ACHA Monthly Rankings (Oct. 22)
By Drew Mola / Fordham Hockey Online
Nov 1, 2006 -- Fordham University opened up the 2006-2007 season ranking ninth in today's new ACHA Division 3 rankings. The team ended the 2005-2006 season ranked ninth as well. Fordham had 5-1 record during the current ranking period (which ended October 22).
1 Indiana of PA
2 Albany State
3 PSU – Berks
4 St. Vincent College
5 California of PA
8 Robert Morris
10 Pittsburgh – Johnstown
For those of you unfamiliar with it, the (ACHA) American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) began as a men's collegiate club hockey league in 1992, and quickly grew to a league of over 150 teams in three men's divisions. The Women's Division was added in 2000, and currently boasts four divisions with over 300 teams from across the nation. Divisions are usually based on school size however over this past summer the MCHC approached the ACHA about waving the student population issue to guarantee entrance in the Division 3 level. An accord was met and now Fordham as well as a predominant numbers of other MCHC teams joined the Atlantic conference last year. So now, not only is a league game important, it is now, in most instances considered an ACHA game as well and take on an even greater impact.
The ACHA ranking committee gathers information on the various teams from the four regions Atlantic – North – South – Pacific. Each region is ranked on a monthly basis with the top four ranked teams in each region at the end of February, meeting to play for a national championship. This season the championships will be held in Fort Wayne Indiana February 28 – March 3.