With three of the conference’s biggest stars returning from national team centralization, Hockey East teams will look to be much more dominant on a national level this year. Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern have ruled the league recently, though Vermont worked its way into the conversation last year with much more parity throughout the conference. The Hockey East Tournament has had big NCAA Tournament implications in recent years, with the autobid earning the Terriers a ticket multiple times while they were on the bubble.
This year, the conference’s top teams hope to do more than just find their way into the NCAA Tournament. They’ll look to establish themselves as some of the nation’s most elite teams as they each try and become the first team to take home a national title in Hockey East. Here’s how we see things stacking up in the league this season.
1. Boston University Terriers
Head Coach: Brian Durocher (10th Year)
2013-14 Record: 24-13-1 (14-7-0/Second Place Hockey East, defeated Boston College to win Hockey East title)
NCAA Tournament: Eighth Seed; Defeated by Minnesota in quarterfinals
Key Departures: F Louise Warren, D Kaleigh Fratkin, G Kerrin Sperry
Key Returners: F Sarah Lefort, F Maddie Elia, F Kayla Tutino, F Samantha Sutherland, D Shannon Doyle, D Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga
Key Additions: F Marie-Philip Poulin, F Victoria Bach, F Rebecca Leslie, D Savannah Newton, G Erin O’Neil
After a bit of an unsteady start to the season in 2013-14, the Terriers fought their way back into the national picture over the second half of the year. They couldn’t make up enough ground to be in consideration for an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, but they knocked off Boston College in the Hockey East championship game to clinch an autobid. BU didn’t have much gas left in the tank after that and bowed out to a much deeper Minnesota team in the quarterfinals. This year, the Terriers are looking to get off to a much hotter start and assert themselves as a team to beat nationally.
Marie-Philip Poulin makes her return to the team for her senior year after capturing gold with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which is good news for BU, as she’s widely regarded as the best player in the world. She’ll carry the club just as she’s done throughout her first three years, while Sarah Lefort will be another go-to option for the Terriers. Maddie Elia, Samantha Sutherland, and Kayla Tutino will also produce, and incoming freshman Victoria Bach could see some top-six time. Boston University has some nice depth up front as well with Rebecca Russo and Jordan Juron able to provide quality minutes.
The loss of 30-point defenseman Kaleigh Fratkin will take some adjusting to, but the return of Shannon Doyle will help things along. Before missing the 2013-14 season with injury, Doyle put up six goals and 24 assists, and led the league with 89 blocked shots. Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga and Sarah Steele are BU’s other blue line assets, and incoming freshman Savannah Newton could make an impact right away.
The Terriers will also have to cope with the graduation of goaltender Kerrin Sperry, who was well-established as one of the league’s best netminders. Sophomore Victoria Hanson only saw action in six games last season; Boston University is more likely to look towards freshman Erin O’Neil, who competed with Team USA at the 2014 U18 World Championships. There will be some growing pains in net but a solid year from O’Neil would help the team greatly.
Between Poulin, Lefort, Tutino, Elia, Sutherland, and Bach, the Terriers have an all-star forward line-up. They’ve got fewer questions to answer up front than they did last season, and they should also be able to roll three competitive lines, which will make a big difference when it comes to wearing down opposing defenses. Their own defense isn’t the deepest, but Doyle leads a responsible top-four whose focus will be to keep things simple defensively and get the puck up the ice. The loss of Sperry in net hurts, but if O’Neil can step in as a quality starter right away, the Terriers will be in business.
Pivotal Series: October 3-4 vs. St. Cloud and Minnesota. The Terriers are taking part in a season-opening tournament hosted by the Gophers, and the stakes could not be higher for the first weekend of competition. Both games are meaningful anyways, as Boston University will be aiming for good non-conference showings to improve their standing in the PairWise, but the Terriers will also be looking to take down Minnesota after falling to them in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals last season.
2. Boston College Eagles
Head Coach: Katie King Crowley (Eighth Season)
2013-14 Record: 27-7-3 (18-2-1/First Place Hockey East, defeated by Boston University in championship game)
NCAA Tournament: Fifth Seed; Defeated by Clarkson in quarterfinals
Key Departures: F Taylor Wasylk, F Melissa Bizzari, G Corinne Boyles
Key Returners: F Haley Skarupa, F Andie Anastos, F Emily Field, F Dana Trivigno, F Kate Leary, D Lexi Bender, D Emily Pfalzer
Key Additions: F Alex Carpenter, F Tori Sullivan, F Kenzie Kent, D Megan Keller, D Toni Ann Miano, G Kate Burt
The Eagles were the class of Hockey East last season, capturing the regular season title by a pretty big margin. They had some trouble carrying that success over to the postseason, however, and lost the Hockey East championship to Boston University before falling to Clarkson in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. This year, BC fields a squad that’s bursting with talent, at least on paper, though they’re a fairly young team that still has a lot to prove when it comes to winning championships.
Haley Skarupa was the Eagles’ star player up front last season with Alex Carpenter training for and competing in the Olympics, and she did well, but Carpenter will be a welcome addition. She was an All-American in 2012-13, and she looks poised for a huge season. She’s a dynamic, game-breaking player who can shoulder a lot of the weight. Along with Carpenter and Skarupa, BC has other threats in Andie Anastos, Emily Field, and Dana Trivigno, who should all be point-per-game players or better this year. With senior Kate Leary, who scored 12 goals and 29 points last season, and U.S. U18 alumni Tori Sullivan and Kenzie Kent, the Eagles should be able to build three productive lines.
Boston College had a difficult time finding a real leader on the blue line in 2013-14; Lexi Bender was the team’s most effective defenseman earlier in the year, but Emily Pfalzer picked up the pace later on. The team will expect more out of Pfalzer this year, who’s capable of putting up points but as a senior will need to be more of go-to option in all situations. Freshman Megan Keller had a really good showing for Team USA in their U22 Series against Canada in August, and she should be able to step in right away for the Eagles. Classmate and U.S. U18 teammate Toni Ann Miano brings plenty of skill as well and has a high ceiling.
The Eagles’ one real problem area is in goal. Corinne Boyles was the team’s starter for the past three years, but she has since graduated, and her back-up, Megan Keller, transferred out to the University of Wisconsin. Junior Taylor Blake is BC’s lone returning goaltender, and she hasn’t seen any action besides one period against Maine two years ago. It’s much more likely that the Eagles will look towards incoming freshmen Kate Burt and Gabriella Switaj. Burt probably has the edge going in, as she has experience at the U18 World Championships with Team USA, but Switaj has been to multiple National Development Camps and shouldn’t be overlooked either.
Boston College boasts the conference’s most formidable offense with Alex Carpenter leading the way up front, and plenty of other scoring options surrounding her. Defense as a whole was a weakness for the team last season, but the Eagles are hoping that Pfalzer and Bender can take control of things this year and that their freshman class can make an impact right away. Goaltending has to be a concern going in, and it could be the team’s downfall, but if Burt or Switaj can come through, BC’s hopes of winning postseason hardware will get a lot brighter.
3. Northeastern Huskies
Head Coach: Dave Flint (Seventh Year)
2013-14 Record: 19-14-2 (13-6-2/Third Place Hockey East, defeated by Boston University in semifinals)
Key Departures: F Kelly Wallace, F Katie MacSorley, F Brittany Esposito, D Sonia St. Martin, D Jordan Hampton
Key Returners: F Paige Savage, F Hayley Scamurra, D Colleen Murphy, D Heather Mottau, G Chloe Desjardins
Key Additions: F Kendall Coyne, F Denisa Krizova, F Shelby Herrington, F McKenna Brand, F Taytum Clairmont, D Jordan Krause, D Ainsley MacMillan
The Huskies have been on the rise since Flint took over at the helm in 2009-10, though they’re still looking for their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. They’ve been able to assert themselves as one of Hockey East’s top teams throughout recent years, but they haven’t been able to take home any hardware in the postseason. With several notable additions and the return of 2014 U.S. Olympian Kendall Coyne, Northeastern will be looking to make this season the most memorable yet.
Coyne’s return is a welcome one; she was named an All-American back in 2012-13 as a sophomore and will no doubt be a lot for every opponent to handle once again. Paige Savage also emerged last year as a go-to player for the team, and Hayley Scamurra enjoyed plenty of success as a rookie, netting seven goals and 22 points. The Huskies are bringing in a very talented freshman class, led by Denisa Krizova, Shelby Herrington, McKenna Brand, and Taytum Clairmont up front. All four have top-six potential, and Krizova in particular should be a big part of the offense right away.
Northeastern is losing a couple of top-four options on the defensive end with the graduation of Sonia St. Martin and the transfer of Jordan Hampton. But the team is bringing in former Canadian U22 defenseman Jordan Krause from Minnesota Duluth, as well as 2014 U18 World Champion Ainsley MacMillan. Senior Colleen Murphy will be counted on in all situations, and sophomore Heather Mottau displayed some skill from the blue line last season with five goals and 19 points. There’s some work to do here in getting this defensive corps to gel, but overall the Huskies have plenty of options.
Chloe Desjardins showed exactly what she could do in goal as a junior last season, recording a .925 save percentage and 2.31 goals-against average. She’s developed into a very reliable netminder over the course of her career and she’ll be counted on heavily by the rest of the club again this year.
The Huskies have plenty of pieces in place to compete. With Coyne leading the way, and some very good top-six options around her, they should boast a dominant offense on a national level. Their defense, if they can get everything to mesh well, should also be a strong suit, and Desjardins gives them a good amount of confidence in net. Northeastern will be one of three teams helping to create a logjam at the top of the Hockey East standings, and the hope for them is that this year, they’ll earn a chance to win it all in March.
Pivotal Series: October 17-18 at Mercyhurst. The Huskies also have an intriguing non-conference series against Robert Morris the following weekend, but the Lakers have long since established themselves as a team to beat. This series is a crucial one if Northeastern hopes to be playing in the NCAA Tournament.
4. Vermont Catamounts
Head Coach: Jim Plumer (Third Year)
2013-14 Record: 18-14-4 (13-7-1/Fourth Place Hockey East, defeated by Boston College in semifinals)
Key Departures: F Danielle Rancourt, F Kellie Dineen, D Ashley Salerno, G Roxanne Douville
Key Returners: F Amanda Pelkey, F Brittany Zuback, F Dayna Colang, D Gina Repaci
Key Additions: F Mackenzie MacNeil, F Kourtney Menches, D Taylor Willard, D Amanda Drobot
The Catamounts made history last season, reaching the .500 mark for the first time in nine years of Hockey East competition. They went on to capture their first-ever playoff win, beating Maine 3-2 in triple overtime. With the program on the rise, Vermont will look to set another precedent this season and compete for the Hockey East title.
UVM returns all of its top scorers from 2013-14; that group is led by senior Amanda Pelkey, who broke out with a 21-goal, 40-point campaign and who has become one of the conference’s best forwards. Classmate Brittany Zuback, junior Dayna Colang, and sophomore Victoria Andreakos will also be high-impact players for the Catamounts. They lose a couple of veteran supporting forwards in Kellie Dineen and Danielle Rancourt, but Bridget Baker and Casey Leveillee showed potential as rookies. The additions of Mackenzie MacNeil, who had a tryout with the Canadian U18 team last August, and Kourtney Menches, a four-time USA Hockey National Player Development Camp attendee, should also help.
Vermont loses a top-four player in Ashley Salerno, as well as regular Megan Dalbec, but they retain some core defenders. Junior Gina Repaci, who skated with Canada’s National Development Team this summer, will lead the Catamount blue line, along with senior Sarah Campbell, who posted three goals and 13 points last season. Greer Vogl and Rachael Ade will also need to step up this year, and Vermont is bringing in two solid recruits in Taylor Willard and Amanda Drobot. Willard represented the U.S. at the 2014 U18 Women’s World Championships, while Drobot has participated in four USA Hockey National Player Development Camps and was named the Star Ledger’s New Jersey girls’ high school hockey Player of the Year two seasons in a row.
With two options in goal, the Catamounts are hoping that one will emerge as a dependable starter for the team this year following the graduation of Roxanne Douville. The first is Maddie Litchfield, who perhaps could’ve fared better as a rookie but who helped Vermont to a 4-4-1 record in nine games started last season. The second is newcomer Molly Depew of the East Coast Wizards. She was a decent netminder at the prep level but she’ll have to prove that she’s a viable option for the Catamounts in Division I competition now.
Vermont lacks an Olympic-caliber forward like the teams ahead of them, but they do have a go-to player in Amanda Pelkey, who showed she can be leaned on to provide offense last season. The Catamounts boast a promising group of surrounding players between Zuback, Colang, and Andreakos. They don’t have a high-end player on the defensive end but they’re bringing in a couple of rookies with fairly high ceilings. They’ll be expecting bigger things out of Litchfield, who has yet to assert herself as a number one netminder. Overall, though, they’ve got much more depth throughout their line-up than the conference’s lower teams, as well as some high-impact players up front.
Pivotal Series: November 22-23 at Northeastern. Vermont had several successful games against Boston University last season, and they’ll no doubt have those match-ups circled as well, but this test earlier on in the season could swing things in the Catamounts’ favor as they try and keep pace with Northeastern.
5. Connecticut Huskies
Head Coach: Chris MacKenzie (Second Year)
2013-14 Record: 9-24-2 (6-14-1/Fifth Place Hockey East, defeated by Northeastern in quarterfinals)
Key Departures: F Michela Cava, D Kiana Nauheim
Key Returners: F Sarah MacDonnell, F Kayla Campero, F Emily Snodgrass, G Elaine Chuli
Key Additions: F Theresa Knutson, F Madison Badeau, D Leah Lum, D Cydnee Cook
After falling rapidly out of contention in recent years, the UConn women were able to get back on track last season by tripling their win total from 2012-13. They stayed out of the Hockey East cellar and then fought Northeastern tooth and nail in their conference quarterfinal match-up, but ultimately could not get past them. This year the Huskies will look to build off that success, and though the top three spots are too far out of reach, they’ll try and take over fourth place in the standings.
UConn is returning eight of its top 10 scorers from last season, so the offense shouldn’t take too much of a hit. Sarah MacDonnell was the team’s leading scorer in 2013-14 with 12 goals and 27 points, though they’ll have to deal with the transfer of Michela Cava and her 27 points as well. Along with MacDonnell, seniors Kayla Campero and Emily Snodgrass will also be important factors up front for the Huskies, and incoming freshmen Theresa Knutson and Madison Badeau have enough skill to help bolster the forward group.
The Huskies’ only notable loss on the back-end is Kiana Nauheim, who tallied six assists last season. They won’t have to make all that many adjustments on their blue line, which is good, but their returning five defensemen scored a combined one goal and 10 points last year. Simply put: UConn will need more contributions from its defensive corps if it hopes to stand a good chance of competing this season. Newcomers Leah Lum and Cydnee Cook give the team some depth, but they’ll also be counted on to chip in some points right away.
Goaltending is by far the Huskies’ biggest strength. With junior Elaine Chuli in net, they’ve got a chance to win every night, no matter who the opponent. She’s capable of standing on her head against any team, and certainly has the ability to shut down the conference’s weaker clubs, with a .929 save percentage and 2.57 goals-against average recorded last season.
UConn is returning some decent veteran scoring, and bringing in a solid addition in Theresa Knutson as well. They don’t have a superb amount of skill up front but they do have a couple of players to look towards to produce. The picture on defense is more unclear; they’re not losing much, but they’ll need to become a more competent group overall to keep their position in Hockey East. Chuli is really the key piece for the Huskies; she enters the season as the league’s best and most proven goaltender besides only Desjardins, and she’ll give them a chance to keep their position and perhaps break into the top half of the standings.
Pivotal Series: January 10-11 vs. Vermont. UConn is hoping to jump over Vermont in the Hockey East standings, making this a pivotal one for them as they try and climb up to fourth in Hockey East.
6. Maine Black Bears
Head Coach: Richard Reichenbach (Second Year)
2013-14 Record: 7-20-5 (5-13-3/Sixth Place Hockey East, defeated by Vermont in quarterfinals)
Key Departures: F Brianne Kilgour, F Karissa Kirkup, D Kelly McDonald
Key Returners: F Audra Richards, D Brooklyn Langlois, D Kristin Gilmour, G Meghann Treacy
Key Additions: F Brooke Stacey, F Victoria Hummel, D Mikayla Rogers
The Black Bears stayed with the middle of the pack throughout most of last season, and fought Vermont hard in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs before being eliminated in triple overtime. With three of their top four scorers not returning, Maine will look to other players for contributions as they try and remain in the hunt.
The graduation of Brianne Kilgour and the transfer of Karissa Kirkup after a promising rookie season leave the Black Bears with some holes to fill up front. Junior Audra Richards, who led the team with 15 goals in 31 games last season, will lead the way offensively. Scoring dries up a bit after her, but look for Hailey Browne and Jennifer More to also figure in production-wise for Maine. The Black Bears also have a good crop of freshmen coming in, led by Canadian U18 player and 2014 U18 World Champion Brooke Stacey and Austrian National Team member Victoria Hummel.
Brooklyn Langlois will anchor this year’s defensive corps with Kelly McDonald now graduated, and though she’s quietly one of the league’s best defensive players, she hasn’t shown much yet in other areas. Puck-moving skills are something that Maine’s blue line as a whole lacks, but between Langlois, Kristin Gilmour, and Brittney Huneke, the Black Bears will be able to put together a top-four they can work with. Incoming freshman Mikayla Rogers should also see some minutes right away.
Meghann Treacy wasn’t astounding in net last year, but she did a pretty good job handling the starting role. In 27 games played, she posted a .907 save percentage and a 3.03 goals-against average, helping to keep Maine afloat even on the team’s bad nights. If she can become a more consistent goaltender this year, the Black Bears stand a chance of moving up further in the standings.
Maine is limited in star power up front but expect Stacey and Hummel to factor into the top six right away. If Treacy can get herself a little closer to the average numbers-wise, and the Black Bears build a solid top-four out of the pieces they have on defense, they’ve got a pretty good chance at challenging Connecticut and Vermont in the rankings. If they can’t get things to gel correctly, they might not be able to prevent themselves from slipping early on.
Pivotal Series: November 29-30 at Vermont. In a rematch of their 2014 quarterfinal that saw Maine lose in heartbreaking fashion, the Black Bears will be looking to set the tone for themselves here as they attempt to establish themselves as top-four team in the conference.
7. Providence Friars
Head Coach: Bob Deraney (16th Year)
2013-14 Record: 11-24-0 (6-15-0/Seventh Place Hockey East, defeated by Boston University in quarterfinals)
Key Departures: F Molly Illikainen, F Corinne Buie, D Lexi Slattery, D Rebecca Morse, D Maggie Pendleton
Key Returners: F Haley Frade, F Cassidy Carels, F Beth Hanrahan, D Lexi Romanchuk
Key Additions: F Blair Parent, F Brooke Boquist
No one was expecting the Friars to finish at the top of the league, but their seventh-place finish in 2013-14 was disappointing for a team that started out the year with some legitimate potential. It was their worst season ever as a Division I team, and unfortunately, some of the most promising pieces that they had in place last season are now gone. With two players transferring out of the program and four more regulars graduating, the team will look to start fresh this year and regroup as they try and move up into the top half of the conference standings.
Providence graduates second-leading scorer Corinne Buie, who posted seven goals and 24 points in 2013-14, and Molly Illikainen, arguably the team’s most skilled forward and fifth-leading point scorer, has transferred to St. Cloud State. On a more positive note, 25-point scorer Haley Frade returns for her senior year, and sophomore Cassidy Carels was great as a rookie last season, leading the Friars in goal-scoring with 14. The two of them will anchor the offense, while Beth Hanrahan, Brooke Simpson, and Alison Micheletti will also contribute. Freshmen forwards Blair Parent and Brooke Boquist could step in right away, but it’ll likely take a while before they make a notable impact.
The Friars are suffering significant losses on the back-end, with Rebecca Morse and Maggie Pendleton graduating and Lexi Slattery transferring to St. Cloud with Illikainen. That makes for three top-four defensemen to replace, which is a difficult enough task already, but the only defenseman that Providence is bringing in is Lauren Klein, a transfer from RIT. Lexi Romanchuk had a breakout year on the blue line in 2013-14, scoring four goals and 17 points as a sophomore in 2013-14, and she’s the Friars’ clear leader on the back-end. Besides Romanchuk and senior Victoria Virtue, Providence’s defensive corps is made up entirely of sophomores, so they don’t have many veterans or much in the way of skill and puck-moving abilities.
Sarah Bryant saw the bulk of the minutes in net last season, posting a 2.85 goals-against average and .884 save percentage. She’ll likely start again for the Friars, but if she falters, Allie Morse could be an option, though she only made two appearances in relief last year.
Providence doesn’t have a very deep offense, though they do have some options up front, and a big year from Carels could make a huge difference for them. Their D corps is severely depleted with the loss of three of their best players, and if goaltending doesn’t improve, there’s going to be a lot of pressure on the whole club to limit opportunities against.
Pivotal Series: February 21-22 at Vermont. Some early-season match-ups against Connecticut are also enticing, but for the Friars, their very last series of the season could be a crucial one as they fight for a better spot in the standings; if all goes well for them, they’ll be in competition with the Catamounts all year.
8. New Hampshire Wildcats
Head Coach: Hilary Witt (First Year)
2013-14 Record: 9-23-2 (4-15-2/Eight Place Hockey East, defeated by Boston College in quarterfinals)
Key Departures: F Nicole Gifford, F Jessica Hitchcock, D Alexis Crossley
Key Returners: F Cassandra Vilgrain, F Hannah Armstrong, D Jess Ryan
Key Additions: D Julia Fedeski, F Ali Praus, F Brooke Avery
The Wildcats have been on the decline the past few years. They peaked with a 33-win season in 2007-08, but haven’t posted a .500 record since 2009-10. With head coach Brian McCloskey dismissed mid-year in 2013-14, they’ll be starting over with Hilary Witt at the helm. Witt served as an assistant with the 2014 U.S. Olympic team, helping guide the team to a silver medal. This season, she will hope to lead New Hampshire out of the Hockey East cellar and into a more competitive position.
Up front, the Wildcats are losing last year’s top two scorers in Nicole Gifford and Jessica Hitchcock, as well as Arielle O’Neill, who was a solid veteran depth player. Cassandra Vilgrain impressed as a rookie, scoring nine goals and 17 points, and she’ll aim to build off of that this season. Senior Hannah Armstrong will provide some veteran scoring, and juniors Sara Carlson and Heather Cashman will also hope to improve numbers-wise. The Wildcats are lacking high-end forwards, which will prevent them from competing with Hockey East’s top teams, but if they can put together the pieces they have up front they could be decent offensively.
Jess Ryan and Caroline Broderick return as the leaders on the back-end for the Wildcats, but the losses of transfers Megan Armstrong and Alexis Crossley will hurt. Redshirt freshman Kate Haslett should see top-four minutes this season, and rookies like Julia Fedeski, Kaylee Forster, and Amy Schlagel will be given the chance to show what they can do, but there will be weaknesses and depth issues on UNH’s blue line no matter what.
Vilma Vaattovaara saw the majority of starts last season for New Hampshire, and though she had some outstanding nights, she wasn’t too consistent overall. She split time with Ashley Wilkes, whose save percentage hovered around .900 and whose goals-against average was better than Vaattovaara’s (2.74 compared to 3.16). One of the two will have to step up this season and give the Wildcats consistently good goaltending if the team hopes to have a chance to win every night.
While New Hampshire has some solid pieces to work with up front, they lack both a high-skilled forward and a dominant defender, and will have some big issues to address on the back-end with the departure of two top-four players. The outlook in goal also isn’t too bright, though Vaattovaara showed some impressive abilities last season. If the goaltending can improve, the Wildcats stand a solid chance of moving up the Hockey East standings, but if not, they’ll likely be too weak on depth and defense to make up for it.
Pivotal Series: January 17-18 at Connecticut. The Huskies were the fifth-best team in Hockey East play last season and will more than likely be a target for the Wildcats as they attempt to climb several spots in the rankings.
Preseason All-Conference Honors
F: Marie-Philip Poulin, Boston University
F: Alex Carpenter, Boston College
F: Kendall Coyne, Northeastern
D: Colleen Murphy, Northeastern
D: Shannon Doyle, Boston University
G: Chloe Desjardins, Northeastern
F: Sarah Lefort, Boston University
F: Haley Skarupa, Boston College
F: Amanda Pelkey, Vermont
D: Lexi Bender, Boston College
D: Emily Pfalzer, Boston College
G: Elaine Chuli, Connecticut
Player of the Year: Marie-Philip Poulin, Boston University
Rookie of the Year: Denisa Krizova, Northeastern