Syracuse received five first-place votes in the annual CHA preseason coaches poll, which was released Monday, and was deemed the top team heading into the 2016-17 season.
Mercyhurst garnered the other first-place vote and is slotted second in the poll.
|School (First-place votes)||Total points|
|1. Syracuse (5)||25|
|2. Mercyhurst (1)||20|
|3. Robert Morris||16|
|4. Penn State||15|
|5 (tie). RIT||7|
|5 (tie). Lindenwood||7|