MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) has released its annual Preseason Coaches' Poll for women's ice hockey. The poll is compiled based on rankings from the league's nine head coaches. The reigning NCAA National Champions, Norwich University, were a unanimous selection to win the NEHC title for the 2018-19 season. The University of Massachusetts Boston came in at second with 69 total points while Plymouth State University rounded out the top three with 57 points.
2018-19 NEHC Women's Ice Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
|Rank (1st Place Votes)||Pts.|
|1.||Norwich University (9)||81|
|3.||Plymouth State University||57|
|6.||Johnson & Wales University||33|
|7.||University of Southern Maine||28|
|8.||Salem State University||26|
|9.||New England College||12|
Teams open the regular season nonconference schedule on the weekend of October 26 with all nine teams hitting the ice. League play follows the next weekend with all teams scheduled to play a home-and-home against each other throughout the course of the season.
THREE STICK TAPS
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: The league grows to nine members for the 2018-19 campaign as the NEHC welcomes Johnson & Wales, Suffolk and Salem State to the fold for conference play.
GROWING THE GAME: Women's hockey continues to grow within NCAA Division III, which is evidenced by the expanding NCAA postseason bracket. Suffolk University will field a women's team for the first time in school history and sights are set high for the Rams.
FRESH FACES: The NEHC welcomes five new coaches to the fold for the 2018-19 season. Two of those (Natalie Zitek (JWU) and Malcolm Spurling (Salem)) are new to the NEHC while the other three in Mike Venezia (Castleton), Dom Lozzi (UMass Boston) and Taylor Wasylk (Suffolk) are new to the collegiate head coaching ranks.