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inspired us with upset
wins , and more impor-
tantly, their determi-
nation and drive. c Iheir
competitive spirit lit up
the courts, fields and
rinks made our pro-
grams 9{g. 1 in the
hearts of Oiusty fans.



COMETHIN(C

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'Wont forge?



DIVISION



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ICKING AAS

Soccer blossoms behind forwards Aass,Fjeldstad








[.he benches were empty.

In 1991, Turi Lonero took over as
head coach for Keith Cammidge, who
transferred to William & Mary. NU play-
ers boycotted the move and left the squad.
Lonero suddenly had no team.

But that didn't bother him. Lonero
scraped the barrel, petitioned and re-
cruited players who probably never
would have worn an NU uniform, just to
form a team. Lonero pushed his pro-
gram, believing every moment he could
build a power. In 1993, he got his wish.

With bonafide scoring threats Nils
Aass, Marius Fjeldstad, and Bjorn
Hansen lighting up opposing goals, the
Huskies raced out to a 7-3 record and
finished at 10-8, missing out on a post-
season tournament bid on the final day of
the season.

The year was capped by NU's first
three wins in the North Atlantic Confer-
ence and frequent appearances in the
New England Top 10 Poll, something
that Cammidge's past crews couldn't even
accomplish.

Aass and Fjeldstad, both transfers
from Clemson University who played
high school ball together, hooked up for
18 and 13 points, respecitvely.

Hansen capped a magnificent sea-
son by finishing with six goals and four
assists in only 14 games played. Heiko
Ross and Eric Jackson provided a much
needed lift late in the season, propelling
NU to three wins in its final four games.

While the Huskies were scoring in
bunches, goaltending was the key to the
storybook season. Freshman netminder
Greg Purnell filled in admirably for the
injured Andrew Boyea, posting a 3-0
record, while allowing just two goals in
four games. Boyea rebounded to finish
with a 5-2 mark and a stunning 1.08
goals against average.




James King

Huskies' leading scorer, Nils Aass, takes off on another scoring strike.



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Eric Jackson, one of the Hus-
kies' most potent threats,
beats an opponent to the ball.




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Gerard LaGasse finesses the ball upfield.




Goaltender Andrew Boyea — Northeastern 's number one keeper — hauls in a crossing attempt.



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TICKING TO SCRIP

Field Hockey puts together another winning season




^elly Wilk, Brenda Mitchell, Deb
Sweeney.

The Huskies were certainly blessed
with this trio. Wilk was a two-time Ail-
American, Mitchell was the school's best
goalie and Sweeney became NU's all-
time leading scorer. By 1993, however,
all of them had graduated.

That left NU without a lot of offense
and a lot of leadership.

So, for the first time in five years,
Northeastern did not reach the NCAA
tournament.

Despite not having its top trio, the
Huskies produced a surprisingly strong
season, finishing 17th in the country at
12-10. NU lost several heartbreakers to
Top 10 squads, including a 1-0 defeat to
BU in the North Atlantic Conference
tournament final.

NU did have its moments, rallying to
pull off a stunning upset of No. 3 Mary-
land. The leadership and scoring came
from sophomore Denise Nasca, who
blasted home 16 goals. Nasca struck for
four goals in a 7-1 pasting of Vermont
and registered a hat trick against Drexel
late in the season.

Juniors Lisa Samson and Becky
Willson came alive offensively late in
season, finishing with a combined 16
goals and 24 assists, including a goal
and two assists in NU's 3-0 semifinal
tourney win over New Hampshire.

Freshman goalie Danielle Butsch
played well in her rookie season,
posting a 1 .42 goals against average.

Butsch had solid defensive help
from senior Wendy Obert, an Academic
Ail-American at the back position.

The key to NU's winning season,
however, came from the aggressive work
of forwards Willson and Betsy Olson.
While the Huskies had their struggles,
1993 was a resounding success consid-
ering NU had just three seniors.





A SPECTACULAR HALF DECADE



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Year


Wins


Losses


Tie


1989


15


6


2


1990


15


6


3


1991


12


9


1


1992


15


7


1


1993


12


10





Totals


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38


7



Four NCAA tournament berths
Two NAC Championships
Set eight individual scoring records
Three NCAA first-round wins
Two first-team Ail-Americans
Three second-team Ail-Americans



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Jill Haiko passes the ball upfield, as a Drexel player moves in for the steal.




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Much of NU's aggressive play came
from hard-shooting forward Becky
Willson (above) and senior Betsy Olson
(right).






Above, a Drexel goalie reaches in vain
as Linda Lundrigan's shot finds its
way to the back of the cage.

Freshman sensation Regina Carl (left)
tries to pry the ball from a Drexel
forward.



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Jeremy Gobeil had a lot to celebrate after
breaking NU's TD reception record with his
16th scoring catch.



Senior Garvey Mcintosh became starting quarterback
after an ankle injury sidelined starter Clarzell Pearl.




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Antwaine Smith proved to be one of the Huskies' more athletic special-teamers as shown on this
blocked punt attempt.



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Senior Steve Raethka took his
soccer skills and applied them to
the football field.




LINDSIDE



Football sacked by 2-9 mark



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iw coach, new system, same old
form.

Under coach Barry Gallup, they set
out to conquer, but by the end of the
1993 football season, they were right
back where they started when we were
freshmen - with a 2-9 record.

Despite making the big jump into
the Yankee Conference. Northeastern' s
football team couldn't produce enough
offense, enough protection for its quar-
terbacks, or enough of anything to fin-
ish near .500.

The dismal campaign was punctu-
ated by a 53-6 loss to William & Mary
and a 52-21 drubbing against James
Madison, part of a stretch where NU
lost eight straight on its way to the
league cellar. Close defeats at the hands
of Boston University (17-13), Rich-
mond (24-21), and UMass (2 1-17) didn't
help the cause. All in all, Northeastern
provided strong defensive efforts in
many games, only to have its offense
sputter behind a weak line.

Quarterback Clarzell Pearl was
magical in his first three starts, guiding
the Huskies to a win over Villanova,



while having a super passing game in a
loss to Boise St. From there, however,
he was chased out of the pocket too
often and forced to make too many big
plays while scrambling for his life.

NU's defense was strong in all but
two games. Seniors Mark Salisbury,
Miles McLean, and Silas Calhoun domi-
nated opposing offenses with their rug-
ged play. They helped force seven turn-
overs against UMass. Highly touted BU
quarterback Robert Dougherty was vir-
tually non-existent aginst the Husky
defense until late in the fourth quarter.
The Huskies showed only flashes of
brilliance on offense, aside from Pearl's
early spark. Jeremy Gobeil broke a
school record with his 1 6th career touch-
down reception against Richmond, and
underclassman Desmond Bellott added
some outstanding catches.

For all that went wrong in 1993,
however, the Huskies were far better off
under Gallup's run-and-shoot offense
than Paul Pawlak's ineffective wish-
bone. We may not have won, but at least
some of the games provided a ray of
hope.



FINDING THE BASEMENT OFTEN



Year


Wins


Losses


Ties


1989


3


7





1990


1


10





1991


4


7





1992


5


5


1


1993


2


9





Totals


14


38


1



The Huskies had just one winning record from
1984-1994.

The 53 points given up to William & Mary were
the third most in school history.

The five years we were at NU was the worst
stretch record-wise in the program's history.



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75




Anna Tishenko loops the ball over the net and over the outstretched hands of an opposing blocker.




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ABOVE — Super setter Kelly Morgan
prepares to deliver a booming serve.

RIGHT — Kimi Watterson keeps her
eye on the ball as she gets set to slam it
home.

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Volleyball can't recover from early- season drought



L his was not how it was supposed
to end.

Back in 1990, Northeastern watched
as a freshman recruit named Kimerle
Watterson took to the court as a middle-
hitter, dominating the front line with her
6-foot- 1 frame. Husky volleyball gurus
geared for her senior season, preparing
for its best-ever finish.

But when the time came, most of her
supporting cast and head coach were
gone. All that remained from a confer-
ence championship team of her junior
season were setter Kelly Morgan and a
few inexperienced underclassmen.

Despite the Watterson-Morgan com-
bination, the Huskies could only put
together a 12-17 record, losing seven of
their first eight games. The North Atlan-
tic Conference tournament didn't pro-
vide much solace for the Huskies, who
entered as the No. 8 seed and exited with
a second-round loss.

Watterson was terrific in her four
years at NU, carting home a NAC title
and helping her team become one of the
strongest in the Northeast, with 1 6 wins
in 1992. She finished the 1993 regular
season with a team-leading 369 kills
and 93 blocks.

But our senior year started out with a
disastrous road trip and despite her ef-
forts, NU never recovered.

After opening the season with a very
strong 3-0 win over Loyola-Chicago,
NU managed to win only four sets in its
next seven games, getting smoked at the
Hofstra Invitational. In all, NU lost seven
of its first eight and finished on the down
side of nine shutouts.

The good news for the Huskies was
the inspired play of hitters Heather
Rowcliffe, Michelle Palian and Judy
Lee, helping NU go 11-9 to finish the
season after the rocky start.




Kimi Watterson, Northeastern's All-North Atlantic Conference team and All-New
England Academic team winner, gets airborne for a spike.



A SEASON OF UPS AND DOWNS



Game 1 - NU defeats Loyola in straight

sets, 15-10, 15-10, 15-4.

Games 2-8 - The Huskies lose every

one of them, winning a total of seven

sets.

Games 9-12 - NU rebounds with four

wins, including five-set triumphs over

Harvard and Dartmouth.



Games 13-15 - NU loses three straight,
including a loss to Drexel at the NAC
seeding tournament.
Game 28 - After winning three of four,
NU gets crushed by DePaul, earning
just seven points in a three-set romp.



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CECOND WIND

^ J After slow start, men take second at NACs \^J



All photos by Eustacio Humphrey



S\. soft, rubbery track. If only cross-
country courses were lines with a bouncy
surface, NU's men's cross-country team
might have honed in on a New England
title. Instead, it had to settle for a very
strong finish on the paved roads of a
difficult 1993 schedule.

As always, Erik Nedeau headed the
Huskies contingent with top 10 finishes
in every meet. Nedeau, a 1992 finalist
for the Olympic Trials in track, could
not catch the top cross-country runners
locally in the regular season, but stunned
everyone by making the NCAA's by
improving on his career best by 45 sec-
onds, helping NU gain a permanent spot
on the New England Top 10 Poll.

As a team, the Huskies rebounded
from some poor early-season showings
to place second at the North Atlantic
Conference championships. Both
Nedeau and Jayme Fishman were re-
warded with invitations to the IC4A
championships.






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Yvel Joseph sparked the Husky contingent with strong finishes in the middle-
distance events.



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Leading the pack, the Huskies stormed to a high finish in the
Greater Boston Championships.



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All Photos by David Leifer




Jhey raced through Franklin Park,
not knowing where they would finish,
but Huskies runners had to figure they
wouldn't place very high as a team at the
North Atlantic Conference Champion-
ships.

Throughout the 1993 season, NU
barely managed to place at meets, some-
times finishing dead last as a team and
sometimes as low as 12th out of a pos-
sible 15 teams. The NAC's however
provided quite a new twist.

On the heels of Tonia Kemps' Top 20
finish, Northeastern surprised its con-
ference foes by running sixth at the
Championships. Although distant from
a conference crown or even a Top 10
individual performance, Husky runners
put a very long season behind them with
the placing.




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A/ TIRACLE ON ICT 7

I ^^ J A year after crashing to the league cellar, NU clawed into Top 10 I J



Ji was early in 1993, and NU hockey
fans were booing. There were no signs of
joy or hope in Matthews for this squad. As
freshmen we were blessed with a good
hockey team. But we watched its demise, a
long, arduous process filled with losses
and very few wins.

But something happened late in 1993.
Coach Ben Smith shaped his first real re-
cruiting class into freshmen stars. More
importantly, he had several dissenters leave
to graduation and watched as the rest of the
bunch picked up the pieces of that broken
squad. Team hockey was back, and so were
the wins. So were the fans.

In one of the most amazing comeback
stories in the history of the Black and Red,
NU went from 24 losses in 1992-93 to 19
wins in 1993-94. It finished its season in the
NCAA tournament for only the third time
in history. It opened the year with seven
straight victories and lingered in the nation's
top 10 for two months. The wins prompted
the opening of the balcony at The Arena for
the first time since 1989 and saw the most
fans witness a sporting event in over 10
years, some 4,000 strong against Maine.

Huskies faithful had a lot to roar about.
Jean-Francois Aube led the league in goal-
scoring with 27 tallies and the defense was
rock solid thanks to the finesse of Francois
Bouchard and the crunching checks of Dan
McGillis.

And then there was goalie Todd
Reynolds, who epitomized the team's come-
back with a comeback of his own. Reynolds
fought off constant back pains and a year
on the sideline, returning to stonewall the
opposition. He beat four nationally ranked
teams with his spectacular play and fin-
ished with a 3.6 goals against average.

Despit° a disappointing Beanpot,
Northeastern reached back to sweep Provi-
dence at Matthews in the first round of the
Hockey East playoffs and earned a tie
against New Hampshire in the consola-
tion, good enough for : : ournament bid.

Forward Mike Ta r, who was sec-
ond in the league in ass* with 34, and
defensemen Francois Bouc rd were hon-
ored by Hocket East with lea L e first- team
selections. Aube carted horn a second-
team honor.




Dan McGillis was just the kind of defenseman NU needed to spark its rebound, one
who kept his own end clear and kept players like Joe Hulbig far away from the
Huskies crease.



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ON THE DEFENSIVE




Allowing goals had always been a
problem for the Huskies. In 1993-94,
our end was a lot safer to patrol,
thanks in part to Darryl MacNair and
Francois Bouchard (left). The Hus-
kies allowed over five goals a game
in 1992-93. In our senior year, they
cut it down to just over four per con-
test.




Speedy center Mike Taylor provided
all the finesse and flash other Huskies
forwards needed to make a sprint for

the NCAA's.



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83



THE TOURNEY TRAIL

Reaching the NCAA Tournament was no small feat for the Huskies.
After putting together the program's worst records in back-to-back
seasons, NU did a complete 180.

The Huskies lost to eventual NCAA champion Lake Superior St. in
overtime in the tournament and actually won the game in regulation,
but officials ruled that an NU shot hadn't crossed the goal line with
three minutes left when it had. Lake Superior went on to smoke BU in
the final, 9-1.

Ben Smith's club opened the season with four straight wins, including
a stunning 5-4 upset of No. 1 Boston University. The Huskies downed
nationally-ranked Western Michigan to capture the Syracuse
Inivitational Tournament. They also swept a pair of games at Maine
for the first time in more than 20 years.

Despite a disappointing Beanpot, NU roared back to take two from
Providence in the final round of the Hockey East tournament before
bowing to BU. NU secured its berth with a 4-4 tie against New
Hampshire to end the season.





Winger Jason Melong's speed forced defensemen like EC's Michael Spalla to play catch up and kept the Huskies on the offensive.



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With Todd Reynolds holding the fort, the Huskies had little to worry about in front of the crease.



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85



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le last time Northeastern had
won a Beanpot tournament was 1988,
and goalie Todd Reynolds knew it. He
didn't need any reminders. He had been
there in 1992 and 1993 and watched his
team go down in flames in the first round .

But 1994 would be different.
Reynolds was planning on being the dif-
ference. He had come a long way from
Campbellville, Ontario to find the tradi-
tion of this tournament and he was not
going to let it pass him by.

Despite allowing a goal in the first
period, Reynolds was showing his bril-
liance against a fired-up Boston College
squad. He made save after save, keeping
NU in the game. Then, as NU was clear-
ing the puck from its zone, Reynolds
collapsed to the ice and hunched over.
While play was going on in the B.C. end,
no one noticed. Referees then saw the
wounded goalie and skated fast to assist
him. It was eerie. No one had touched
him. No one had bumped into him or
came near the crease. He just fell down.

"I think it's his back," a fan yelled
from the Section 103 of the balcony.
Hands soon became pressed over
mouths. This was the worst thing that
could have happened. The Beanpot no
longer mattered. Todd Reynolds, our
saving grace all year, was down.

Helped off the ice, Reynolds made
his way to the dressing room. It was his
back all right, which normally means,
for a goaltender, the season's over, espe-
cially in Reynolds' case.

The year before, the back problems
started for Reynolds, and he had to sit
out for most of the season while it healed.
He underwent therapy in Canada five
days a week, four hours a day to get his
back in order. He avoided surgery, but
the pain was excrutiating. Once consid-
ered the second best freshman goalie in
the nation, Reynolds was vulnerable,
maybe moreso than those who can't cut
down angles well or have a slow glove.

The Beanpot was supposed to be
his stage, like all other NU goalies in the
past. But it was a nightmare. Reynolds
left and it appeared he was gone for the
season.

At the time, no team in Hockey
East was hotter than Northeastern, ex-
cept maybe B.C. Boston College went on
to win 5-4 in double-overtime that night.
The following Monday, NU was pasted,
8-0 by B.U. Lost was the top-10 ranking
and the No. 2 spot in the Hockey East




standings. Like all of the previous four
seasons, it appeared NU was quickly head-
ing for the cellar after its hot start.

Then Reynolds came back. He prac-
ticed through the pain. He stood in the
back of his classes because he couldn't sit in
a chair - it hurt his back too much. He
would lie on the floor of his apartment so
he wouldn't feel the pain. But the only
therapy that seemed to helped was getting
back on the ice.

And while the NU forwards showed
their flash, and the defense was delivering
checks, Todd Reynolds was stealing the
spotlight along with everyone's heart. In
his final four regular-season games,
Reynolds allowed just eight goals. He was
even more impressive in the playoffs.

Night one - NU beats Providence, 4-
3, barely holding on after coasting to a 4-1
lead. Reynolds made 25 saves, stopping a
pair of breakaways and robbing Chad
Quenneville on a wrist shot with less than
a minute left.

Night two - NU beats Providence, 2-
1, in overtime. Star of the game? Not Tomas
Persson, who scored the game- winner. Not
Darryl MacNair, who broke up a would be
game-winner. No. It was Reynolds, who
kept NU close and turned aside several
point-blank chances, allowing the Hus-
kies to come back from a 1-0 deficit.



The Beanpot memories? They were
gone. Todd Reynolds had given NU its
first tournament series win on home ice.
The players mobbed Persson at the other
end of the ice, Reynolds included. They
all skated off, playing to the crowd and
thanking them for believing.

All were gone except for Reynolds.
He had circled toward the bench and
looked up to the crowd as he was skating
off. A standing ovation welcomed him
and all he could do was smile - a very big
smile.

Twice before, Reynolds had been
taken from the game he loved. But that
wasn't going to stop him. At the begin-
ning of the year, I asked him how his back
was holding up. He said, "It still kills me."
I asked if he was going to be able to play
every night with the tough schedule of
Hockey East games (they often playback-
to-back nights). He said, "I don't think so.
But Mike (Veisor) is a real good goalie.
We'll probably split time."

By season's end, it was all Reynolds.
In the playoffs it was all Reynolds. He
played back-to-back nights against Provi-
dence and was spectacular. No signs of
back problems ... at least he never showed
us any.



Bv CHRIS BURT



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HE FELT
THE PAIN.
THEN, HE
FELT THE
GLORY

Huskies goalie Todd
Reynolds carried the
NU hockey team on
his fragile back and
brought it a Top 10
ranking and an
NCAA tournament
berth.



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RIGHT - Forward Jeanine
Sobek battles for a faceoff
draw against Boston College.




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Shelley Looney and company cel-
ebrate a second-period goal in the
Beanpot final.



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Jeanine Sobek's dash down the right side was thwarted by Harvard's goalie. But the Huskies
and Sobek got even later. (Photo by Chris Wernau)



PHARTTOPPERC

m^ Women's hockey relished another regular-season title ^ 3




Chris Burt



The Northeastern women's hockey team
was not only the No. 1 team in the nation for
almost all of our five-years, it also claimed
Boston's top hockey prize, the Beanpot, in
eight of the last nine seasons. The 1994
win, celebrated by Rayanne Conway (left),
marked its first triumph in two seasons.



SCORING TOUCH



When Vicki Sunohara left after our sopho-
more year, she took with her scoring records
that may never be equalled at NU, including
one memorable 52-goal season. Leaving early
meant depleted forces up front. In 1994, how-
ever, the scoring came back in bunches. Take
a look:

- Kim Hainan, Rayanne Conivay and Shelley
Looney all eclipsed the 20-goal mark.

- As a team, NU averaged 4.5 goals per game, while
allowing just 2.4



though the finish will forever haunt
the members of the 1993-94 women's
hockey team, they had nothing to be
disappointed about.

Despite losing its No. 1 national
ranking on the final day of the year in a 5-
2 defeat to Providence, the Huskies once
again proved they were the best colle-
giate team in women's hockey. They held
onto the No. 1 slot from day one of the
season, beating and tying Providence,
before having the title ripped away by
the Friars in a tiring ECAC tournament.

The Huskies reached the final by
knocking off powerhouse Brown. The
Friars, at home in Providence, edged New
Hampshire. It was an atypical ending on
a schedule dominated by NU, which fin-
ished 19-6-3.

Bolstered by forwards Rayanne
Conway, Kim Haman, Shelley Looney
and Jeannie Sobek, NU outgunned ev-
eryone en route to a perfect record in the
ECAC in the regular season. Along the
way, NU captured its 1 1 th Beanpot cham-
pionship and first in three years.

The trio of Haman, Looney and
Sobek each scored more than 20 goals
and Conway added a team-leading 23
assists. Those four accounted for more
than 70 percent of the Huskies goals. The
offense surged, but defensively, NU was
equally as strong.

Captain Marion Corcoran made it
her duty to keep the opposition far away
from the Huskies crease. She managed
just four assists, but her help on the blue
line supported a cast that allowed just
2.45 goals per game.

And when Corcoran was knocking
bodies out of the slot, Michelle DiStef ano
and Kim Flatt were stonewalling oppos-
ing scorers. The goaltending tandem
shined, each posting goals against aver-
ages under three. DiStef ano registered 13
wins and three ties against three losses.


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