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Lisa Champagne <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 24 Sep 2002 13:16:05 -0500
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Harvard is Preseason Favorite in ECAC Coaches' Poll

The 2002-03 ECAC Women's Hockey League coaches' preseason poll has been
released and Harvard University garnered six of nine first place votes,
gaining recognition as the preseason favorite.  The Crimson's 62 points were
five better than the 57 second pick Dartmouth College received.  The Big
Green received two first place votes.  Brown University was picked third,
receiving one first place vote and 51 points, and St. Lawrence University
was fourth with 44 points.

        All four of those teams advanced to the ECAC JPMorgan Chase Hockey
Championship last year, with Harvard (18-11-2) and St. Lawrence (22-10-4)
both falling in the semifinals.  Brown (25-8-2) and regular season champion
Dartmouth (24-6-2) earned berths in the championship game, which Brown won,
3-2.  Brown also advanced to the NCAA Women's Frozen Four, losing to
Minnesota-Duluth in the national title match.

        Harvard returns top scorer and 2001-02 ECAC-North Rookie of the Year
Nicole Corriero, who scored 32 goals and 30 assists in 31 games last season.
Senior Kalen Ingram, a 2001-02 Second Team All-Conference pick also returns,
and will be joined up front by 2002 Olympians Julie Chu and Jennifer
Botterill.  Chu, a freshman, and Botterill, a senior, will team with
two-time Olympian Angela Ruggerio, who will shore up the defense.

2002-03 ECAC Women's Hockey League Preseason Poll
1. Harvard (6)  62
2. Dartmouth(2) 57
3. Brown                    51
4. St. Lawrence         44
5. Princeton    38
6. Cornell      29
7. Colgate      19
8. Yale         18
9. Vermont      8