Men’s Hockey Picked Eighth in ECAC Preseason Polls; Lorito Named to ECAC Media Preseason All-Conference Team

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The Brown University men's ice hockey team was picked to finish eighth in both the 2013-14 ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches and Media Association Polls, announced Tuesday at ECAC Hockey's annual Media Day. 

The Bears, who tallied 46 and 188 points in the coaches and media polls, respectively, are coming off their best season in two decades and will look to carry over that momentum into the upcoming campaign. Brown went 16-14-6 last season for its first winning season since 2004-05 and advanced to the ECAC Tournament Championship game after upsetting No. 1 Quinnipiac in the semifinals.

In the coaches poll, defending national champion Yale was picked to finish first with 103 total votes and four first-place votes, but Rensselaer was close behind in second with 103 votes and a pair of first-place tallies. Reigning league champion Quinnipiac and Union, last year's ECAC Tournament champion, tied for third in the poll as each grabbed a pair of first-place votes. Cornell (89) was picked fifth, followed by Harvard (67) and Dartmouth (64), while the Big Red and Big Green snagged one first-place vote apiece. After Brown, Colgate (44), St. Lawrence (43), Princeton (26) and Clarkson (22) rounded out the poll.

Rensselaer claimed the top spot in the media poll, garnering 18 first-place votes, while Yale earned five top votes to finish second.

In addition, junior forward Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) was named to the ECAC Hockey Media Association's preseason all-conference team. Lorito enjoyed a breakout year for the Bears last season when he led the team in both points (37) and goals (22) en route to All-ECAC Second Team honors.

The Bears open their 2013-14 campaign against defending national champion Yale on Friday, October 25, at the Liberty Hockey Invitational, to be played at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

ECAC Coaches' Preseason Poll

1. Yale (4) - 103
2. Rensselaer (2) - 102
T3. Quinnipiac (2) - 93
T3. Union (2) - 93
5. Cornell (1) - 89
6. Harvard - 67
7. Dartmouth (1) - 64
8. Brown - 46
9. Colgate - 44
10. St. Lawrence - 43
11. Princeton - 26
12. Clarkson - 22 

ECAC Hockey Media Association's 2013-14 preseason poll

1. Rensselaer (18) - 367
2. Yale (5) - 224
3. Quinnipiac (6) - 292
4. Union (3) - 287
T5. Cornell (1) - 238
T5. Dartmouth - 238
7. St. Lawrence - 212
8. Brown - 188
9. Colgate - 125
10. Harvard - 108
11. Princeton - 102
12. Clarkson - 83