MINNEAPOLIS — The Soaring Eagles of Elmira captured first place in this week’s USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll for the fourth time in four tries this season. With two wins over conference rival No. 6 Plattsburgh, Elmira remains perfect at 7-0-0. The Soaring Eagles put their record and pride on the line this weekend, traveling to Detroit to take on Division I opponent Wayne State in a two game set.
New this week at No. 10 is Wis.-River Falls, which enters following a 7-0 blowout over MIAC member St. Catherine. Next week is a big test for the Falcons, with two games on the road against Lake Forest, which is a perfect 5-0-0 thus far, and received votes in this week’s poll.
Next week sees the first games of the season by many top programs, including No. 3 Bowdoin, which hosts Wesleyan and Trinity; No. 5 Middlebury, which travels to Hamilton and Amherst; and No. 6 Williams, which also takes on Amherst and Hamilton.
Also, we may find out if it is time for a changing of the guard in the MIAC, as upstart St. Thomas, at No. 9 this week, faces traditional powerhouse No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus in a home-and-home series.
The USCHO.com Poll is compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online, and consists of 11 voters, all coaches of Division III programs.