CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Earlier this week the ECAC East Hockey conference announced the 2013-14 Preseason Coaches' Poll in which the Beacons were picked to finish seventh this season after earning a combined 74 points.
Of the Division III programs in the ECAC East the Beacons ranked fifth with Saint Anselm College and the College of Holy Cross not eligible for the postseason due to their Division II status. Norwich University was selected to repeat as conference championships, followed by St. Anselm. Manhattanville College was picked to finish third, while Holy Cross closed out the top-4. From there it was Salve Regina University in fifth then Castleton State College in sixth.
After the Beacons, the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine were selected to finish eighth. New England College was picked ninth, then Plymouth State University in 10th, then Saint Michael's College in 11th, and finally Nichols College in 12th.
Coming into the 2013-14 season now fourth year head coach Colleen Harris will lead her largest roster to date having brought in 29 players. Amongst this year's roster is a junior class that consists of 15 players, all of which who were a part of last year's postseason run to the ECAC Semi-Finals.
Coach Harris also welcomes back her All-Rookie team selection in goalie Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.). The sophomore netminder had a stellar second half last year as she led the Beacons to a huge quarterfinal win over Castleton State College. She also played a major role in the UMass Boston win over then nationally ranked Manhattanville College during the regular season. As a rookie, Schaejbe registered 478 saves in over 1,036 minutes of playing time.
The Beacons will open their season tomorrow afternoon when they face St. Anselm College at 4 p.m. in Manchester, N.H.
2013-2014 ECAC Women's East Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll Results
|Team||Points (Out of a Possible 144 Points)|
|1. Norwich University||143|
|2. Saint Anselm College||119|
|3. Manhattanville College||112|
|4. College of the Holy Cross||105|
|5. Salve Regina University||94|
|6. Castleton State College||90|
|7. UMass Boston
|8. University of Southern Maine||61|
|9. New England College||55|
|10. Plymouth State University||44|
|11. Saint Michael's College||21|
|12. Nichols College||18|