BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP TEN TUESDAY (#8): McGill hockey teams ranked No.1 and 2 in the nation

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Published: 19Oct2010

 

OTTAWA - Four McGill varsity teams find themselves in the CIS Top 10 this week, including the Martlets and Redmen hockey teams, which are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation.

The Redmen have posted an impressive 9-0 overall record under new head coach Kelly Nobes - all against CIS rivals - with a 4-0 mark in OUA play, including a pair of wins over OUA East archrival UQTR. It marks the first time that the Redmen have been ranked No.2 since March 7, 2006. That season, McGill was ranked 18 times in 19 ranking periods, including twice at No. 1, nine weeks at No. 2 and three times at No.3.  This weekend, the Redmen will host Royal Military College and Queen's on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The women's hockey Martlets (1-0-0) remain the No.1 in the nation for the second straight ranking period. They defeated Princeton and Yale, 4-3 and 1-0, respectively, in non-conference play last week and will host the Montreal Carabins (0-0-1) on Wednesday at McConnell Arena, before heading back across the border to play at Dartmouth and Harvard, Oct. 22-23, respectively.

In women's soccer, the undefeated Martlets are 8-0-2 in league play and ranked No.2 overall after defeating Bishop's 4-2 and UQTR 3-1 last week. McGill plays at Laval (7-1-2) on Friday and will host Montreal (8-1-1) on Sunday.

In women's cross-country, the Martlets are ranked No.8 in the nation and in the midst of preparing for the conference championship meet in Laval, Que., Oct. 30.

Returning to the inaugural men's hockey Top 10 of the 2010-11 campaign, the defending Canada West champion University of Alberta Golden Bears open the season as the top-ranked team for the ninth time in 13 years. The Bears, who dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime decision to the Saint Mary's Huskies in last spring's University Cup final, were one of five teams to receive first-places votes (2) from the 18-member national committee in the inaugural Top 10 and earned 159 points to edge McGill (139 pts / 6 first-place votes). The UNB Varsity Reds are third (116 / 7), followed by StFX (107), Saint Mary's (91 / 2), Saskatchewan (59), Moncton (49 / 1), Ryerson (43), Manitoba (41) and the No. 10 Western Ontario Mustangs (38).

Since the 1998-99 campaign, Alberta, which holds the all-time record of 13 University Cup titles, has failed to open at No. 1 only four times including in 1999-2000 (No. 3), 2004-05 (No. 2), 2007-08 (No. 4) and last season (No. 2). The top-ranked Bears kicked off 2010-11 with four wins in five pre-season outings - including a 3-1 record versus CIS opponents - and are off to a 3-1 start in conference play following a pair of victories over provincial rival Calgary and a weekend split against UBC in Vancouver.

The No. 3 Varsity Reds, who set a CIS record last year when they won their first 26 regular season duels on their way to a 27-1 mark, dropped their AUS opener 4-2 against UPEI last Friday before rebounding with a 7-1 defeat of St. Thomas. Fourth-ranked StFX kicked off conference play with a 5-4 win over Acadia on Friday and then ruined Saint Mary's banner-raising night on Saturday when they doubled the Huskies 4-2. The Huskies, whose triumph over Alberta last spring marked their first-ever national title, opened the regular season with a 5-0 shutout of Dalhousie before losing to StFX.

The inaugural media poll is also highlighted by the first Top-10 appearance in team history for Ryerson. The Rams had never been ranked in 444 polls from 1979-80 to 2009-10 and had only received votes twice previously - once in 2001-02 (Nov. 5, 2001) and again last season (Feb. 23, 2010).

The 2011 University Cup tournament will be hosted by the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton from March 24 to 27.

 

MEN'S HOCKEY (first rankings of season)

(regular season record) / (votes - first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Alberta (3-1-0) / 159 pts (2) / (-)

2. McGill (4-0-0) / 139 (6) / (-)

3. UNB (1-1-0) / 116 (7) / (-)

4. StFX (2-0-0) / 107 / (-)

5. Saint Mary's (1-1-0) / 91 (2) / (-)

6. Saskatchewan (2-2-0) / 59 (2) / (-)

7. Moncton (2-0-0) / 49 (1) / (-)

8. Ryerson (4-1-0) / 43 / (-)

9. Manitoba (1-1-0) / 41 / (-)

10. Western Ontario (2-0-1) / 38 / (-)

 

Other teams receiving votes: Waterloo (37), Wilfrid Laurier (28), Concordia (27), Queen's (23), Acadia (10), UPEI (5), Regina (5), Lakehead (4), Windsor (3), Calgary (2), UQTR (2), Carleton (1), Guelph (1).

NOTE: Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men's Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada. McGill improved to 4-0-0 in conference play on Monday night with a 6-3 win over UQTR but that result was not taken into consideration in this week's voting; it will affect the Oct. 26 Top 10.

 

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

(regular season record) / (previous rankings)

1. McGill (1-0-0) / (1)

2. Wilfrid Laurier (4-0-0) / (2)

3. Manitoba (1-1-0) / (4)

4. Alberta (2-2-0) / (3)

5. StFX (1-0-0) / (5)

6. Guelph (3-0-0) / (8)

7. Montreal (0-0-1) / (6)

8. Windsor (3-0-0) / (NR)

9. Regina (3-1-0) / (NR)

10. Saint Mary's (0-2-0) / (7)

 

Other teams receiving votes: Concordia (3), Queen's (1), Calgary (1).

 

 

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous rankings)

1. McMaster 90.8 pts / (1)

2. Guelph 90.0 / (2)

3. Victoria 68.5 / (3)

4. Calgary 59.2 / (4)

5. Western Ontario 53.1 / (5)

6. Alberta 47.7 / (7)

7. Queen's 38.5 / (9)

8. McGill 35.4 / (6)

9. Dalhousie 23.1 / (8)

10. Windsor 10.0 / (NR)

 

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 97.9 pts / (1)

2. Windsor 87.1 / (2)

3. Calgary 65.7 / (5)

4. Victoria 64.3 / (3)

5. Western Ontario 58.6 / (4)

6. Queen's 43.6 / (9)

7. Regina 32.1 / (8)

8. McMaster 31.4 / (6)

9. Alberta 20.7 / (7)

10. Toronto 18.6 / (NR)

 

 

WOMEN'S RUGBY

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Lethbridge (4-0) / 182 pts / (1)

2. Guelph (5-0) / 173 / (2)

3. StFX (6-0) / 146 / (3)

4. Concordia (6-0) / 125 / (4)

5. Alberta (3-1) / 100 / (5)

6. Laval (4-2) / 89 / (6)

7. Queen's (5-0) / 83 / (7)

8. McMaster (4-1) / 49 / (8)

9. Waterloo (4-1) / 38 / (9)

10. Victoria (2-2) / 10 / (NR)

 

Other teams receiving votes: Ottawa (6), Acadia (4), McGill (3), UBC (1).

 

 

WOMEN'S SOCCER

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Alberta (9-0-1) / 50 pts / (1)

2. McGill (8-0-2) / 45 / (2)

3. Montreal (8-1-1) / 35 / (3)

4. Queen's (12-2-0) / 34 / (6)

5. Wilfrid Laurier (10-1-2) / 31 / (4)

6. Ottawa (10-1-3) / 27 / (5)

7. Dalhousie (7-0-2) / 20 / (7)

8. UBC (7-3-1) / 13 / (10)

9. UPEI (6-0-3) / 11 / (9)

10. Laval (7-1-2) / 4 / (NR)

 

MEN'S SOCCER

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. StFX (9-0-0) / 59 pts / (2)

2. Laval (8-1-0) / 53 / (1)

3. Alberta (9-1-0) / 52 / (4)

4. York (11-2-1) / 36 / (8)

5. UBC (6-2-2) / 32 / (5)

6. Toronto (8-1-3) / 30 / (T6)

7. Western Ontario (10-1-3) / 29 / (3)

8. Carleton (9-2-2) / 22 / (T6)

9. Saint Mary's (6-2-2) / 12 / (10)

10. UQAM (5-3-1) / 4 / (NR)

 

Other teams receiving votes: Trinity Western (3).

 

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (first rankings of season)

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Laval (0-0) / 55 pts / (-)

2. Manitoba (0-0) / 51.5 / (-)

3. Alberta (0-0) / 50 / (-)

T4. Brandon (0-0) / 42 / (-)

T4. Montreal (0-0) / 42 / (-)

6. UBC (0-0) / 41 / (-)

7. Winnipeg (0-0) / 31.5 / (-)

8. Dalhousie (0-0) / 30 / (-)

9. Calgary (0-0) / 29.5 / (-)

10. Guelph (0-0) / 24.5 / (-)

 

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL (first rankings of season)

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Alberta (0-0) / 208 pts / (-)

2. Laval (0-0) / 197 / (-)

3. Trinity Western (0-0) / 177 / (-)

4. Brandon (0-0) / 171 / (-)

5. Calgary (0-0) / 144 / (-)

6. Western Ontario (0-0) / 102 / (-)

7. Manitoba (0-0) / 97 / (-)

8. Dalhousie (0-0) / 74 / (-)

9. McMaster (0-0) / 39 / (-)

10. Queen's (0-0) / 38 / (-)

 

 

FRC - CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#8)

Pts (1st place)  Last week

1. Laval (7-0)               500 (40)           1

2. Western (6-1)           425                  3

3. Regina (5-1)             393                  4

4. Saskatchewan (4-2) 334                   8

5. Ottawa (6-1)            273                   6

6. Montreal (5-2)         262                    7

7. Calgary (4-2)          217                    2

8. McMaster (6-2)        127                    9

9. Bishop's (5-2)          125                    5

10. Saint Mary's (3-3)  26                    NR

 

Other teams receiving votes: Sherbrooke (11), Guelph (7), Wilfrid Laurier (6), Mount Allison (1).

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