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Lady Ice Lions Drop From 11th to 12th in First In-Season ACHA Ranking

The Lady Ice Lions slipped to 12th in the latest ACHA rankings



Despite an encouraging start to its Division 1 era - four straight wins over Vermont and Delaware, followed by a pair of close losses to perennial powerhouse Massachusetts - the Lady Ice Lions fell from their 11th-place preseason slotting to 12th in the first in-season ACHA Women's Division 1 ranking of 2014-15, released late on Wednesday.

Defending national champion Miami remained on top of the poll thanks to their perfect 8-0-0 start, while 9-0-1 Liberty ousted 8-3-0 UMass from the second spot thanks largely to a head-to-head sweep in Lynchburg, VA in early October. ECWHL rivals occupied the next two spots, as the Minutewomen checked in at third, while Rhode Island was fourth. Michigan rounded out the top five.

Penn State and Vermont, which slotted 13th, rounded out the conference's presence in the top 15. The remaining ECWHL teams, Navy and Northeastern, both received votes but did not place.

The Lady Ice Lions have games remaining this season against each of the top four teams, including Miami on January 18th, 2015, Liberty on December 5th and 6th, UMass on January 10th and 11th, 2015 and Rhode Island on November 8th and 9th.

Generally speaking, the seven-member ACHA Division 1 ranking committee, the averaged vote of all Division 1 coaches and a newly-introduced computer poll are each responsible for one third of the ranking. However, the computers were omitted this time around due to the limited data available on some teams early in the season.

Overall record, strength of schedule, record versus ranked teams, games against common opponents, record versus the division and head to head performance are the primary considerations when determining how squads are slotted.

The next poll carries a cutoff date of November 23rd and will be released the following week, with other cutoffs coming on January 18th and February 22nd. The top eight teams in the February 22nd ranking will qualify for the ACHA National Tournament, held March 4th through 8th in York, PA.

Penn State returns to action on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. with a game against Navy at Pegula Ice Arena.

Here is the complete ranking (first-place votes in parentheses):

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1
Miami (18)
9
Colorado State
2
Liberty (3)
10
Robert Morris
3
Massachusetts
11
Minnesota
4
Rhode Island
12
Penn State
5
Michigan
13
Vermont
6
Grand Valley State
14
Adrian
7
Michigan State
15
Colorado
8
Davenport
Others receiving votes: Ohio State, Navy, Lindenwood-Belleville, Midland, Wisconsin, Northeastern

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