MINNEAPOLIS, Pa. — Mercyhurst has climbed to No. 4 in the country according to the USCHO.com poll announced Monday. The Lakers continue to narrow the gap on the top three teams in the poll.
The Lakers climbed one spot and gained three points from last week’s poll. Both Clarkson and Mercyhurst moved up one spot, both earning points from last week.
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The Lakers (10-1-1) are on a five game-winning streak after sweeping Lindenwood on Friday and Saturday.
Mercyhurst beat Lindenwood 6-1 on Friday before shutting them out 6-0 on Saturday. Junior captain Christine Bestland scored a season high of six points on Friday on three goals and three assists. Her second goal on Friday marked her 50th career goal at Mercyhurst.
Freshman Jenna Dingeldein scored a hat trick of her own on Saturday to contribute towards the 6-0 victory. Sophomore Vaila Higson had five points on two goals and three assists. Goaltender Stephanie Ciampa (7-0-0) played in the net for the Lakers in both games, making 38 saves on 39 shots and remains undefeated.
The top two spots remained unchanged as undefeated Minnesota received all 15-first place votes, and Cornell remains No. 2. Clarkson gained four points and jumped to the No. 3 spot, while Boston University fell to No. 5, dropping 24 points from last week. Northeastern and Boston College switched spots, as did Ohio State and North Dakota.