Senior right wing Steven Whitney, who leads the team in goals with 17, said coach Jerry York is one of the keys to why the Eagles have amassed so much success.
“It starts with Coach York,’’ said Whitney. “He’s obviously an unbelievable leader and he instills in us what he expects, which is hard work and discipline and things like that, and the upperclassmen pass it along, definitely.’’
Whitney said his class got the ultimate taste its freshman year when the Eagles captured the NCAA championship.
“We knew what it felt like to win and how special and fun it was,’’ said Whitney. “Once you do that, you want to just keep getting them and you want to feel like that again. So that’s where my motivation is coming from, just wanting to get back there.’’
Whitney, who is from Reading, said finishing his career undefeated in the Beanpot would be especially meaningful for a Boston-area kid.
“It would be awesome,’’ said Whitney. “I grew up watching it and dreamed about winning it and just playing in it. I never dreamed I could win four in a row.’’
The Eagles expect a knock-down, drag-out battle with Northeastern.
“They showed they can play,’’ said Whitney. “They beat BU, they beat us [Oct. 13], and they have a lot of great players on their team. They bring a lot of students to the Garden, and we do as well. It’s going to be an exciting game.’’
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