October 29, 2013

Spartans Tabbed Sixth in ECAC East Preseason Poll

Castleton, Vt. - A year after earning the fourth seed in the ECAC East Tournament, and playing in the first postseason home game in program history, Castleton has been picked to finish sixth in the conference standings this season.

Castleton was selected to finish sixth in the regular season standings, the same place they finished last year, in a preseason poll released on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The Spartans finished last season with a 9-12-5 record, including a 6-7-5 mark within the conference. 

The squad began last season with a 5-1-1 record before slowing their momentum in the later parts of the season. The squad played its first ever home playoff game on Feb. 23, hosting UMass-Boston in the ECAC East quarterfinals. The team fell 5-3 in a wild tilt that featured three-goal swings from each team and 18 goalie changes for the Spartans. 

The Spartans return their leading scorer and last year's ECAC East Rookie of the Year Nicoline Jensen as well as All-Rookie Team selections Anna Daniels and Samantha Pion. Jensen finished the year with 11 goals and 11 assists to lead the team in scoring, while Daniels netted 11 goals and dished out nine assists. Pion will anchor a Spartan defense that returns just two starting defenders, Pion and Samantha McNeil

Norwich was selected first in the poll, garnering 143 out of a possible 144 points on the Preseason Coaches' Poll, receiving first-place votes on all but one ballot. The Saint Anselm College Hawks were tabbed to finish in second-place with 119 points and one first-place vote. Last year's ECAC Women's East Tournament runner-up Manhattanville College was voted to finish third and right behind them in fourth-place is the College of the Holy Cross. Completing the top-five was Salve Regina University with 94 points.

Castleton will open its season with a trip to Oswego St. to take on Cortland St. and Oswego St. on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 before beginning their conference schedule with a trip to Plymouth St. on Nov. 15.

Team

Points (Out of a Possible 144 Points)

1. Norwich University

143

2. Saint Anselm College

119

3. Manhattanville College

112

4. College of the Holy Cross

105

5. Salve Regina University

94

6. Castleton State College

90

7. University of Massachusetts-Boston

74

8. University of Southern Maine

61

9. New England College

55

10. Plymouth State University

44

11. Saint Michael's College

21

12. Nichols College

18