This is part 1 in a 2 part series on the annual Beanpot Tournament in Boston, Massachusetts. This installment will deal with the historical stats and standings of the Beanpot.
This is the 37th year of Boston’s Beanpot Tournament which has typically featured the four Boston area teams, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern. (Cameo by Brown!)
In the past the Beanpot has mostly been Harvard’s or Northeastern’s with the schools combining for 29 of the 36 titles, 16 of those going to the Northeastern Huskies. Boston College has 5 and Boston University and one year entrant Brown have one apiece.
Harvard has more title appearances overall though with 27 to Northeastern’s 25, and if you assign points based on finishes, the schools are neck and neck. In fact, only two Beanpots, the 3rd and the 29th featured a finals without Harvard or Northeastern. (I chose to assign 3rd and 4th place finishes based on goal differential in years without a consolation game.)
Northeastern has dominated the tournament, and it’s not all ancient history either. They’ve made the finals each of the last three years, and they came away with the trophy in 2012 and 2013.
The overall number paint a much more explicit picture of their dominance with the best winning percentage by a slim margin and the best goal differential by far. Northeastern also has the single biggest margin of victory, a 24-0 shellacking of Boston University in the 1995 semifinals, a game whose box score I sadly could not find.