September 17, 2012

New England teams fare well in women's preseason polls

By Jesse Connolly

U.S. College Hockey Online unveiled their Division I preseason women's poll on Monday. Three members of Hockey East made the cut.

Boston College, fresh off a 24-10-3 season, was the highest-ranked squad among New England-based teams, coming in at No. 4. The Eagles fell in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament to Wisconsin.

Boston University, which went 23-14-1 in 2011-12, placed sixth. The Terriers lost 8-7 against Cornell in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in March.

Coming in at No. 9 is Northeastern. The Huskies went 22-7-4 a year ago, which was good for a first-place finish during the regular season. NU also won the Beanpot, defeating BU 4-3 in the championship game back in February.

Minnesota, the defending national champs, earned all 15 first-place votes. Wisconsin and Cornell round out the top three.

A trio of other schools from New England also received votes for a spot in the top 10. Harvard missed by a single point with 28, Providence garnered three points and Quinnipiac had two.

ECAC WOMEN'S COACHES POLL

Earlier in the day, ECAC Hockey released its preseason coaches poll. Cornell was deemed the team to beat, receiving 119 points. Harvard was a close second with 109 points. 

Working our way down the list, Dartmouth came in fifth with 86 points, Quinnipiac was sixth with 71, Brown was ninth with 40 and Yale came in 12th of the dozen schools with just 12 points in the voting.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.