COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Cornell University retains the No. 1 ranking in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll after earning victories over St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University last weekend. The Big Red accumulated 179 points and 10 first-place votes to earn the top spot for the third time this season.

The University of Wisconsin remains at No. 2 with 170 points and seven first-place votes after twice defeating No. 9 University of North Dakota, while Mercyhurst College sits in the No. 3 spot with 161 points and two first-place votes following a weekend sweep of Niagara University. Boston University (120) advances one place to No. 4 with a win over the University of Connecticut, while Boston College (114) gains one spot to round out the top five after collecting a win over Harvard University.

This weekend features four top-10 teams squaring off, as No. 10 Northeastern University visits No. 4 Boston University on Tuesday, and No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth hosts No. 9 University of North Dakota for a weekend series.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey (Dec. 7, 2010 - Poll - No. 11)
 

No. School (1st place votes) Pts Pvs Record T10
1 Cornell University (10) 179 1 13-1-0 11
2 University of Wisconsin (7) 170 2 14-2-0 11
3 Mercyhurst College (2) 161 3 12-2-0 11
4 Boston University 120 5 12-2-3 11
5 Boston College 114 6 11-2-4 11
6 University of Minnesota Duluth 109 4 11-4-1 11
7 University of Minnesota 63 7 11-6-0 10
8 Providence College 51 NR 13-5-1 2
9 University of North Dakota 31 8 8-6-2 11
10 Northeastern University 26 10 10-3-4 2

Others receiving votes: The Ohio State University, 18; Quinnipiac University, 2; Bemidji State University, 1.

NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association and Hockey East both boast four ranked teams, while ECAC Hockey and College Hockey America each have one team ranked. A total of 13 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 14th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.