HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team was picked to finish 10th in the 2017-18 ECAC Hockey Preseason Women’s Coaches Poll, which was released by the league office Tuesday afternoon.
Defending national champion Clarkson received 10-of-12 first-place votes to sit atop the poll and was followed by St. Lawrence and Cornell, which both earned one first-place vote apiece.
This is the second season in a row that the Big Green have been picked 10th. Last year, Dartmouth tied for 10th with Brown with an overall record of 7-21-0 and a conference mark of 5-17-0.
“We have a very solid game plan in place for what needs to be done to rebuild the team,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “I am thrilled to be here.
After losing eight players to graduation, the team is made up of 15 returnees (three seniors, five juniors, seven sophomores) and seven freshmen. Making their collegiate debuts next month are Jennifer Costa, Megan Cornell, Taylor Matherson, Emily McLaughlin, Linda Essery, Katerina Dajia and Kayla Wormsbecher.
While Laura Schuler is serving as head coach of the Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, Marsh will step in as interim head coach for the 2017-18 season. Marsh was the former longtime head coach of the St. Lawrence men’s hockey team, guiding the Saints from behind the bench from 1985 to 2012. Marsh will be assisted by Chris Cobb, who is in his second year at Dartmouth, and Morgan Illikainen, a 2015 graduate and former Big Green alternate captain.
For the first time in almost a decade, Dartmouth will face a team other than McGill to kick off the year. A home scrimmage against Holy Cross will get things started on Oct. 13, with the Big Green playing their annual exhibition versus the Martlets two days later. A road game against Harvard on Oct. 20 will officially open the 2017-18 regular season.
2017-18 ECAC Hockey Preseason Poll
1) Clarkson (10), 119
2) St. Lawrence (1), 103
3) Cornell (1), 99
4) Colgate, 88
5) Quinnipiac, 85
6) Princeton, 82
7) Harvard, 61
8) Yale, 51
9) RPI, 33
10) Dartmouth, 29
11) Union, 25
12) Brown, 17
* First-place votes in parentheses