A pair of dra­matic vic­to­ries high­lighted a thrilling weekend for North­eastern ath­letics. The men’s bas­ket­ball team defeated Boston Uni­ver­sity in its season opener on Friday night at Matthews Arena with a dra­matic last-​​second shot and the men’s soccer team cap­tured its first-​​ever Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence title by beating Hof­stra 1–0 in double over­time at Vidas Field in Philadel­phia. With the win, the soccer team secured an auto­matic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Trailing by two points in the final sec­onds, sopho­more Demetrius Pol­lard drained a three pointer with just over one second remaining to down crosstown rival BU 65–64, sending the rau­cous home crowd of 3,242 into a frenzy.

North­eastern has now topped the Ter­riers in three straight season openers.

Three Huskies scored in double fig­ures. North­eastern senior Joel Smith led all scorers on Friday night with 20 points; sopho­more Reggie Spencer scored a career-​​high 18 points to go along with seven rebounds; and Quincy Ford chipped in 11 points and snared a game-​​high nine rebounds.

The Huskies return to action on Tuesday evening in a road game against the Princeton Tigers.

The men’s soccer team, mean­while, extended its 2012 cam­paign in dra­matic fashion on Sunday in the CAA Cham­pi­onship when senior for­ward Don Anding—the CAA Player of the Year—netted the deci­sive goal with 4:38 left in double over­time. On the play, junior Dante Marini touched the ball over to Anding, who then fired a 20-​​yard left-​​footed shot that hooked into the right side of the net. It was Anding’s league-​​leading 14th goal of the season. He was hon­ored as the Most Out­standing Per­former of the cham­pi­onship and was joined by Conner Alexander, Oliver Blum and Jonathan Eck­ford in being named to the CAA All-​​Tournament Team.

Men’s soccer is headed back to the NCAA Tour­na­ment for the first time since 2002. Photo cour­tesy of Colo­nial Ath­letic Association.

The con­fer­ence title was the team’s second in pro­gram his­tory and first since joining the CAA. The Huskies also tied a pro­gram record for vic­to­ries in a season with 13.

Men’s soccer will take on Boston Col­lege in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Divi­sion I Men’s Soccer Tour­na­ment on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Par­sons Field.

In other action this weekend:

•    The men’s hockey team (4–4-1) swept non-​​conference foe Alabama-​​Huntsville at Matthews Arena. On Sat­urday night, the Huskies won 3–0 behind 19 saves from goalie Chris Rawl­ings, whose 10th career shutout marked a pro­gram record. On Sunday night, North­eastern pre­vailed 3–1.

•    The women’s vol­ley­ball team (20–6, 9–3 CAA) went 1–1 over the weekend in a pair of road matches, falling to James Madison on Friday night and defeating George Mason 3–0 on Sat­urday in its reg­ular season finale.

North­eastern will head to Towson, Md., next weekend for the CAA Tour­na­ment. First serve between the No. 3 seed Huskies and No. 6 seed James Madison Dukes is set for 4 p.m. on Friday. The match will be streamed live on CAA​.com.

•    In its season opener on Sunday after­noon, the North­eastern women’s bas­ket­ball team lost to Eastern Michigan 50–47. The Huskies led by as many as 17, but the Eagles defense tight­ened up in the second half. Senior cap­tain Deanna Kerkhof led the Huskies in scoring with 14 points, and also grabbed a career-​​high 11 rebounds to notch her first career double-​​double. The team returns to action on Thursday at LaSalle.

•    On Sat­urday after­noon, the women’s hockey team (8–1-2) upended Ver­mont 4–1 behind two goals by Casey Pickett and 23 saves by goal­tender Chloe Des­jardins. On Sunday after­noon, the two teams clashed again, with the game ending in a 4–4 tie.

•    The women’s field hockey team’s season ended this weekend when the third-​​seeded Huskies fell to the Uni­ver­sity of Con­necticut 2–1 in double over­time in the NCAA Tour­na­ment. The Huskies gave an extra­or­di­nary effort, playing without all-​​time leading scorer Crystal Poland, who was side­lined with an injury.