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PSU Women’s Ice Hockey voted 10th in ECAC East preseason poll

Panthers looking to move up in conference standings

            CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team was picked to finish 10th in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East race in 2013-14 in a vote of the league's head coaches.

            After capturing its fourth conference title in the last five years, Norwich University was voted the preseason favorite in the ECAC Women's East.  The Cadets garnered 143 out of a possible 144 points in the poll, receiving first-place votes on all but one ballot.  Saint Anselm College was picked to finish second in the poll, with ECAC Women's East Tournament runner-up Manhattanville College in the third spot. PSU was voted 10th, ahead of Saint Michael's College and Nichols College.

            The Panthers will be looking to move up in the standings under head coach Ashley Kilstein after placing 10th a year ago and securing a conference play-off berth for the first time in the program's history.  PSU was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by Norwich, 6-0.  Plymouth State  wound up the season with a 5-17-4 overall record, the most wins in the seven-year history of the program, along with a 4-10-4 mark in the ECAC Women's East to claim its first post-season berth.

            PSU opens this season with three straight road games, beginning this Saturday, Nov. 2, vs. in-state rival Franklin Pierce University.  The home opener is Friday, Nov. 15, vs. conference rival Castleton State College.

            Senior forward Meghan Cassidy (Somerville, N.J.) will serve as captain of the Panthers this season, with senior forward Ali Myers (Seattle, Wash.), senior goalie Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and junior defenseman Cortney Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.) taking on the roles of assistant captains.

            The Panthers will play a 25-game regular season schedule, including 18 conference games. The ECAC Women's East Tournament is set to begin on Saturday, Feb. 22, and will include the top eight teams.  The title game is Saturday, March 8, and the champion will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. 

 (Courtesy of ECAC Media Relations) 

2013-14 ECAC Women's East Ice Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank Team Points
1 Norwich (11) 143
2 Saint Anselm (1) 119
3 Manhattanville 112
4 Holy Cross 105
5 Salve Regina 94
6 Castleton 90
7 UMass Boston 74
8 Southern Maine 61
9 New England College 55
10 Plymouth State 44
11 Saint Michael's 21
12 Nichols 18

(First-place votes in parenthesis) 

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