ALBANY, N.Y. – With the 2017-18 season fast approaching, Harvard women's hockey was voted to finish seventh in the ECAC Hockey preseason coaches' poll, as announced on Tuesday.
Clarkson was the overwhelming pick to win the conference, garnering 10 first place votes and 119 points. St. Lawrence and Cornell were slotted second and third with 103 and 99 points respectively.
Colgate was selected fourth with 88 points, followed by Quinnipiac (85), Princeton (82) and Harvard (61).
Last season, just three of the top five preseason teams remained there in the final standings. St. Lawrence and Cornell both jumped from the six and seven spots to finish second and third respectively.
The Crimson is primed for success in the 2017-18 season, returning over 70 percent of its scoring members from last season. In the off season, Harvard also added eight talented newcomers that are expected to make an immediate impact on the ice.
2017-18 ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
- Clarkson (10) 119
- St. Lawrence (1) 103
- Cornell (1) 99
- Colgate 88
- Quinnipiac 85
- Princeton 82
- Harvard 61
- Yale 51
- Rensselaer 33
- Dartmouth 29
- Union 25
- Brown 17
Additionally, the Crimson garnered four votes in the first USCHO.com poll released on Monday.
Harvard is set to begin the 2017-18 campaign on Oct. 13 with an exhibition contest against McGill at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Puck drop is slated for 6 p.m.