College Hockey:
Coaches Pick Cornell Women to Repeat in ECAC Hockey

Cornell is the heavy favorite to repeat its ECAC Hockey women’s regular-season title from a year ago.

The Big Red gained 11 of 12 first-place votes in the league’s preseason coaches poll.

Clarkson, which lost an overtime game to Cornell in the ECAC tournament championship game last season, got the one remaining first-place vote and finished second.

The full rankings, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points, follows:

 1. Cornell (11)  121
2. Clarkson (1) 105
3. Harvard 103
4. Quinnipiac 79
5. St. Lawrence 77
6. Princeton 73
7. Rensselaer 70
8. Dartmouth 52
9. Colgate 43
10. Yale 34
11. Brown 24
12. Union 11

Meanwhile, four Cornell players were named to the preseason all-league team, also selected by a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.

Defenders Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau, and forwards Rebecca Johnston and Catherine White made the list along with Quinnipiac goaltender Victoria Vigilanti and Harvard forward Kate Buesser.

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