Preseason Polls Favor Dartmouth Hockey Teams

 

The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference's preseason polls look favorably on the Big Green hockey teams for 2000-2001.

The Dartmouth women were picked No. 1 by the ECAC coaches after collecting nine first-place votes.

The Ivy League was well represented in the poll as the Big Green had 130 points followed by Brown and Harvard with 113 each.

The women ended the 1999-2000 season with a 17-7 conference record, 20-11 overall. Dartmouth finished third in the ECAC Tournament and also captured third place at the 2000 AWCHA National Tournament.

"It is really exciting that we are No. 1," head coach Judy Oberting said. "The players deserve it; they have worked incredibly hard. Every year has been a little better than the last. We have been fighting for respect and I think we finally have it. Our team is excited to prove the poll right."

Oberting returns 20 players including junior Correne Bredin (Warburg, Alta.) and last year's Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year, Carly Haggard (Port Alberni, B.C.). The two finished 1-2 in scoring with 46 and 41 points, respectively.

The Dartmouth men's hockey team was picked seventh in both the coach and media polls.

The Big Green earned 66 points and was followed by Yale with 60 points. The media poll provided a little more excitement as the Green had a first-place vote and finished with 103 points.

U.S. College Hockey On-line released its men's hockey preview and chose Dartmouth to finish second behind ECAC Tournament champion, St. Lawrence.

"The polls are other people's opinions," head coach Bob Gaudet said. "Our goal is to go out and prepare to be ready when the puck drops and take it one game at a time to win the ECAC Championship. The poll means nothing to me personally. My hope is that we are better than the poll indicates. We are going out to play hard all season in hopes of capturing the championship."

Returning to the team are the top five scorers, including Frank Nardella (Melrose Park, Ill.) with 20 points (8g, 12a) and Mike Maturo (Manchester, N.H.) who had 16 points (8g, 8a). (Bill Garfield)