Defending national champion Clarkson earned 14 first-place votes in this week’s USCHO.com Preseason Division I Women’s Poll.
No. 4 Boston College garnered the other first-place vote.
Wisconsin comes in at No. 2, while Minnesota sits No. 3.
Last season’s national runner-up Colgate is No. 5, followed by Cornell at No. 6, Ohio State No. 7, Northeastern at No. 8, Minnesota Duluth ninth and Mercyhurst rounding out the top 10.