Corsairs Picked Third in MASCAC Pre-Season Hockey Poll

Freshman defenseman Steve Ginand
Freshman defenseman Steve Ginand

BUZZARDS BAY, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team has been picked to finish third in this year's Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference Coaches' Poll.

The Corsairs received 36 points in the poll.

Plymouth State was picked to finish first and received six of the seven first place votes and 48 points. Salem State was picked second and received 42 points and the other first place vote.

Fitchburg State was picked to finish fourth with 25 points, Westfield State and Worcester State were tied for fifth with 18 points, and Framingham State was picked seventh with nine points.

"Clearly, Plymouth State is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as league champions, returning 95 per cent of their roster from last season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "Salem State, which has played in all three league championship games, is deserving of their second place finish. As far as our own team is concerned, we have as deep a team as we've had in the past five seasons. We can count on 14 forwards and seven defensemen, and we'll be backstopped by senior Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) and junior Ben Vandervies (Hanna, AB/Golden Rockets-KJHL). We also must recognize that we have 13 first year players on our roster this year. We've been knocked out in the semi-finals in each of our first three seasons in the league, but our 23 league wins the past two years combined is the most of anyone in the conference."

The Corsairs will open the season at Babson Thursday, November 8th.


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