Winners and Losers

Every college team has its ups and downs, but we’re at the point in this season where some trends are beginning to emerge. Over the past few seasons we’ve seen some teams that had previously been doormats ride up and have breakout seasons. This year is no exception. You have to wonder which team will be the next Neumann, which is ranked in the Top Ten just three seasons removed from a 4-17-2 record. Here’s some candidates:

  • Skidmore (4-0). Tough weekend coming up against Bowdoin and Colby.
  • Castleton State (2-1): Ditto – also hosting Bowdoin and Colby. The Spartans have already won two games – they won four all last season.
  • Nichols (6-1-1) – Two seasons ago they finished 4-17-2.
  • Franklin Pierce (3-3-1) – The Ravens won exactly one game last season.
  • Wisconsin-Stout (7-1-1) – The Blue Devils have always hovered around the .500 mark. This could be a breakout year for them
  • Brockport (4-6-2) – The Golden eagles won four games all of last season.
  • Cortland (5-4-1) – Also won four games last season.

That said, for every team winning more games, there’s a squad losing more games. Perennial powers like Plattsburgh, Babson, Elmira, St. John’s, St. Thomas, New England and Williams are off to slow starts. Which ones will recover and which squads off to uncharacteristically good starts will keep it going? Time will tell.

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  1. TOP 5 Better Headlines For This Article:  You Vote

    #1 – Union is Money in AC
    #2 – Is the AC on?  Union Cool Under Crimson’s Pressure
    #3 – Union Cashes In – Harvard Cashes Out
    #4 – Atlantic City ECAC Tourney – Union Wins, Fans Lose
    #5 – Harvard Rolls Colgate, Hands the Cash To Union

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  2. Back to Lake Placid.  Olympic Regional Development Association wants it.  Lake Placid is a great destination. 

    Another idea – combine the Atlantic Hockey Championship and ECAC Championship at one arena, cut out the ECAC consolation game.  Atlantic Hockey at 2 on the undercard, ECAC at 7.  Atlantic Hockey can play the semis Thursday or early Friday.  The could probably play on the ’32 rink in Placid with the number of non-RIT fans that show up.  Does anyone remember when ECAC and Hockey East had their championships at the Boston Garden.  Not sure of the logistics, but it worked.

  3. Albany is the geographic center point for all the ECAC schools and makes the most sense. While not a “garden spot” with a FanFest and good bars/restaurants in the area, plus adequate hotels/housing, what else do people want? We’re there for the hockey, not the streetwalkers. With four NY colleges, and an easy bus ride for all othersa, except possibly Princeton, it’s a no brainer.

  4. Disappointed in Colgate’s performance. They’ve an inability to win the big one. Also, it seems they are plagued by bad calls going way back to that semi-final game vs. Michigan in the NCAAs. What a travesty of refereeing.

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