2012 marked a mem­o­rable year for North­eastern Ath­letics, one in which players and teams cap­tured sev­eral records, awards, and impres­sive victories.

The women’s hockey team’s 2011-​​12 season was high­lighted by many notable accom­plish­ments: the most wins (22) in 10 years, the program’s first-​​ever Hockey East Reg­ular Season Cham­pi­onship, and the team’s first Beanpot cham­pi­onship since 1998, which they cap­tured after defeating Boston Uni­ver­sity 4–3 in an over­time thriller. Goal­tender Flo­rence Schelling, who is cur­rently playing in the Cana­dian Women’s Hockey League, was spec­tac­ular in net all season, posting a best-​​in-​​the-​​nation .950 save per­centage, and earned a slew of acco­lades, including Hockey East Player of the Year. She also set North­eastern career records in min­utes (5,878:40), goals-​​against average (.174), saves (2,681), and save per­centage (.940). Head coach Dave Flint, for his part, earned Hockey East Co-​​Coach of the Year and All-​​New Eng­land Coach of the Year honors.

Out­fielder Aaron Bar­bosa of Northeastern’s base­ball team broke the Huskies’ single-​​season hits record with an infield single in the fifth inning of a May 20 game against Delaware. Barbosa’s 3-​​for-​​4 showing at the plate upped his hits total to 76, breaking the pre­vious record of 74.

North­eastern swimmer Kelley Becherer cap­tured four medals at the London 2012 Par­a­lympic Games—gold in the 50– and 100-​​meter freestyle and bronze in the 100-​​meter breast­stroke and 200-​​meter indi­vidual medley. It marked the third time the She­boygan, Wis., native com­peted in the games. [media-​​credit id=20 align=“alignright” width=“300”]

In Sep­tember, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Ath­letics Director Peter Roby was appointed to the NCAA Divi­sion 1 men’s bas­ket­ball com­mittee, which is respon­sible for selecting and seeding the NCAA tour­na­ment field each season. Roby called the appoint­ment a tremen­dous honor and noted that he hoped his ser­vice on the com­mittee would bring pride and sat­is­fac­tion to the North­eastern community.

The women’s field hockey team spent the entire 2012 season ranked among the nation’s top 25, and earned a second-​​consecutive trip to the NCAA tour­na­ment. For­ward Crystal Poland was named the CAA Player of the Year and a first-​​team All-​​American, fol­lowing a record-​​breaking season in which she scored 28 goals and racked up 63 points. For­ward Deirdre Duke, for her part, was named CAA Rookie of the Year and a third-​​team All-​​American. Mean­while, head coach Cheryl Murtagh was named 2012 Dita/​NFHCA Divi­sion I North­east Region Co-​​Coach of the Year and also was hon­ored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Asso­ci­a­tion with induc­tion into the Zag Field Hockey/​NFHCA Hall of Fame.

The 2012 men’s soccer team won its first-​​ever CAA Cham­pi­onship and reached the NCAA Tour­na­ment for the first time in 10 years, beating Boston Col­lege, 1–0, in a first round game. During a pro­gram record 12-​​match unbeaten streak, the Huskies cracked the national rank­ings for the first time ever. Senior for­ward Don Anding became the first Husky in pro­gram his­tory to be named an NSCAA All-​​American, gar­nering third-​​team honors. The team’s 14 wins tied a career high for head coach Brian Ain­scough, who was named the CAA Co-​​Coach of the Year and the NSCAA South Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year.

The men’s bas­ket­ball team kicked off the 2012–13 season in sen­sa­tional fashion, win­ning its first two games with dra­matic buzzer-​​beating shots. In the season opener, the Huskies downed crosstown rival Boston Uni­ver­sity after sopho­more Demetrius Pol­lard sank a three-​​pointer in the closing sec­onds. Four nights later, North­eastern stormed back from an 18-​​point deficit to beat Princeton on a Reggie Spencer layup as time expired. The Huskies put together a stellar showing at the Great Alaska Shootout over Thanks­giving break, reaching the tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship game but ulti­mately falling to Charlotte.

Kelly Bacon, an out­side hitter on the women’s vol­ley­ball team, was named the 2012 CAA Vol­ley­ball Player of the Year. She became the third Husky to accom­plish that feat after a season in which she set career highs in kills per set (3.58), points per set (4.27), digs per set (2.71), and total blocks (37). In CAA play, Bacon’s 3.74 kills per set and 4.27 points per set ranked fourth in the entire conference.