DURHAM, N.H.. -- The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, which rolled to the 2003-04 regular season Hockey East conference title with a 17-1-2 record, was selected No. 7 in both national polls that were released this week.
UNH received 69 points in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll to place behind defending national champion Minnesota (189 points; 18 first-place votes), Dartmouth (166; 1), Harvard (148), St. Lawrence (131), Wisconsin (115) and Minnesota-Duluth (98).
The same teams were ranked ahead of the Wildcats in the USCHO.com Poll, but in the order of Minnesota (150 points; 15 first-place votes), Dartmouth (129), Wisconsin (110), Harvard (107), St. Lawrence (88) and Minnesota-Duluth (75).
Mercyhurst, Providence and Brown were ranked 8-10 in both polls.
New Hampshire, the host school of the 2005 NCAA Women's Frozen Four from March 25-27, opens the season Oct. 12 (7 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The first Wildcat home game is Oct. 15 vs. Niagara University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.