Cheryl Murtagh led the women’s field hockey team to strong 14–7 (5–2 CAA) record and an NCAA appear­ance this season. Now, she has been hon­ored as the 2012 Dita /​ NFHCA Divi­sion I North­east Region Co-​​Coach of the Year, as selected by her peers.

This marks the eighth time in Murtagh’s remark­able career that she has received the honor; she will share the award with Mass­a­chu­setts’ Carla Tagliente.

Murtagh’s team this season was filled with talent, including the CAA Player of the Year, Crystal Poland, and the CAA Rookie of the Year, Deirdre Duke. Both Poland (28 goals, 7 assists) and Duke (14 goals, 6 assists) earned All-​​America status, fol­lowing their spec­tac­ular sea­sons. The dynamic duo led a pack of Huskies earning both con­fer­ence and national recog­ni­tion for their out­standing play. Six Huskies — Poland, Duke, Lizzie Priest, Nicky Graham, Allison Conti and Zoe Kale — earned All-​​CAA honors, while Poland and Conti both rep­re­sented NU in this year’s NFHCA Senior Game.

In 25 full sea­sons at North­eastern, Murtagh has com­piled an impres­sive 347–190-10 record. This season, Northeastern’s 14 wins tied for most in pro­gram his­tory since 2005, and the Huskies reached both the CAA Cham­pi­onship and the NCAA tour­na­ment for the second year in a row. Murtagh has led the Huskies to a total of 16 NCAA appear­ances, and her 364 total career wins ranks in the top-​​10 all-​​time in Divi­sion I history.

In Sep­tember of this year, the National Field Hockey Coaches Asso­ci­a­tion announced that Murtagh would be cel­e­brated as one of three mem­bers in the NFHCA Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.

In other sporting news, North­eastern men’s soccer head coach Brian Ain­scough has been named the NSCAA Divi­sion I South Atlantic regional Coach of the Year for the first time in his career fol­lowing the team’s most suc­cessful season in pro­gram history.

Brian Ain­scough led the men’s soccer team to a 14–3-4 record in 2012, set­ting season records for most vic­to­ries and fewest losses.

The eighth-​​year coach led North­eastern to a 14–3-4 record in 2012, set­ting season records for most vic­to­ries and fewest losses. During the season, the Huskies also set a pro­gram record for longest win­ning streak (12).

The 2012 men’s soccer team cap­tured the program’s first-​​ever CAA Tour­na­ment title with a thrilling 1–0 win against Hof­stra, pro­pelling North­eastern into the NCAA tour­na­ment for the first time since 2002. During the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment, Ain­scough was named the CAA Co-​​Coach of the Year, the first for a Husky head coach since 2002.

At the height of the team’s 12-​​match unbeaten streak, North­eastern also earned the program’s first-​​ever national ranking on Oct. 30, coming in at No. 25 in the NSCAA/​Continental Tire NCAA Divi­sion I Men’s National Poll.

As a regional award winner, Ain­scough is now eli­gible for selec­tion as the Divi­sion I national coach of the year, which will be announced in January.

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