MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Adrian College has been selected as the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association's number one hockey team for the fourth straight season, according to the league's 2011-12 preseason coaches poll released today (Oct. 11) by the league office.
The Bulldogs received 46 points, garnering four possible first-place votes from the league's eight head coaches (coaches could not vote for their own team). Adrian is 102-12-2 overall after four seasons in the league and are 77-2-1 in league regular season games.
MSOE received three first-place votes and finished second with 42 points. The Raiders went 21-6-1 a season ago, ending the campaign at #14 in the final national poll. Marian University made it a three-team race, earning the final first-place vote and 41 points in the poll. The Sabres went 19-8 last year, winning the MCHA Northern Division title and receiving votes in the final national poll of the season.
Lawrence University (14-13-1) was fourth with 31 points. Northland College and Finlandia University tied for fifth with 19 points. Lake Forest College was right behind in seventh-place with 18 points. Concordia (Wis.) University rounded out the poll in eighth with eight points.
The MCHA enters its 14th season this fall, getting regular season play underway Oct. 21. That evening, Concordia hits the road to play the University of Wisconsin-Stout and Marian hosts the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.