Newly-Named Women’s Leagues Produce 1st Coaches’ Polls

Last year’s defending ECAC Champion, Dartmouth, was chosen as the favorite in the ECAC Women’s Hockey League – North Coaches’ Preseason Poll. The Big Green received six of the nine first place votes. The Big Green captured the ECAC Championship last season and lost in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

The national runners-up, St. Lawrence, received the other three first place votes and were voted second in the poll. The Saints dropped the championship game to Minnesota-Duluth.

Brown and Harvard were voted third and fourth, while Princeton Cornell and Yale followed them.

Newcomers to Division I play and the league, Colgate and Vermont, were voted to finish eighth and ninth in the league.

2001-2002 ECAC Women’s Hockey League – North Preaseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Dartmouth (6)       62
2. St. Lawrence (3) 58
3. Brown 50
4. Harvard 42
5. Princeton 38
6. Cornell 27
7. Yale 21
8. Colgate 17
9. Vermont 9

New Hampshire was picked to finish first in the ECAC Eastern Hockey League Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Wildcats received six of the eight first place votes. New Hampshire will host this year’s Women’s Frozen Four.

The Wildcats were followed by the Providence Friars, who received the other two first place votes.

Niagara was voted third, followed by Northeastern, while Maine and Boston College followed.

Connecticut was picked to finish seventh and Quinnipiac eighth in the two teams debut in the ECAC.

The ECAC Womens Eastern Hockey League was created this season after the ECAC Division I Women’s Hockey League was split into two conferences.

2001-02 ECAC Eastern Women’s Hockey League Coaches Poll

1. New Hampshire (6)   48
2. Providence (2) 42
3. Niagara 36
4. Northeastern 32
5. Maine 27
6. Boston College 17
7. Connecticut 15
8. Quinnipiac 7