Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 7

Well, I built on my lead on Arlan last week, though neither of us set the world on fire. I went 19-7-4 (.700)  to move to 83-21-15 (.760) on the year, while Arlan went 17-9-4 (.633) to move to 79-25-15 (.726) on the year.

There aren’t a lot of games this week, but we’re picking most of them.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 7-8

Robert Morris at Lindenwood
Candace: The Colonials have to win at some point, right? Robert Morris 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: Didn’t expect the Colonials to trail the Lions by three points after a week of CHA action. Lindenwood 2-1, Robert Morris

Mercyhurst at Syracuse
Candace: Syracuse will break its futile streak at some point, but not this weekend. Mercyhurst 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Orange will defeat Mercyhurst eventually, but given they couldn’t beat Lindenwood, they’re going to have to prove it to me first. Mercyhurst 2-1, 3-1

Ohio State at Minnesota State
Candace: The Buckeyes build momentum ahead of a huge game with Mercyhurst. Ohio State 2-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Schmitt sisters give the Buckeyes an edge. Ohio State 3-1, 4-3

Maine at Brown
Candace: A matchup of Bears could be a split, but I’ll go for the visitors. Maine 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: The good news for Brown in the early going is that it is scoring over a goal more per game than last year; the bad news is that goals allowed has made an even bigger jump. Maine 3-2, 2-1

Penn State at Colgate
Candace: This series could make me a believer in the Nittany Lions. A split seems likely, but I’ll pick a sweep. Penn State 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: Colgate has won only three games through the end of November the past two years and is starting slowly again, although this is likely a split of some sort. Penn State 2-1, 3-2

RIT at Princeton
Candace: Another matchup of squads with the same nickname. Based on last weekend, I’m picking the home team. Princeton 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: Princeton took the only other D-I meeting of the two streaks of Tigers. Princeton 3-1, 1-0

St. Cloud at Rensselaer
Candace: As Arlan says, I think this series is payback. St. Cloud 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Engineers got a road sweep in St. Cloud last year; can the Huskies get some payback? St. Cloud State 2-1, 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 8

Boston College at Northeastern
Candace: A good test of BC’s depth. Boston College 4-1
Arlan: A short-handed Northeastern can’t take advantage of an even shorter BC. Boston College 4-2

Vermont at New Hampshire
Candace: Both teams are missing players to Four Nations, so I’ll pick the deeper one. Vermont 3-1
Arlan: The Wildcats come in having lost five straight with BC, BC, BU, and Wisconsin twice to follow. I have a strange feeling that I should pick them here, but I lack the guts. Vermont 2-0

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence
Candace: I’m torn on this game, mainly because I don’t know which St. Lawrence team will show up. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: St. Lawrence has gotten into the habit of playing nonconference games versus neighboring Clarkson; now the Saints and Big Green head to Rochester to play out of league. St. Lawrence 1-0

Boston University at Yale
Candace: The Bulldogs came down to Earth last week. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: Neither has inspired a ton of confidence, but the Terriers have been better at finding a way. Boston University 5-4

Sunday, Nov. 9

Vermont at Boston College
Candace: Yes, Arlan knows who I will pick. Boston College 3-1
Arlan: A rare game that looks to be roughly a toss up where I know exactly what Candace will pick, offering a chance to gain ground (or continue to lose it.) Vermont 2-1

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Northeastern at Boston University
Candace: Back-to-back games against the Boston squads isn’t a good way for Northeastern to get untracked. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: Northeastern struggled through the first half last year and is off to an even slower start. Boston University 3-2

Mercyhurst at Ohio State
Candace: This could go either way, so I’ll pick home ice. Ohio State 2-1
Arlan: The Buckeyes won in OT in Erie last year in the programs’ first meeting since 2004. Mercyhurst 2-1