Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Senior Week: Jake Moscatel, Take 2

This is the second in a series of posts about BU's 2014 Senior Class. Be on the lookout for a new post each day, culminating with captains Pat MacGregor and Garrett Noonan at the end of the week. You can find Matt Ronan's post here.

                                                                       Photo Credit to Matthew Healey/Boston Herald

If you would like to read Jake's senior week post from last season, you can do so here

Jake Moscatel is the first player in the history of BSRS to get two senior week posts. That is what happens when you achieve beauty status.

By this point, every college hockey fan should know the Jake Moscatel story. At one point he was an injured hockey player in Biddeford, Maine at the University of New England. Less than two years later, he was dressing and playing for his dream school and dream team. Moscatel transferred to BU strictly as a student from UNE but still had the itch to play some puck. He joined the BU club hockey team playing both offense and defense. When there was a rash of departures in the middle of the 2011-2012 season, he was given his shot by Coach Jack Parker. 

Jake was given his first shot to crack the lineup last season and quickly became a crowd favorite throughout the run to the Hockey East tournament final. We were unsure at the time if he would return for his final year of eligibility(hence the senior post last year). Moscatel did return to BU and the hockey program and saw an even more expanded role this past season as he saw minutes on the third and fourth lines. He only saw action in 20 games due to a leg injury he suffered during a game at Harvard in January. While he did not contribute a point, it was hard not to notice when Moscatel was on the ice between his physical style and bright orange stick. Moscatel was an asset to first year Coach David Quinn this season on the fourth line especially at times when he was the lone senior on a line with two freshmen. 

Moscatel's influence was not limited to on the ice either. Moscatel was one of the more outgoing members on the team and regularly interacted with fans via twitter or in person. He became a fan favorite very quickly and remained one not only because of his fantastic journey to a D-1 athlete but because it never changed how he interacted with the fans. He was the same guy from the day we interviewed him with Matt Ronan in 2012 to when we or any fans run into him today. We wish him the best of luck as he moves on from his time at BU after graduating with a degree in Philosophy in May. 

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