- Associated Press - Sunday, March 30, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Boston College coach Jerry York sat at the podium and joked that he still didn’t have a regional championship hat. He has another thing, though, a chance at his fifth national title.

Ian McCoshen scored with 8:44 left and top-seeded Boston College beat UMass-Lowell 4-3 on Sunday in the NCAA Northeast Regional final to reach the Frozen Four for the 11th time in 17 years.

And it happened in a place that the Eagles might as well call their path to the Frozen Four - Worcester.

BC has won NCAA titles each of the last three times - 2008, ‘10 and ‘12 - it advanced from Worcester. The Eagles also won a regional in Worcester in York’s first championship with the school, in 2001.

“It’s been a fun experience for us coming here. We’ve had real good success in this building,” he said. “I think our team played very well. Are we fortunate to come out with a trip to Philly? Absolutely. It could have gone either way tonight.”

Boston College (28-7-4), seeking its fourth NCAA championship in seven seasons, will face East Regional champion Union in the national semifinals April 10 in Philadelphia.

“I’m really proud of how hard we had to work and hard we had to play to get a hat,” York said, sitting next to two of his players wearing them. “We talked about that all day today; not necessarily going to Philly, but getting a hat. I still haven’t gotten mine. I don’t know if coaches get ‘em.”

Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, the nation’s leading scorer, set up goals by Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes. Ryan Fitzgerald also scored for the Eagles.

“First thought for me was: ‘I don’t have to fly,’” said Gaudreau, the tournament’s most outstanding player, of the approximately 45-minute bus ride from campus. “Great history with Coach York and all the BC teams that have come here.”

Thatcher Demko stopped 29 shots for the Eagles.

Evan Campbell, Michael Kapla and Josh Holmstrom scored for UMass-Lowell (26-11-4), the region’s second seed and Hockey East tournament champion.

McCoshen, skating in from the left point, beat Connor Hellebuyck with a wrist shot after taking a pass from defenseman Teddy Doherty. McCoshen banged his stick on the ice to get Doherty’s attention.

“He’s always talking. He’s loud,” Doherty said. “He’s one of the louder guys on the team. Thankfully I heard him.”

Campbell’s goal, which caromed in off BC defenseman Scott Savage, gave the River Hawks their first lead of the game, 3-2 just 43 seconds into the third period. Campbell was skating toward the side of the net and sent the puck out front.

“We had a couple of flurries and we just didn’t finish,” UMass-Lowell coach Norm Bazin said. “It’s the same old adage, ‘If you don’t finish against a good team, it could come back to bite you.’”

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