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Colonials Climb to Eighth in National Rankings

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pittsburgh – Despite having a bye last weekend, the Robert Morris University women’s hockey team climbed one spot in the national rankings for the second-straight week, as they slot in at No. 8 in both the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) and USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine polls.

Robert Morris moved up to No. 9 in both rankings last week, after sticking around in the No. 10 spot for the last four sets of polls. This week the Colonials received 43 points from and 61 from USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine, surpassing No. 9 Boston University by four and 13 points, respectively. RMU split a series with the Terriers on Oct. 18-19, 2013.

The Colonials cracked the rankings for the first time in school history after winning a College Hockey America (CHA) series at Syracuse with a victory on Nov. 22-23, 2013. Prior to that, RMU spent four consecutive weeks in both polls’ ‘receiving votes’ category.

Ahead of the Colonials in both rankings is No. 7 Boston College, who knocked off Boston University this past weekend. RMU trails the Eagles by 17 points in the Poll and seven points in the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

At 18-3-1, the Colonials go into their last non-conference series carrying the nation’s current best winning streak (seven games) and unbeaten streak (11 games). With two more victories, RMU will break the single-season school record of 19 wins, which was set by the 2011-12 team that won the school’s first CHA Championship.

Robert Morris kicks off a six-game road trip this weekend with a series at No. 10 Quinnipiac. Friday’s game against the Bobcats is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. face-off from TD Bank Sports Center.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.