Kerrin Sperry leaves behind legacy as greatest goaltender for BU Terriers

In her freshman season, Kerrin Sperry would stand between the pipes for the Boston University Terriers in the NCAA Frozen Four title game of 2011. Despite losing to the Wisconsin Badgers and fellow rookie netminder Alex Rigsby, Sperry’s season was a sign of greater things to come. By her senior season, she would prove to be the best netminder the program ever had.

As a freshman, her .804 win percentage and 1.63 goals against average would prove to be the best of her career. She would come close to matching her career-high percentage as a junior, with a .797 posting. As a side note, her goals against average for her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns were 2.50, 2.20 and 2.49.

Photo credit: Michelle Jay, Daily Free Press

Photo credit: Michelle Jay, Daily Free Press

Her senior season culminated in the cementing of her legacy as one of the most influential players in the history of the BU program. Winning multiple awards as the Hockey East Goaltender of the Week, she helped the club capture its third straight Hockey East postseason tournament.

During championship weekend, she accumulated a combined 82 saves, including 40 against Boston College in the title game. For her efforts, she earned her second consecutive Hockey East Tournament MVP award, along with BU’s Student-Athlete of the Week honors. Perhaps more impressive was the fact that she finished her Terriers career with nine consecutive Hockey East tournament wins. In addition, she would register 316 saves in 10 playoff games, a league record.

In a memorable senior season, the month of November 2013 may have been her finest. With a sterling 1.50 goals-against average, complemented by a .944 save percentage and her 6-2-0 record, she would record two shutouts. Of note, one of those shutouts came in Vail, Colorado as she registered 28 saves against the St. Cloud State Huskies. Perhaps the most impressive aspect may have been going undefeated (5-0-0) in Hockey East play.

In the postseason, she would make at least 40 saves in contests against Boston College and a first-round NCAA Tournament match against Minnesota. She would graduate having set program records for wins (85), shutouts (13), goals-against average (2.14), save percentage (.920) and saves (2,313).

Statistically, her numbers are among some of the finest among Hockey East goaltenders. Her cumulative won-loss record was 85-34-8, (a .701 career winning percentage), having posted three 20-win seasons; 21 as a freshman, a career-high 24 as a junior and 21 in her senior campaign.

With a personal best 1016 saves as a senior, it raised her career total to 3329 saves. In addition, she faced a career-high 1097 shots as a senior, for a total of 3612 in her career. The only other season where she faced over 1000 shots was as a sophomore, with 1016. Through four sensational years, she would also log over 7600 minutes of ice time.

The Terriers finished the 2013-14 season with a 24-13-1 record while posting 20 wins for the fourth straight season. Sperry’s efforts between the pipes were crucial in helping the club qualify for its fifth NCAA tournament appearance.

While Sperry is returning to BU for a fifth year, she will not be eligible to take part in that historic run. Instead, Sperry is expanding her athletic scope by competing with the varsity Field Hockey team. Having spent 14 years on the rink, Sperry is heading into an exciting fifth year. Culminating in the month of May, her fifth year sees her wrapping up a masters program, the completion of a two-year ROTC program, getting a commission and getting married in a whirlwind period of three weeks.

Last winter, she had shown interest in field hockey, communicating with BU’s coach Sally Starr. Working out throughout the summer, her commitment paid off with a spot on the roster. Unlike her on-ice duties, Sperry shall no longer be in a goaltending position on the field. Competing at the forward position, it shall present a new experience.

With her experience as a nationally prominent student-athlete at BU, her maturity shall make her an invaluable addition to the field hockey team. Having always led by example with regards to hard work, she also understands the values of friendship and mentoring, key factors for instilling confidence. As an ambitious Terriers squad attempts to become the second program to win four straight Hockey East championships, Sperry will likely be not too far, helping to instill those same values for the Terriers new backstops.

Erin O’Neill, an Athena Award winner in high school, and Mia Becker, who stood between the pipes for Shattuck St. Mary’s are among the goaltenders who are hoping to continue in her proud legacy. While Sperry has left some big shoes to fill, she has set a standard of accomplishment, dedication and perseverance that will stand for seasons to come, and for that, BU fans are grateful that she was on their team.