ECAC West Weekly Picks, Nov. 4-6

Friday, November 04
Hobart at Manhattanville
Manhattanville jumps right into the deep end with its first NCAA game against a tough ECAC West opponent, hosting Hobart.  The Valiants scored a big comeback victory against the Under-18 team last weekend, while Hobart failed to do the same against Cortland.  That gives Manhattanville the edge heading into this weekend’s games.
Elmira at Utica
“We had eight losses to just three teams last year,” said Utica coach Gary Heenan.  “We talked about Oswego, and that was a huge game for us.  We’re following it up with a team (Elmira) that beat us twice and tied us once last year.  No question it has been a game that we have thought long and hard about all summer.”
Saturday, November 05
Elmira at Manhattanville
Elmira has too many offensive weapons for the young Valiants defense to handle this early in the season.
Hobart at Salve Regina
The Statesmen should be able to get rolling and gain some confidence against Salve Regina.
Saint Michael’s at Utica
This is a bit of a trap game for Utica.  Coming off the highly anticipated game against Elmira, the Pioneers will have to guard against an emotional letdown with St. Michael’s.

Sunday, November 06

Curry at Neumann
Neumann finally plays its first NCAA game of the season.  The Knights have had plenty of time to prepare for what is historically a very tough ECAC Northeast team.