MINNEAPOLIS — Elmira captured first-place honors in the first regular-season edition of the USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll, but despite outscoring this weekend’s opponent, Chatham, by a combined 24-0 score and improving to 4-0-0 in the process, the Soaring Eagles do not have a stranglehold on first place.
No. 2 Manhattanville garnered one first-place vote, despite having a 0-1-0 mark. The catch? That game was a 3-1 loss to Division I member Wayne State, in which the Valiants played even with the Warriors throughout the contest.
With two noticeable wins over St. Mary’s, Wis.-Stevens Point captured the fourth spot outright. The Pointers were tied with Middlebury, No. 5 this week, in preseason voting.
Wis.-River Falls made a statement, downing MIAC members Augsburg and No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus to climb into the No. 9 spot.
Coming up, the MIAC and the NCHA continue to trade blows, as No. 4 Wis.-Stevens Point takes its crack at No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus in a pair of games, and No. 9 Wis.-River Falls takes on St. Mary’s and St. Thomas, two teams receiving votes in this week’s poll.
The USCHO.com Poll is compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online, and consists of 12 voters, all coaches of Division III programs.