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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 8: A detail of Brandon Hickey #4 of the Boston University Terriers' glove during the game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Fenway Park on January 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Citing a rise in positive COVID-19 cases as students file back into the area for the spring semester, Boston University has decided to pause all athletics through January, the school’s Department of Athletics announced Wednesday.

“By and large, our student-athletes and staff have done a remarkable job in helping to stop the spread of this virus within their teams and our department,” director of athletics Drew Marrochello said in a statement. “However, at this time, we feel that pausing all activities is a prudent decision that will better our chances of safely returning all of our teams to practice and competition in the coming weeks.”

This is not the first time that BU has had to pause one of their programs this season, as the men’s hockey team already went through a pause of their own back in December.

That’s left the Terriers having played just six games to date this season, which is the second-fewest in Hockey East this season, trailing UMass-Lowell’s division-low four games this year.┬áThe Terriers have been among Hockey East’s best despite their meager game total, too, with their 5-1-0 record and 13 points ranking as the sixth-most in the conference this season.

The school’s women’s hockey team, meanwhile, sits in ninth with a 2-3-0 record on the season.

In hoops, the men’s basketball team is off to a 3-5 start in the Patriot League, while the women’s team has captured victories in five of their six contests and are in second place in the Patriot League.