Cambridge, Mass. - UAlbany, which finished last season ranked 14th in the country, was chosen to finish second in the America East Conference, as announced by the league office on Friday morning. The Great Danes, who earned 22 total points, garnered three first-place votes, as did Boston University, which just edged out UAlbany with 23 total points for first place. The vote was conducted by the conference's head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own team.
Maine finished third in the poll with 16 points, followed by reigning conference champion New Hampshire (14 points). Fairfield (9 points) and Vermont (6 points) round out the six-team poll.
UAlbany finished last season with a 13-7 record overall, going 3-2 in America East play. The Great Danes, led by ninth-year head coach Phil Sykes, returns two-time America East Goalkeeper of the Year Kristi Troch, who was ranked ninth nationally a year ago with a 1.34 goals against average. Offensively, UAlbany will look to junior Corinne McConville, who ranked among the league leaders with 12 goals and four assists in 2011, en route to being named a NFHCA All-American.
UAlbany, which won the America East Championship in 2008 and 2010, was ranked on the Longstreth/NFHCA National Coaches' Poll throughout the 2011 season. The America East was ranked third nationally in RPI, behind just the Big East and ACC.
The Great Danes will kick off the 2012 season on Aug. 24 at Rutgers.