With the top teams trading blows, Elmira overcame a 1-1 tie with No. 7 Williams to remain in first place in the USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll. The Soaring Eagles topped No. 5 Middlebury 4-2 and improved to 9-2-2 on the season, with both losses coming against a Division I team.
No. 2 Bowdoin outscored its opponents 15-2 this weekend, and moved into a tie for first place in the NESCAC standings with Middlebury. The Polar Bears received three first-place nods.
Manhattanville also received a first-place vote after winning a pair of games over Sacred Heart. The Valiants now begin an extended exam break and will not see action until January 11.
Two new teams tied for tenth place this week, RIT and Hamilton. With a pair of wins, RIT is now a perfect 10-0-0 on the season, but haven’t played a ranked team yet. In contrast, Hamilton has three ranked opponents on its resume despite having played just five games. Among those games is a 4-2 win over now-No. 7 Williams. In a twist of fate, these RIT and Hamilton will face off, most likely for the distinction of remaining ranked, this Saturday.
The USCHO.com Poll is compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online, and consists of 12 voters, all coaches of Division III programs.