Sev­eral of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity men’s and women’s var­sity ath­letics teams kicked their sea­sons into high-​​gear this weekend, knocking off ranked oppo­nents and flexing their scoring touch in tour­na­ments around the country. The women’s vol­ley­ball team, for example, col­lected its second-​​consecutive Beanpot Classic tour­na­ment; the men’s soccer team won a thrilling double-​​overtime season opener; and the men’s bas­ket­ball team con­cluded a strong exhi­bi­tion tour in Canada.

The vol­ley­ball team (3–0) got its season off to a hot start by win­ning all three Beanpot Classic games, including a vic­tory over defending North­east Con­fer­ence cham­pions Sacred Heart, 3–1, on Sat­urday evening at Solomon Court. The Huskies beat Alabama, 3–2, in its first game of the tour­na­ment Friday night, and fol­lowed up the win by edging Holy Cross, 3–0, on Sat­urday afternoon.

The men’s soccer (1–0) team also kicked off the season in thrilling fashion, dis­patching Prov­i­dence, 2–1, at Par­sons Field on Friday night. Trailing 1–0 with less than five min­utes remaining in reg­u­la­tion, junior defenseman Conner Alexander gath­ered a loose ball, sprinted down the left side and fired a shot past the goalie to force over­time. With 30 sec­onds remaining in double over­time, junior mid­fielder Lau­rence Braude col­lected a loose ball on the left side, ran into the box and beat the goalie for his third career game-​​winning goal, lifting the Huskies over the Friars.

It feels unbe­liev­able,” said head coach Brian Ain­scough of the win. “For me and the boys, we’ve lost a lot of those games and left a lot of points on the table in the past, so this gives them a lot of con­fi­dence. The players played very well and we are ecstatic to get the win.”

The men’s bas­ket­ball team fin­ished its eight-​​day, seven-​​game Cana­dian tour with an impres­sive 105–84 win over Queen’s Uni­ver­sity on Friday after­noon. The Huskies engi­neered a 40–9 run midway through the first half to erase a 14-​​point deficit and seize con­trol of the game.

The Huskies went 6–1 on the exhi­bi­tion tour, also making stops in Sher­brooke, Quebec City, Mon­treal, Ottawa and Kingston and fea­turing wins over Bishop’s, Laval, McGill, Ottawa, Lau­rentian and Queen’s. The men’s bas­ket­ball reg­ular season opens on Nov. 9 at rival Boston University.

While the bas­ket­ball team was racking up wins north of the border, the women’s field hockey team (2–0) was in Ken­tucky, beating two top-​​25 ranked oppo­nents to win the Sher­rill Brak­meier Classic. On Friday night, the team opened its 2012 cam­paign by taking down No. 23 Louisville, 3–2, in a defen­sive struggle that fea­tured goals from Crystal Poland, Lindsay Ben­nett and Deirdre Duke. On Sunday after­noon, the Huskies defeated No. 20 North­western, 2–1, on the strength of two Poland strikes.

The women’s soccer team (0–3) also played out-​​of-​​state games last weekend, falling in both of its matches in Ohio, including a heart-​​breaking double-​​overtime 2–1 defeat at the hands of Cincin­nati on Sunday. The team lost to Ohio State 3–0 on Friday.

Con­tent from gonu​.com was used in this story.