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Posted: November 12th, 2012

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team remained No. 4 in the latest Division I poll, which was released Monday. The Lakers (10-1-1) gained eight points in the poll despite being off this past weekend. The top four teams – No. 1 Minnesota (12-0-0), Cornell (6-1-0), Clarkson (10-2-0) and Mercyhurst remained unchanged. Boston College (4-3-1) moved to fifth from seventh. Harvard (4-0-0), Boston University (7-3-1), Ohio State (9-3-0), Northeastern (8-1-2) and North Dakota (5-5-0) completed the top 10.

Posted: September 17th, 2012

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team will begin the 2012-13 season ranked 10th in the Division I poll, which was released Monday. The Lakers begin the season Saturday with an 3 p.m. exhibition game against Stoney Creek (Ontario) at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The regular season begins Sept. 28 at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Defending national champion Minnesota tops the list after receiving all 15 first-place votes, followed by Wisconsin, Cornell, Boston College and North Dakota. Boston University stands sixth, ahead of St. Lawrence, Minnesota Duluth, Northeastern and the Lakers. Robert Morris, which snapped Mercyhurst’s nine-year run as College Hockey America Tournament champion a season ago, received one vote in the poll.

Posted: January 23rd, 2012

Lakers drop to 7th in USCHO poll

The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team’s first College Hockey America loss in two years cost the Lakers two spots in the latest Division I poll. The Lakers (18-5-1) dropped to No. 7 from fifth after splitting a two-game weekend series with Robert Morris.

A night after winning at RMU 4-2 on Friday, Mercyhurst fell to the Colonials 3-2 on Saturday for its first CHA loss since a 2-1 defeat to Niagara on Jan. 30, 2010. North Dakota (15-8-2) and Northeastern (17-5-2) jumped into the fifth and sixth spots, respectively, ahead of the Lakers.

Wisconsin (22-2-2) remains No. 1 with 13 first-place votes. Cornell (18-2-0) moved to No. 2 ahead of Minnesota (20-4-2), which features Girard native and redshirt senior forward Jen Schoullis.

Meanwhile, the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team’s two-week stay in the poll ended Monday, despite a 1-0-1 weekend at Holy Cross. Rochester Institute of Technology (14-8-2) earned seven votes in the poll. The Tigers face Mercyhurst (14-9-3) in a two-game series next weekend in a battle for first place in the Atlantic Hockey Association.


O’Donoghue earns AHA honor

Mercyhurst College sophomore forward Daniel O’Donoghue was named co-Atlantic Hockey Association player of the week Monday. He shared the honor with Robert Morris senior forward Cody Crichton. O’Donoghue had two goals and two assists in two games against Holy Cross, including the winning goal in overtime of a 3-2 victory on Friday. He has five goals and 14 points this season.


Posted: November 15th, 2010 Division I Women’s Poll
Minneapolis, Minn./November 15, 2010

Team       (First Place)  Record   Pts  Last Week
1 Wisconsin           (15)   9-1-0   150     1
2 Cornell                    6-1-0   130     2
3 Minnesota-Duluth           8-2-0   115     3
4 Mercyhurst 7-2-0   114     4
5 Boston University          8-1-3    90     5
6 Minnesota                  6-5-0    60     7
7 Boston College             7-1-4    56     6
8 North Dakota               6-4-2    34     8
9 Dartmouth                  5-1-0    27    NR
10 Providence                 8-3-1    20    10

Others Receiving Votes: Ohio State 16, Bemidji State 7,
Quinnipiac 3, Northeastern 2, Harvard 1

The Poll is compiled weekly and consists of 15 voters, including 14 coaches of Division I programs and one women’s hockey writer. provides in-depth coverage of college hockey.

Posted: September 27th, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team has been ranked third in the first edition of the Division I Women’s Poll, released Monday by officials.

The Lakers earned 115 points after finishing the 2009-10 season with a 30-3-3 record.

Defending national champion Minnesota Duluth was ranked first with 148 points and 14 of the possible 15 first-place votes, followed by Cornell in second with 121 points. Minnesota and Wisconsin occupied the fourth and fifth spots with 98 and 87 points, respectively, with the Golden Gophers claiming the final first-place vote. Boston University (86), Clarkson (51), Harvard (35), Boston College (32) and New Hampshire (18) and Providence (18) in a tie rounded out rankings 6 – 10.

The Poll is compiled weekly and consists of 15 voters, including 14 coaches of Division I programs and three women’s hockey writers. Mercyhurst opens its 2010-11 campaign on Friday against St. Cloud State at 7 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

- From Mercyhurst news release

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