The 2012 Northern CWPA is now complete, and he four teams who are making their way to Easterns are Brown, St. Francis, MIT and Harvard. There were no real surprises for the teams that made it to Easterns, but the title game did not go as expected.
No. 12 ranked, and top Northern seed, Brown Bears were upset at home by No. 15 ranked St. Francis Terriers. St. Francis trailed 6-4 heading into the final quarter, but completed the comeback to win 8-7. Bosko Stankovic scored the game-winner on a back-hand shot with 1:40 remaining in the match.
Brown jumped out to an early 2-0, and lead 4-3 at the half. Then in the third quarter, Brown extended their lead to 6-4 by goals from senior Cyrus Mojdehi and sophomore Henry Fox. St. Francis offense came alive in the fourth to outscore Brown 4-1 to get the win. St. Francis' Stankovic scored three of his goals in the fourth quarter in the win.
This was just the first win for St. Francis over Brown in four attempts this season. For Brown, they are now 27-3 on the year.
Terriers head coach Igor Samardzija liked the way the team played defensive, and held their composure in the win:
"It was overall good defensive effort and great run in the last quarter," said Samardzija. "I am pleased with the character this team has shown as we managed to win the game after trailing by two for the most part of the second half. This win puts us in a better position going into Easterns yet we need to make sure to take it one game at a time and not overlook our first opponent."
Brown head coach Felix Mercado felt that his team had a chance to win, but St. Francis took advantage of their opportunities:
"I felt we played well enough to pull it out, but in the end they converted on opportunities we gave them," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "Right now we have to regroup and prepare for the Eastern Championships. Our goal has not changed. We will learn and be ready to play in two weeks."
Here are the four teams, and order of finish, that qualified for Easterns:
1. St. Francis