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College Notebook: More work left to do for Somerby

Players who win the Stanley Cup get to take the trophy wherever they want for a week after the season. Marblehead?s Doyle Somerby and his Boston University teammates each got to take the Beanpot trophy home to their dorms for one night after the Terriers beat Northeastern, 4-3, in overtime on Feb. 23 to capture the 63rd Beanpot championship, BU?s 30th title overall.
If Somerby, a sophomore defenseman with five assists this season, got to take the trophy home to Marblehead, he said he would take it to the lighthouse on Marblehead Neck, where he spent many enjoyable hours as a kid. They have a huge fireworks display every year on Somerby?s birthday, which happens to be the Fourth of July.
?We were a little down after losing last year [3-1 to eventual winners Beanpot Boston College], and we certainly wanted a better showing this year,” Somerby said. “It?s awesome that we won it this year, my first … I was standing on the ice with a
championship hat on, taking it all in, it was disbelief at first, then just awesome.”
?It?s very special, as a kid from around here, who wants to play college hockey here, it?s something you dream about your whole life,” Somerby said. “So many great players have participated in [the Beanpot], now I can say I won it, too.”
The BU Terriers, after receiving a first-round bye in the Hockey East playoffs, will host Merrimack College at Agganis Arena tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. If a rubber game is needed in the best-of-three series, it will be played Sunday at 4 or 6 p.m. at Agganis.
This summer, Somerby, who will turn 21 in July, will be heading to his third summer
development camp with the New York Islanders, who plucked him in the 2012 draft after his junior season at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H.
The Islanders are on the move ? in the standings, and off to Brooklyn next year ? and
Somerby said he?s excited to be part of the organization, especially with the team
moving closer to New York City, “One of the most popular places in the world.”
?When I got drafted [in 2012], I just was so excited, I stood up and hugged my parents and the rest of it was just a big blur, just incredible, my mind was kind of blank,” Somerby said. “I put on the jersey and got to speak to Doug Weight [Islanders assistant coach/assistant general manager], and he was great, the whole experience was unbelievable.”
Somerby?s coach, David Quinn, said his 6-foot-5, 223-pound blue liner is an imposing figure on the ice, and and most opposing forwards don?t like trying to get by him.
?No one works harder than Doyle, he?s a guy who?s really worked incredibly hard to improve his game,” Quinn said. “Over the last year and a half he?s been very diligent in his preparation, he?s a great kid, a world-class kid, obviously great size on defense for us.”
?Doyle has had another great year for us, it?s one of the reasons we are where we are, and think, certainly his best hockey is ahead of him,” the coach added.
BU (21-7-5 overall, 14-5-3 in Hockey East) is currently ranked first in Hockey East and third in the country.
After the Hockey East playoffs, the NCAA regionals will be held March 27-29. If the Terriers are fortunate enough to get to the finals of the Frozen Four, they will be close to home: The championship rounds are being played April 9-11 at the TD Garden.
?After just a really tough season last year, we bounced back and we?re certainly looking forward to playing well and staying home for the championship, it would be fantastic to win the Beanpot, Hockey East, and the national championship,” Somerby said.
Laing, Harvard women ready to host Quinnipiac
With all the publicity that the top-ranked Boston College women?s hockey team has received this season, Marblehead?s Lexi and Brianna Laing and the Harvard women have flown under the radar.
But it was the Crimson who handed the Eagles their only regular-season loss in the finals of the Beanpot tournament. Harvard?s dominance in the ECAC in the reg

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