UW-River Falls has been selected to win the inaugural Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s ice hockey title, according to a preseason poll conducted by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets were picked to finish second.
UWS returns 16 letterwinners from last year’s team that established a school single-season record with 152 assists and the second-most points in a season with 256.
Junior Dani Schultz ranks in the top 10 on the school’s career list with 35 goals and 64 points, while senior Shanley Peters is fifth on the career chart with 24 victories and 45 games played.
The Yellowjackets will play 12 of their first 16 games away from home during the 2013-14 campaign.
Head coach Dan Laughlin is the program’s winningest coach with 178 triumphs to his credit. Laughlin’s overall record in 11 seasons at UWS is 178-73-25.
UWRF received all eight first-place votes in the league projections after posting a 21-7-2 record a season ago — marking the fifth consecutive season the program achieved the 20-victory mark. The Falcons, who welcome back 14 letterwinners, own six NCAA Division III championship showings, including five straight appearances, with two fourth-place finishes. Coach Joe Cranston enters his 14th season in charge of the program and owns 238 wins — the most in conference history.
WIAC Women’s Hockey
2013-14 Preseason Predictions
UW-River Falls (8) 21-7-2
UW-Stevens Point 12-13-3
UW-Eau Claire 9-14-4
( )—First-place votes