Defending national champion Wisconsin starts this season where it ended last season -- at No. 1 in the USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll.

Wisconsin received all 14 first-place votes.

Boston University is second, edging out No. 3 Cornell by five points.

Minnesota is No. 4, while Boston College rounds out the top five.

Minnesota-Duluth is No. 6 and North Dakota seventh.

Mercyhurst is eighth, while Quinnipiac -- not ranked in last season’s final poll -- is No. 9.

Dartmouth and Providence are tied for the 10th and final spot in this week’s poll.