Miami Takes Over Atop Networks Poll

Miami just keeps winning, and the RedHawks’ reward this week was the No. 1 spot in the nation in the Networks Division I men’s poll released Monday.

The RedHawks, who sport the nation’s best record at 19-4-4, earned 20 of 40 first-place votes after sweeping Ferris State last weekend. Miami is trailed by Minnesota, which earned 15 first-place nods by sweeping now-No. 4 Wisconsin on the road. The Gophers have now won 11 of their last 12 games and are tied with UW and Denver atop the WCHA standings.

Last week’s top pick, Boston College, which fell to third after losing to archrival Boston University but recovering to edge Massachusets-Lowell on Saturday.

Cornell stayed put in fifth after beating Brown and tying Yale, while Michigan likewise retained its No. 6 position, tying twice against Michigan State.

Colorado College moved up two spots to No. 7 despite an off week as other teams dropped below the Tigers in the rankings. Meanwhile, Boston University reaped the benefits of its win over BC and another victory against Massachusetts, vaulting all the way up to No. 8, a five-position gain from last week.

Providence also climbed into the top 10, moving up two places with a win over New Hampshire Friday to take over at No. 9. Right behind the Friars were the Denver Pioneers, which swept a series at Alaska-Anchorage.

The next 10 teams in the poll were headed by No. 11 North Dakota, which fell four spots after suffering a home sweep at the hands of St. Cloud State. Maine was again No. 12, while Vermont fell five positions to No. 13 in the wake of a split with Merrimack. Michigan State climbed to No. 14, followed by Lake Superior, which jumped up four spots by sweeping Bowling Green.

New Hampshire suffered the week’s biggest freefall, dropping six places to No. 16 after losing its only game of the weekend to Providence. No. 17 was Colgate, followed by St. Lawrence, newly-ranked St. Cloud at No. 19, and then Harvard.

Dropping out of the rankings was Northern Michigan.