Minnesota starts year No. 1 in women’s D-I poll

Defending national champion Minnesota starts the 2013-14 season where it ended 2012-13 – ranked in the top spot of the USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll.

The Gophers earned 14 of 15 first-place votes, with No. 2 Boston College getting the other No. 1 nod.

Clarkson comes in at No. 3, followed by Cornell at No. 4 and then Boston University in the fifth spot.

At No. 6 is Wisconsin, Mercyhurst sits seventh, North Dakota eighth, Harvard at No. 9 and Northeastern at No. 10 rounds out the first poll of the season.