The women's hockey head coach talks about the Eagles' record-setting season in review
Emily Field caps career with a Frozen Four goal, but Harvard scores two third-period goals to end the Eagles' season
BC and Harvard meet for a chance to contend for the National Championship
The Eagles will make their fifth Frozen Four appearance after a 5-1 win vs. #7 Clarkson Saturday
BC earns the No. 2 seed, its highest ever seed entering the NCAA Tournament
Photos courtesy of Jim Rosvold (USCHO.com) and the Associated Press
Katie King Crowley enters her seventh season as the Boston College women's ice hockey head coach.
In her sixth season, Crowley coached her team to a 27-7-3 mark - setting BC's win record - and the team notched a 17-2-2 record in Hockey East play, the best conference record in school history. For her efforts, Crowley was named Hockey East Coach of the Year and New England Division I Women's Coach of the Year. The Eagles entered the 2013 NCAA tournament as a four seed and reached the Frozen Four for the third consecutive season. BC defeated Harvard 3-1 in the quarterfinals before falling to top-ranked Minnesota 3-2 in overtime in the semifinals. BC was looking to end Minnesota's 47-game winning streak, as the team got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Emily Field, but after two consecutive goals by Minnesota in the third period and game-tying goal by Lexi Bender in the final frame, Sarah Davis notched the game-winning goal for the Golden Gophers just 1:39 into overtime. Although the team fell short of the National Championship, it was a record-filled year for the Eagles, highlighted by Alex Carpenter. The sophomore forward set the single-season school record for points (70), assists (38), plus/minus rating (+46), and consecutive games with a point (24). Carpenter was also named New England Player of the Year, a first-team Hockey East All-Star, a second-team All-American, and will be playing on the 2013-13 USA National women's hockey team.
The 2011-12 campaign proved to be another successful one at the helm for Crowley. The Eagles finished the year with a 24-10-3 record, good for second in the Hockey East and the fourth overall seed in the 2012 NCAA Women's tournament. Led by freshman Alex Carpenter and Emily Field, the Eagles returned to the Frozen Four for a second straight season. After defeating St. Lawrence in the quarterfinals, BC looked to avenge their 2011 loss in the semifinals against Wisconsin. BC jumped out to an early on a goal from Emily Field at the 57 second mark of the first period, but the Badgers responded with five unanswered goals en route to a 6-2 victory over the Eagles. Despite an abrupt end to the season, the Eagles were able to garner many awards and accolades throughout the season. Freshman Alex Carpenter was a Hockey East All-Star and named to the Hockey East All-Rookie alongside of teammates Emily Pfalzer and Emily Field. Bolden and Carpenter were nominated for the Patty Kazmaier award for the top player in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey. Taylor Wasylk made appearances in two games for the U.S. National Team at the 2012 IIHF World Championships joining former Eagles, Molly Schaus and Kelli Stack.
The 2010-11 season saw Crowley guide the Eagles to a 24-7-6 mark - tying BC's win record - en route to claiming the first women's Hockey East title in school history. The return of two Vancouver Olympians, goaltender Molly Schaus and forward Kelli Stack, strengthened an already talented lineup and helped propel BC to its second Frozen Four in four seasons. The 4-1 defeat of Minnesota - another first for the program - pitted the fourth-seeded Eagles against defending national champion Wisconsin in the national semifinal, where BC erased a two goal deficit in the third period before a last second goal by the Badgers ended the monumental season. While in Erie, Pa., Boston College celebrated Stack as a top three finalist for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Award, also recognizing Schaus as a top 10 finalist. The night before the Frozen Four Schaus was tabbed a first-team All-American, while Stack earned a second-team All-American honor just weeks after becoming Hockey East's first three-time Player of the Year. Forwards Mary Restuccia and Danielle Welch, as well as defensemen Meagan Mangene joined the captains on the All-Conference squad. The New England All-Star lineup also featured Restuccia, Schaus and Stack - the New England Player of the Year. Hockey East recognized freshman Taylor Wasylk as Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on four occasions, with classmate Melissa Bizzari receiving two mentions. Welch's Pure Hockey Player of the Week award added to Stack's five and Schaus' two as Defensive Player of Week. When all was said and done, Stack and Schaus had combined for five Hockey East Player of the Month accolades.
During her third season, Crowley saw two of her players win silver medals for Team USA at the XXI Vancouver Winter Olympics. Schaus and Stack competed in February 2010, before returning to BC for a final year of collegiate hockey the following year. Back at the Heights, the Eagles finished 8-17-10 on the season. Allie Thunstrom was nominated for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier award, and Kiera Kingston was named Bauer Goaltender of the Month (February). In March, Blake Bolden and Ashley Motherwell earned Hockey Easy All-Rookie Team Honors, while Thunstrom earned Second-Team Honors. Crowley also served as the head coach for Team USA at the 2010 World Women's Under-18 Championships, where her team won silver.
In her second season as head coach, Crowley guided the team to a 22-9-5 overall record, a Beanpot Championship, an appearance in the Hockey East Championship game and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Under her direction two players earned the program's first All-American honors, Schaus became BC's first ever Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalist, three players were named to the New England Hockey Writers All-Star First Team, five players earned spots on All Hockey East team (three first team, one second and one rookie), two Eagles played on the U.S. National and Select Teams and Stack was named Hockey East Player of the Year for the second time. The Eagles record helped earn them their second ever NCAA berth in the quarterfinals where they faced Minnesota for a chance to play in the Frozen Four. Crowley was also involved with USA Hockey as an assistant coach for the U-18 team that won the gold medal at the World Championships in January.
In the 2007-08 season, her first season at the helm, she guided the Eagles to a 14-13-7 record. The team finished one point shy of making the Hockey East tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Crowley coached two Hockey East All-Stars and three Eagles played for the U.S. National Team throughout the season. Before taking over the head coaching position, Crowley was an assistant coach at BC for four years. She helped lead the team from a sub-.500 team to one of the premier programs in Hockey East. In 2006-07, the Eagles played in their first NCAA Tournament, going all the way to the Frozen Four before losing to Minnesota-Duluth in double overtime.
Crowley's playing days include many U.S. victories and medals. She was a member of the 2005-06 Women's National Ice Hockey Team and skated in her third Olympic Games in Torino, Italy where Team USA won the bronze medal. She registered her second Olympic hat trick against Finland in the bronze-medal game. After the 2006 Winter Olympics, Crowley retired from playing hockey with 265 points in 210 international games. She is the all-time leading scorer for Team USA in Olympic contests, and second-highest scorer for the U.S. in all international play.
Crowley was a member of the Women's National Team that won its first-ever gold medal at the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship. As a standing member of the U.S. National Team from 1997 to 2006, she also competed in the Four Nations Cup, World Championship Tournaments and the first three Winter Olympics when women's ice hockey was an official event. Crowley won a gold medal in the 1998 Olympics and a silver medal in the 2002 Games. She took home nine consecutive silver medals in the World Championships (1993-2001) and a gold medal in 2005 with Team USA.
Crowley has worked with many national teams. The Eagles skipper was named head coach of the 2010 Under-18 National Team that captured a silver medal at the IIHF World Championship. A year prior to that, she served as an assistant coach for the Under-18 National Team that won gold at the IIHF World Championship in Germany and the U-18 Select Team. In 2006, she worked with the Under-22 Select Team. She has also worked as a lecturer, coach and instructor at numerous hockey camps throughout New England. She currently sits on the Executive Board at USA Hockey as an Athlete Director.
While a student at Brown, Crowley earned ECAC's Ice Hockey Player of the Year in 1997 and Ivy League Player of the Year three times. She is the Bears' all-time leading scorer with 206 points, racking up 123 goals and 83 assists in 100 career games. Crowley served as team captain as a junior and senior. Crowley also lettered in softball while at Brown and served as a three-time team captain. She garnered Ivy League Player of the Year in 1996 and the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year in 1997. She is a Hall of Fame inductee for both hockey and softball at Brown.
The Salem, N.H., native graduated from Brown in 1997 with a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Management. Crowley's alma mater awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2011.
She married Ted Crowley, a former BC men's hockey player, in the summer of 2010.