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2011 Beanpot Tournament: Boston College Goes For Rare Beanpot Sweep

The men's ice hockey Beanpot Championship will be played for the 59th consecutive year on Monday night when the Boston College Eagles and the Northeastern Huskies faceoff at the Garden at 8 PM. The following night, back on campus, the women's BC hockey team will attempt to knock off the defending Beanpot Champion Harvard Crimson. The women Beanpot Tournament is in its 33rd year.

Despite having played in both the men's and women's Beanpot Tournament for the last 33 years, Boston College has never been home to both the men's and women's Beanpot Championship titles in the same calendar year.

It's a feat that not only BC hasn't achieved, but also Boston University and Harvard. In fact, the only school to win the men's and women's Beanpot titles in the same year is Northeastern. Northeastern has achieved the feat four separate times -- the first time in 1980, followed by back-to-back titles in 1984 and 1985, and finally, in 1988, which also happens to be the last time the Huskies men's program has won the title.

Both Eagles ice hockey programs have both advanced to the Championship round just five times. The first three times -- 1979, 1981 and 2003 -- the Eagles came away empty handed. In 2006 and 2007, the women brought home the Beanpot while the men's team defeated by Boston University. 

I support this trend is understandable given Boston University's dominance in the men's Beanpot -- winners of 12 of the last 16 Beanpot Championships -- and Harvard's dominance in the women's Beanpot -- winners of 9 of the last 12. I still find it a bit surprising that BC, BU or Harvard hasn't broken through and pulled off the dual Beanpot title.

The last time a school had the chance of pulling off a Beanpot sweep was Harvard in 2008. The women's team beat BU for the women's Beanpot, but the men fell short to BC in overtime.