Women’s D-I picks: Dec. 6

Both Arlan and I went 10-5-1 last week, as New Hampshire ruined my promising two-game lead on Arlan after Friday. Oh well. On the year, I am now 120-45-19, while Arlan is 127-38-19. Perhaps I should aim to gain a game or two a week.

Friday, Dec. 6

Union at Quinnipiac
Candace: Union should play the Bobcats tough, but will fall short. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: Union has been idle for so long that I’d forgotten all about the Dutchwomen. Quinnipiac 3-1

Rensselaer at Princeton
Candace: I think I could flip a coin 10 times and have better odds that I’m right in this. Princeton 2-1
Arlan: Based on what I witnessed last weekend, the Engineers would be the smarter pick. Princeton 2-1

UNH at Harvard
Candace: Harvard should win this, although it might be closer if the Crimson look ahead to Saturday’s big game against BC. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: The Wildcats haven’t won in this series since February of 2009. Harvard 3-1

Yale at Providence
Candace: I think Yale has a legitimate shot at the ECAC tournament this year. Yale 3-2
Arlan: The Friars are on a season-best three-game winning streak. Yale 4-3

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7

RIT at Robert Morris
Candace: The Tigers did split with Mercyhurst a couple of weeks ago, but that was at home. Robert Morris 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: The Colonials are still looking for their first win over the Tigers. Robert Morris 2-1, 2-1

Minnesota State at St. Cloud State
Candace: Can the Huskies score? Can the Mavericks? Minnesota State 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: Two teams that look like they would be better, but for some reason, they aren’t. St. Cloud State 2-1, Minnesota State 3-1

Bemidji State at Wisconsin
Candace: A major test for a Badgers team without the best goalie in the game right now, but I think they will pull through. Wisconsin 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: Bemidji State usually puts up a pretty good fight in Madison, and the Badgers are without Alex Rigsby. Wisconsin 3-2, 3-1

Minnesota Duluth at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers haven’t been particularly great out-of-conference this year, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Boston University 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: Did UMD empty the tank versus Wisconsin? Is BU tired after playing Northeastern? Will anyone win? Will anyone score? Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 3-2

North Dakota at Clarkson
Candace: Like Arlan, I think a split, and like Arlan, I have no idea which team wins which game. North Dakota 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: I’m convinced that this will be a split, but I’d have to flip a coin on the order. North Dakota 3-2, 2-1

Saturday, Dec. 7

Boston College at Harvard
Candace: Arlan is right. Boston College 2-1
Arlan: I’m more confident that Candace will pick BC than in the game’s outcome. Harvard 2-1

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8

Minnesota at Ohio State
Candace: OSU finally won a pair, but it won’t help against the Gophers. Minnesota 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: Have the Buckeyes discovered something in New Hampshire? Will it matter this weekend? Minnesota 3-1, 3-2

Sunday, Dec. 8

Dartmouth at New Hampshire
Candace: I’m not sure I’ve correctly picked a UNH game this season. Dartmouth 2-1
Arlan: Rumor has it that Candace enjoys picking UNH games. New Hamsphire 2-1

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Vermont at Dartmouth
Candace: Given how many times the Catamounts have gone to OT this season, a tie wouldn’t surprise me. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: No matter the outcome of its games this week, Dartmouth will head into the Christmas break with its worst record of the NCAA era. Dartmouth 4-3