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Posted: February 18th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team remains eighth in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll, which was released Tuesday. But the Lakers (21-7-3) received a season-high 64 voting points, only two behind seventh-ranked North Dakota (17-9-4). Minnesota (30-1-1) earned all 19 first-place votes to hold onto the top spot, while Robert Morris (22-7-3) – Mercyhurst’s rival in College Hockey America – stayed at No. 9 with 25 points. Syracuse received two votes.
In other news, the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team received one vote in the USCHO.com Division I poll. The Lakers (17-12-5) joined Air Force (five votes) as the only Atlantic Hockey Association schools to make the list.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Minnesota (19) 30-1-1 190
2. Wisconsin 23-5-2 168
3. Cornell 20-3-4 144
4. Clarkson 23-4-5 140
5. Harvard 20-4-5 103
6. Boston College 23-5-3 102
7. North Dakota 17-9-4 66
8. Mercyhurst 21-7-3 64
9. Robert Morris 22-7-3 25
10. Quinnipiac 18-5-9 24
Others receiving votes: Boston University 13, Northeastern 2, Syracuse 2, Minnesota-Duluth 1

USCHO.com Division I men’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Boston College (49) 24-4-3
2. Minnesota (1) 21-4-5
3. Union 20-6-4
4. St. Cloud State 17-6-5
5. Quinnipiac 21-6-5
6. Ferris State 21-7-3
7. UMass-Lowell 20-7-3
8. Wisconsin 17-9-2
9. Northeastern 17-10-3
10. Michigan 14-9-3
11. North Dakota 16-9-3
12. Providence 15-9-6
13. Cornell 12-7-5
14. Yale 13-8-4
15. Notre Dame 17-12-2
16. Vermont 15-11-3
17. Maine 15-10-3
18. Denver 14-10-6
19. Colgate 14-11-5
20. Minnesota-Duluth 13-11-4
Others receiving votes: Clarkson 95, Minnesota State 65, Ohio State 29, New Hampshire 6, Air Force 5, Western Michigan 4, Nebraska-Omaha 2, Mercyhurst 1

Posted: January 30th, 2014

No. 10 Mercyhurst (15-7-3, 8-3-1 CHA) at Syracuse (14-9-2, 6-4-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Tennity Ice Pavilion – Syracuse, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.suathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst (17 points) looks to keep pace with front-running Robert Morris (19 points) in the College Hockey America standings. Syracuse stands fourth with 14 points. … Mercyhurst has a 24-0-2 all-time record against the Orange. The Lakers went 1-0-1 in a two-game series at Mercyhurst Ice Center in November. … The Lakers are ranked in the top 10 of the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national Division I polls for the first time since mid-November. … Senior F Christine Bestland (14 goals, 24 assists, 38 points) became the third player in program history with 125 assists with two assists in last Saturday’s win against RMU. … Sophomore F Emily Janiga (13-17-30) ranks second on the team in scoring, followed by junior F Shelby Bram (7-20-27), senior F Christie Cicero (11-14-25) and sophomore F Jenna Dingeldein (9-15-24). … Syracuse has won four straight and seven of their past eight games. … The Orange lead the conference with a 18.7 power-play percentage. … Sophomore Fs Melissa Piacentini (12-9-21) and Nicole Renault (4-16-20) lead the team in scoring. … Senior G Jenesica Drinkwater has a 1.99 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and two shutouts in a personal four-game winning streak.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 28th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team is back in both national Division I polls for the first time in two months. A day after moving into the 10th spot in the USCHO.com poll, the Lakers (15-7-3) are 10th on the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine list, which was released today. They received 26 votes to surpass Boston University. Minnesota (24-1-1) remains No. 1 with all 19 first-place votes and 190 points.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine women’s Division I poll
No. School (1st-place votes) Record Total points
1. Minnesota (19) 24-1-1 190
2. Wisconsin 21-3-2 170
3. Harvard 16-2-2 123
4. North Dakota 16-5-3 122
5. Clarkson 19-4-3 115
6. Cornell 14-3-4 108
7. Boston College 18-4-3 83
8. Robert Morris 20-4-2 73
9. Quinnipiac 16-4-6 34
10. Mercyhurst 15-7-3 26
Honorable mention: Boston University 1

Posted: October 8th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team dropped out of one national poll. But they are still among the top 10 on one list.
The Lakers, which fell to 1-2-0 with an overtime loss to Ohio State last Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center, slipped to 10th from ninth in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine’s latest Division I ranking. Mercyhurst received 14 voting points, one more than the Buckeyes, who are the top team on the honorable mention list.
Minnesota earned 18-of-19 first-place votes and 189 points to remain No. 1, followed by Boston College (164 points) and Clarkson (one first-place vote and 157 points). Cornell (113 points) and Wisconsin (100) completed the top five. North Dakota (97), Boston University (87), Harvard (52), Minnesota Duluth (51) and Mercyhurst rounded out the list. Quinnipiac (5), Northeastern (2) and Dartmouth (1) also received votes.

Posted: May 16th, 2013

Add another major publication – Sports Illustrated – to the always growing list of media outlets throughout North America that have done feature stories on hockey phenom Connor McDavid since he joined the Erie Otters as a 15-year-old at the start of the 2013-14 OHL season.
Sports Illustrated has a four-page article in its latest magazine entitled “The Next Next Next One.” McDavid, the highly touted No. 1 pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection who’s already expected to be the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, also has been featured by media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today and ESPN.com, The Hockey News, Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail in Toronto) and Le Journal de Montreal.
McDavid, 16, a native of Newmarket, Ontario, finished second among all OHL rookies with 66 points in the regular season. He won a gold medal, and led all scorers with 14 points in seven games, with Canada in the IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia.

Posted: November 10th, 2010
COLOARDO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team moved up a spot to third in this week’s USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll. The Lakers, ranked fourth in the USCHO.com Poll, earned 144 points after going 1-1 in a pair of games last week.

Wisconsin remained the top-ranked team with 183 points and 14 first-place votes, following by Cornell with 159 points and the final four first-place tallies. Minnesota Duluth dropped to fourth with 143 points, while Boston University took fifth with 127 points.

Boston College (93), Minnesota (69), North Dakota (62), Ohio State (34) and Harvard (26) rounded out the poll in spots 6 – 10.

No. 3/4 Mercyhurst returns to action on Friday, Nov. 19 when it faces College Hockey America opponent Wayne State in Detroit, Mich.

- From Mercyhurst College news release
Posted: October 12th, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team earned 172 points and seven first-place votes to take the top spot in the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll released Tuesday. The Lakers are now ranked No. 1 in both national polls after moving up in the USCHO.com poll on Monday.
Cornell remained at No. 2 with 155 points and six first-place votes, while Minnesota moved up to the No. 3 spot with 144 points and two first-place votes. Wisconsin climbed to No. 4 with 141 points and two first-place votes after twice defeating Bemidji State. Minnesota Duluth rounded out the top five with 138 points and two first-place votes following a weekend split with No. 7 North Dakota.
Boston University was tabbed sixth with 81 points, while Boston College (58), Harvard (40) and Ohio State (18) occupied spots 8 –10.
Mercyhurst continues non-conference play this weekend with a two-game series at Bemidji State, beginning on Friday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.

- From Mercyhurst College news release

Posted: March 2nd, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mercyhurst College, which won two games against Syracuse University last weekend, is the unanimous No. 1 in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll. The Lakers, who improved to 27-2-3 on the season, hold the top spot for the 20th straight poll after collecting 190 points all 19 first-place votes.

This Week’s Top-10 matchups
Friday
No. 4 Harvard
at
No. 6 Clarkson
(ECAC Hockey Semifinals)

Saturday
No. 7 Connecticut
at
No. 10 Providence
(Hockey East Association Semifinals)

Minnesota Duluth (169) retains the No. 2 spot after two wins against North Dakota while Minnesota (152), which also won twice against Minnesota State, holds the No. 3 position. Harvard (125), which collected a pair of wins against Princeton, stays at No. 4, while New Hampshire (114) rounds out the top five after an idle weekend.

Highlighting this weekend’s games are two top-10 match-ups, with No. 6 Clarkson hosting No. 4 Harvard in the ECAC Hockey tournament semifinals, and No. 7 Connecticut traveling to No. 10 Providence in the Hockey East Association semifinals.

- From Mercyhurst College news release

Posted: February 23rd, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. – The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team remained the unanimous favorite in the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine Women’s Division Poll, which was released Tuesday by USA Hockey officials. The Lakers claimed 190 points and all 19 first-place votes to rank No. 1 for the 20th-straight week.

Minnesota Duluth moved up a spot to No. 2 with 164 points after sweeping Bemidji State, while Minnesota, which earned a split against then-No. 10 Wisconsin, fell to No. 3 with 158 points. Harvard (124) jumped two spots to No. 4, knocking New Hampshire (116) down to fifth and Clarkson (83) down to sixth.

Northeastern and Connecticut swapped spots, with NU taking seventh with 59 points and UConn capturing eighth with 51. Cornell occupied the No. 9 ranking with 39 points, followed by Providence at No. 10 with 28 points.

- From Mercyhurst College news release

Posted: February 17th, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mercyhurst College is the unanimous No. 1 in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll. The Lakers, who hold the top spot for the 18th straight poll, accumulated 190 points and all 19 first-place votes.

This Week’s Top-10 Match-ups
Friday, February 19
No. 10 Wisconsin
at
No. 2 Minnesota

No. 6 Harvard
at
No. 5 Clarkson

Saturday, February 20
No. 10 Wisconsin
at
No. 2 Minnesota

No. 6 Harvard
at
No. 5 Clarkson

No. 8 Northeastern
at
No. 7 Connecticut

Sunday, February 21
No. 7 Connecticut
at
No. 8 Northeastern

The University of Minnesota (168) retains the No. 2 position after garnering a 0-1-1 record against St. Cloud State University, while the University of Minnesota Duluth (147), which split its weekend series with The Ohio State University, secures the No. 3 spot. The University of New Hampshire (135), which won a pair of games against the University of Vermont, jumps two spots to No. 4, while Clarkson University (104) rounds out the top five after losing to Princeton University and tying Quinnipiac University.

Following a one-week absence, No. 9 Cornell University (24) returns to the top 10 after defeating Brown University and Yale University.

Highlighting this upcoming weekend’s games are six top-10 match-ups, including two ECAC Hockey contests between No. 5 Clarkson and No. 6 Harvard University in Potsdam, N.Y.

NOTES: ECAC Hockey, The Hockey East Association and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association each have three ranked teams. Mercyhurst is the only ranked College Hockey America team … A total of 15 teams received votes.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Women’s College Hockey Poll – #19
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School, Points
Last Poll’s Ranking 2009-10 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 Mercyhurst College, 190 (19) 1 23-2-3 19
2 University of Minnesota, 168 2 21-6-5 19
3 University of Minnesota Duluth, 147 3 22-8-2 19
4 University of New Hampshire, 135 6 18-6-5 19
5 Clarkson University, 104 4 20-8-4 18
6 Harvard University, 101 5 17-6-4 18
7 University of Connecticut, 81 7 19-7-6 6
8 Northeastern University, 44 8 16-8-6 13
9 Cornell University, 24 NR 13-8-6 10
10 University of Wisconsin, 22 10 17-12-3 19

Others receiving votes: Providence College, 20; Boston University, 3; St. Cloud State University, 3; Quinnipiac University, 2; The Ohio State University, 1.

- From USA Hockey news release

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