BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott women's ice hockey team has been ranked No. 9 in the D3hockey.com Preseason Poll, as announced by the organization yesterday.
Endicott received 28 points to rank one slot ahead of the final team in the poll, Amherst (14 points) who finished last year's campaign unranked. Meanwhile, the Gulls concluded last season's slate ranked No. 8 in the final poll of the year.
The D3hockey.com Top 15 is voted on by a panel of 20 coaches, Sports Information Directors, and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.
Meanwhile, last week, Endicott was tabbed No. 2 in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) Coaches' Preseason Poll just three points behind Morrisville State (47-44).
2016-17 YEAR IN REVIEW
In 2016-17, the Endicott women's ice hockey program captured their first-ever CHC regular season title before playing in its second straight conference championship game. Unfortunately, Endicott fell to Morrisville State, 3-1, at home in the CHC championship game. The Gulls finished the year nationally ranked in the following categories: No. 11 scoring offense (3.00 g/gm), No. 4 scoring defense (1.22 g/gm), No. 8 scoring margin (1.78), No. 1 fewest penalty minutes (5.5 pim/g), No. 18 power play (18.6%), No. 1 penalty kill (95.8%, 68/71), No. 46 combined special teams (46.0%, 92/200), and No. 4 team winning percentage (.833, 22-4-1).
Endicott also saw Andy McPhee earn CHC Coach of the Year honors along with Lexi Klein (Shoreview, Minn.), Maggie Layo(Sandwich, Mass.), Jonsson, Carter, and Meier claim All-Conference accolades. Meier also joined Demers and Gibbs on the CHC All-Rookie Team as well.
Endicott opens up its 2017-18 season this Saturday at home against Southern Maine at 7 PM.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)