Head Hockey Coach Jerry York doesn't expect to wait that long for the Eagles to get another shot at college hockey's biggest prize. With only two graduating seniors on the BC roster (defenseman Ken Hemenway and center Jamie O'Leary) the Eagles figure to remain in the sport's championship-level echelon for years to come.
"The future does look very, very bright for us," said York. "We have a lot of exceptional players spread out in our returning classes, and an outstanding freshman class coming in next September," York said.
Heading the list of players eligible to return in future seasons are forwards Marty Reasoner, the nation's leading scorer, and Brian Gionta, college hockey's top freshman scorer and Hockey East Rookie of the Year, and freshman goaltender Scott Clemmensen, who set an NCAA record for consecutive shutout minutes during his first varsity season.
The Eagles, Hockey East tournament champions and the number-three-ranked team in the nation, reached the NCAA championship game by beating Colorado College, 6-2, on March 30 in Albany and defeating Ohio State 5-1 in the semifinal game in the FleetCenter last Thursday. Boston College had not qualified for the NCAA title round since 1978, when the Eagles lost to Boston University, 5-3, in the championship game.
After the game, an estimated 1,500 students gathered outside of Conte Forum to welcome the Eagles back to campus. However, the celebration was marred by unruly students who set bonfires and caused damage to Modular Apartment units. Boston College Police reported four arrests for disorderly conduct, all of which were alcohol-related.
As the result of the disturbance, University administrators met several times earlier this week and pledged to suspend and prosecute students found to have been involved in lighting fires or assaulting public safety officers.
"We're looking at serious suspensions and [legal] actions being taken," Dean for Student Development Robert Sherwood told more than 75 Mod student representatives summoned to a meeting with top Student Affairs administrators in Walsh Hall Monday night. "A lot of suspensions will come out of this. And if that means a huge number of students not graduating, that's a tragedy, but we intend to hold students responsible. We are intent on going through this as thoroughly as we can."
-Reid Oslin and Mark Sullivan
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