CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#6): McGill, Alberta top first hockey rankings of season

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OTTAWA (CIS) – The McGill women and Alberta men top thefirst national rankings of the 2013-14 CIS hockey season, withreigning champions Montreal and UNB having to settle for secondplace.

In other CIS sports, UBC regains the pole position inmen’s soccer, while Ottawa (women’s soccer), Alberta(women’s rugby) and Guelph (women’s & men’scross country) all maintain their No.

1 status.

In women’s hockey, McGill opens the campaign at No. 1 forthe sixth time in eight years. The Martlets, who missed the CISchampionship tournament for the first time in 11 seasons lastwinter, have been impressive so far this fall with four wins in sixexhibition matches, including a 5-3 success over third-rankedLaurier and a 2-1 victory over No. 6 Queen’s in their onlyconfrontations against CIS opponents.

McGill has pre-season games left against the NWHL’sMontreal Stars as well as Dartmouth and Harvard of the NCAA beforehosting Carleton for its RSEQ opener on Oct. 25.

Meanwhile, reigning national champion Montreal shows apre-season record of 2-2, including a win and a loss againstLaurier, a 6-1 domination of fourth-ranked StFX and a 5-2 loss toQueen’s. The Carabins, who captured the first CIS banner inprogram history last winter after upsetting McGill in the RSEQfinal, kick off league play on Oct. 18 against Ottawa.

Archrivals Montreal and McGill square off on Oct. 27.

Rounding out the first Top 10 of the year are Laurier, StFX,Regina, Queen’s, Calgary, Western, Guelph and UBC.

In men’s hockey, Alberta has won 11 of 13 games this fall,including 5-0 and 4-0 shutouts against Manitoba last weekend tostart their Canada West schedule. The Golden Bears had last openedthe season at No. 1 in 2010-11.

UNB has to wait until Oct. 18 to kick off its AUS schedule. TheV-Reds, who claimed their fourth University Cup title in sevenyears last March, are 5-2 in pre-season action, including a perfect4-0 mark against CIS competition.

Following in order in the first men’s hockey media poll ofthe campaign are Western, Calgary, Waterloo, Saskatchewan, UPEI,Saint Mary’s, Carleton and UQTR.

In men’s soccer, UBC moves up one position in the new Top10 to reclaim the No. 1 spot. The Thunderbirds improved to 9-1 inCanada West play last weekend with 4-1 and 3-0 wins over UNBC.

The York Lions (9-2), who had topped the coaches’ polleach of the last two weeks, drop to third place following a 1-0loss to No. 6 McMaster, which marked their second defeat in as manyduels against the Marauders this season.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 100 points / (1)
2. Queen’s 80 / (3)
3. Western 77 / (2)
4. Victoria 63 / (5)
5. Toronto 57 / (4)
6. McMaster 51 / (6)
T7. Dalhousie 29 / (7)
T7. McGill 29 / (8)
9. Calgary 18 / (9)
10. Laurentian 15 / (10)

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 100 points / (1)
2. Laval 87 / (2)
3. Victoria 77 / (4)
4. Windsor 75 / (3)
5. McMaster 49 / (5)
6. Lakehead 48 / (7)
7. Queen’s 46 / (6)
8. Western 22 / (8)
T9. Regina 14 / (T9)
T9. Trinity Western 14 / (T9)

WOMEN’S HOCKEY
(regular season record)

1. McGill (0-0-0)
2. Montreal (0-0-0)
3. Wilfrid Laurier (1-1-0)
4. StFX (0-0-0)
5. Regina (2-0-0)
6. Queen’s (0-0-1)
7. Calgary (0-1-1)
8. Western (2-0-0)
9. Guelph (2-0-0)
10. UBC (1-1-0)

MEN’S HOCKEY
(regular season record) / votes (first-placevotes)

1. Alberta (2-0-0) / 162 points (9)
2. UNB (0-0-0) / 160 (8)
3. Western (0-0-0) / 86
4. Calgary (2-0-0) / 80
5. Waterloo (0-0-0) / 70
6. Saskatchewan (1-1-0) / 68
7. UPEI (0-0-0) / 60
8. Saint Mary’s (0-0-0) / 56
9. Carleton (0-0-0) / 54
10. UQTR (0-0-0) / 46

Other teams receiving votes: StFX (32), McGill (19), Brock (15),Windsor (8), Ottawa (7), Manitoba (4), Queen’s (4), York (2),Acadia (1), Dalhousie (1).

WOMEN’S RUGBY
(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) /(previous rankings)

1. Alberta (4-0) / 99 points (4) / (1)
2. Guelph (5-0) / 88 (3) / (2)
3. Concordia (6-0) / 75 / (3)
4. Queen’s (5-0) / 73 (1) / (4)
5. Acadia (6-0) / 62 (1) / (5)
6. StFX (6-1) / 53 / (6)
7. McGill (5-1) / 36 / (8)
8. Calgary (2-1-1) / 24 / (7)
9. McMaster (3-2) / 20 / (9)
10. Lethbridge (1-2-1) / 11 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Ottawa (9), Waterloo (5), Western(5).

WOMEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previousrankings)

1. Ottawa (10-0-2) / 49 points / (1)
2. Alberta (8-0-2) / 44 / (3)
3. Laval (8-1-1) / 42 / (2)
4. Western (6-0-5) / 31 / (5)
5. Montreal (7-1-2) / 28 / (4)
6. UBC (5-0-3) / 20 / (6)
7. Saskatchewan (6-1-2) / 17 / (8)
8. Cape Breton (5-0-4) / 11 / (NR)
9. Dalhousie (6-2-1) / 10 / (9)
10. Toronto (8-2-2) / 7 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Trinity Western (6), Victoria (5),Wilfrid Laurier (5).

MEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previousrankings)

1. UBC (9-1-0) / 60 points / (2)
2. Ryerson (9-0-1) / 52 / (3)
3. York (9-2-0) / 48 / (1)
4. Montreal (6-1-2) / 40 / (4)
5. Guelph (8-1-4) / 39 / (5)
6. McMaster (8-2-2) / 26 / (8)
7. UNB (5-2-2) / 20 / (7)
8. Saskatchewan (7-3-0) / 17 / (NR)
9. Saint Mary’s (5-2-3) / 13 / (10)
10. Victoria (6-2-0) / 10 / (NR)

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