November 11, 2003

Cornell Rises in Polls

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There was a changing of the guard in the national polls this week as Maine was dethroned and all but two spots switched ownership.

Maine lost its No. 1 ranking after a 4-1 sloshing by Boston College and a 6-2 walloping by UNH. As a result, North Dakota — fresh off of a sweep of last year’s national championship Minnesota team — stole this week’s top spot with 582 votes. UNH’s victory over Maine and 4-0 shutout of B.U. earned it 551 total votes and a close second. Boston College, Maine and Michigan rounded out the top five.

This week’s No. 7 was St. Cloud State, who moved up after completing a weekend sweep of Minnesota-Duluth. As a result, the Bulldogs also changed positions in the polls, falling from ninth to 13th.

Massachusetts moved up from 12th to ninth after 2-0 and 5-3 wins over Merrimack. Meanwhile, Hockey East power B.U. fell from eighth to 10th.

Cornell and Harvard both advanced, with the Red leapfrogging the Crimson. Cornell sits in 11th place after a 6-2 throttling of Yale and a 7-0 shutout of Princeton. Harvard moves up to 12th after a 6-4 win over Vermont and a 2-2 tie with Dartmouth.

Michigan State entered the poll at No. 15 this week, edging the ECAC’s Dartmouth by one vote. Union, Brown and Clarkson also received votes.

Archived article by Sun Staff Report