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Yale atop ECAC coaches and media polls

Yale was voted the top team in the ECAC by both the league’s coaches and media for the third consecutive season.

In the coaches poll, defending regular season champion Union finished second in the poll. Cornell is slotted to finish third, Rensselaer ranks fourth, Dartmouth occupies the fifth slot followed by Quinnipiac.

Harvard sits in the No. 7 spot, while Princeton takes the No. 8 position. St. Lawrence was selected in the No. 9 position and Colgate came in tenth.

Clarkson is the No. 11 team in the poll, while Brown comes in at No. 12.

Team (First-place votes)
Points
1. Yale (9)117
2. Union (2)107
3. Cornell97
4. Rensselaer85
5. Dartmouth76
6. Quinnipiac (1)70
7. Harvard65
8. Princeton51
9. St. Lawrence43
10. Colgate31
11. Clarkson28
12. Brown22

In the media poll after Yale, it’s Union at No. 2, Cornell third and Dartmouth fourth.

Rounding out the rest of the poll in order are Rensselaer, Quinnipiac, Princeton, St. Lawrence, Clarkson, Colgate, Brown and Harvard.

Team (First-place votes)
Points
1. Yale (23)432
2. Union (11)397
3. Cornell (3)356
4. Dartmouth (1)308
5. Rensselaer281
6. Quinnipiac239
7. Princeton205
8. St. Lawrence173
9. Clarkson164
10. Colgate152
11. Brown134
12. Harvard129

A record 38 voters participated in the poll, which was conducted by Schenectady Daily Gazette college hockey writer Ken Schott.

The media’s preseason all-conference team is led by Yale forwards Brian O’Neill and Andrew Miller and St. Lawrence’s Greg Carey, defensemen Nick Bailen (RPI) and Danny Biega (Harvard) and goalie James Mello from Dartmouth.

The 2011-12 coaches’ preseason all-league team is made up of Jack Maclellan (Brown), Miller and O’Neill up front, Bailen and Biega on defense and Mello in net.


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  • guest

    Interesting disparity between Harvard’s positions in the two polls – 7 and 12.

  • EliBlue

    Big Yale fan, but losing 9 quality seniors including half your D and not having a clear picture in goal doesn’t generally lead you to conclude number 1. 

    • Guest

      It’s Yale go figure the overated pre-~season pole

  • Ecac

    Have to agree with EliBlue.  Don’t know what either poll is considering.  Best team in the conference the last 15 games was Colgate who lost 3 guys.  Their young guys all  played 42 games and will be much more ready for a college season.  Especially their goalie.

    Yale loses 9 guys who played and their goalie.  Union loses a ton as well, especially with their goalie and coach.  RPI was not good at all down the stretch and lost their 3 best players, far and away, especially their goalie. 

    Poll makes no sense.

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