top 25. The Huskies host BU this weekend and a win could go a long way towards cracking the national rankings.

Pam Aldridge named Student-Athlete of the Week
There's nothing like leading your team to victory, and that's what Pam Aldridge did when she scored the game-winner in the field hockey team's 4-3 win over BU last Sunday. So it seemed fitting that she was named NU's Student-Athlete of the Week. The Huskies are going for four wins in a row tonight as they face Providence.

Watch Rocky Hager at the New England Football Writers luncheon
Each week, football head coach Rocky Hager addresses the media at the New England Football Writers luncheon at Harvard's Dillon Field House. Now fans can watch him speak live at Harvard's if you buy the All-Access Pass. Fans can also get the archived video at You can get some good insight on the team. Today, Hager mentioned that Alex Dulski is on the road to recovery and even practiced last night. Don't be surprised if he's on the field this Saturday.

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