Women's hockey picked 5th in pre-season poll


POTSDAM, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team has been picked to finish fifth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference West pre-season coaches' poll. Last year, the Bears were 12-10-3 (7-8-3 ECAC West) and qualified for the playoffs for the second time in the past four seasons.

SUNY Plattsburgh was selected to finish atop the league with 80 points. Elmira received a first place vote to finish with 73 points and in second place. The Bears accumulated 44 points to secure the fifth position in the poll.

The 2012-13 Bears are led by captains Katie Komsa and Brittany Lucky and assistant captains Brittany Westlake and Jenn Crawford. Potsdam returns 10 letterwinners and adds 8 newcomers.

The Bears open the season with a seven-game road trip, beginning at Salve Regina at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Potsdam opens its home slate at Cheel Arena on Dec. 1 against ECAC West foe Cortland at 7 p.m.

Complete coaches' poll below:

2012-2013 ECAC Women's West Preseason Poll:
1. Plattsburgh - 80
2. Elmira – 73
3. Neumann - 55
4. Utica - 52
5. Potsdam - 44
6. Oswego - 38
7. Cortland - 28
8. Buffalo State - 25
9. Chatham – 10