Union Tops ECAC Polls, Dominates Preseason All-League Teams
CHN Staff Report
ALBANY, N.Y. Union, which last season became the ECAC's first Frozen Four participant in nine years, topped both the preseason coaches and media polls, the ECAC announced today.
Union was followed hy Cornell, Harvard, Quinnipiac, Yale and St. Lawrence in both polls. The media had Clarkson, Colgate, RPI, Dartmouth as the next four — while the coaches had Dartmouth, RPI, Colgate, Clarkson. Princeton and Brown were selected 11 and 12, respectively, in both polls.
Union is led by second-year coach Rick Bennett, who won the league's Tim Taylor Award last season as top coach. Union, which led all NCAA Division I teams in scoring defense last season totalling 1.83 goals/game, returns its top netminder Troy Grosenick, who earned the Ken Dryden Award last season as the league’s top netminder.
Both Grosenick and defenseman Mat Bodie made the preseason all-league team from the media and coaches. Union forward Daniel Carr was also on both teams.
Harvard defenseman Danny Biega and Quinnipiac forward Connor Jones made both teams. For the final forward slot, the media selected St. Lawrence's Greg Carey, while the coaches selected Ryan Flanagan.
Cornell, like Union, comes in with high hopes, seeking its eighth trip to the NCAA tournament in the last 11 years. Mike Schafer enters his 18th-season as head coach, the second longest current tenure at one school in the league, behind Colgate's Don Vaughan. Cornell returns eight of its top 10 scorers from last season.
The league announced earlier in the offseason that it would move its postseason tournament back to Lake Placid, N.Y., starting in 2014. This is the last season of a three-year deal with Atlantic City, N.J.