Colgate Earns Top Spot in ECAC Preseason Poll


CLIFTON PARK, N.Y —The Colgate women’s hockey team earned the top spot in this year’s Eastern College Athletic Conference women’s ice hockey preseason poll, released by the conference office on Tuesday.

Danielle Serdachny, Tanner Gates, and Kaylee Osborne also tabbed spots on the Preseason All-League Team.

The Raiders, who won are coming off their second ECAC regular season title and first ECAC tournament championship in program history, totaled 115 points and seven first place votes.

Colgate finished last season with a 15-7-1 mark and made its second ever NCAA tournament appearance, falling 1-0 in overtime to Minnesota Duluth in the quarterfinals.


Danielle Serdachny, Forward

Tallying nine goals and 12 assists last season, Serdanchy led the Raiders with 21 points, good for second in the conference.

The Edmonton, Alberta native earned CCM/AHCA First Team All-American honors last season, making her the first Colgate All-American in Division I era.

Serdachny also took in major conference honors, earning Player of the Year, Best Forward, and All-League First Team accolades.

Tanner Gates, Defenseman

Gates finished last season with 12 assists, tied for the team lead, and also tied for third-best in the ECAC.

The senior from Oceanside, Calif. also earned Best Defenseman and All-League First Team honors.

Kaylee Osborne, Goalkeeper

After a stellar freshman season, Osborne finished sixth in the nation and first in the conference in saves with 473.

The Westport, Ontario native also posted a .926 save percentage and 1.70 goals against average, helping her earn ECAC Rookie of the Year.


The Raiders open the season at home on Friday against RIT at 5:00 p.m. Prior to face-off, a banner ceremony will be held celebrating Colgate’s ECAC championship and NCAA tournament appearance last season.

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