July 1, 2009
This summer, GoTerriers.com is counting down the top 12 achievements of Boston University teams and student-athletes in 2008-09, one of the greatest years ever for Terrier athletics. Check back each Monday, Wednesday and Friday as we reveal this year's Terrier Twelve.
Coming in at No. 2 in this year's Terrier Twelve is the softball team's magical run through the America East Softball Championship and the NCAA Atlanta Regional, where it upset Iowa and Auburn en route to its first appearance in a regional final in 13 years. The Terriers broke a single-season team record for wins (43), while freshman Emily Roesch made a statement in her first season, earning the conference's Rookie of the Year honor.
After earning a 14-6 record in the America East's regular season, the Terriers entered the conference tournament as the second-seeded team and began the tourney with a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over third-seeded Albany, backed by a two-run home run from senior Brooke Hudson to tie the game and a walk-off double from classmate Nora Militz to complete the triumph. In the second game, they breezed by regular-season champion Stony Brook with a 6-1 victory before claiming BU's seventh America East crown with a 7-1 win over Albany on Saturday, May 9.
Junior Cassidi Hardy, an America East All-Conference Second Team honoree, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player as she pitched every single inning for the Terriers, while Hudson, Militz, and senior Melissa Dubay joined her on the all-tournament team.
The squad carried its momentum into NCAA tournament, where it faced host Georgia Tech in the first game of the regionals. While the Terriers fell, 5-1, to the Yellow Jackets, BU stayed close with them through five scoreless innings before the 14th-ranked Yellow Jackets scored five runs on three hits in the sixth inning. The Terriers bounced back from the loss with a 3-1 triumph over Iowa as it faced elimination. Hudson again provided the heroics with a solo home run in the second inning as the team went on to win its first victory in the NCAA tourney in 13 years. BU kept the ball rolling with its 5-0 triumph over Auburn the following day, powered by back-to-back home runs from sophomore April Setterlund and Dubay in the first inning. Despite a loss in the finals, the Terriers proved they could complete with the nation's elite as they eliminated two opponents in as many days.
In addition to Roesch's Rookie of the Year honor, many other Terriers received accolades from the America East. Setterlund and Militz were named to the conference's All-Conference First Team, while senior Shayne Lotito, Hardy and Dubay were named to the All-Conference Second Team and freshman Erica Casacci joined Roesch on the all-rookie team.
The Terriers completed their historic season with single-season team records for wins (43), hits (453), doubles (83) and stolen bases (94). Senior Shayne Lotito finished her career as the program's all-time leader in runs (150), at-bats (712) and stolen bases (93), while classmate Melissa Dubay tied the career RBI record (124). Fellow senior Christy Leath will graduate as BU's all-time walks leader (119). Along with classmates Brooke Hudson, Nora Militz and Megan Coughlin, this group graduates as the all-time winningest class in program history.
The Terrier Twelve
No. 3 - Men's Soccer Wins America East, NCAA Tournament Game
No. 4 - Women's Basketball Runs America East Table
No. 5 - Men's Crew Charges to Grand Finals at IRA Regatta
No. 6 - Lacrosse Extends AE Dynasty as Dalton Wrecks Records
No. 7 - Women's Soccer Maintains Reign Over America East
No. 8 - Women's Tennis Continues America East Dominance
No. 9 - Conference Crown and All-Americans for Women's Track
No. 10 - Women's Swimming & Diving Conquers America East
No. 11 - Women's Ice Hockey Cracks National Rankings
No. 12 - Rickett Rewrites Records at America East Championship
A Letter from Athletic Director Mike Lynch