ACHA Monthly Rankings (Nov. 13)
By Drew Mola / Fordham Hockey Online

Nov 17, 2005 -- Despite the fact Fordham lost no games during the current ranking period, the Rams fell to one spot from 10 to 11 in today's new ACHA Division 3 rankings.

Fordham logged a record of 6-0 for the period of October 26 through November 13 with a "goals for" of 38 and a "goals against" of only 9. The probable reason for the team falling one slot is that they have not faced many of the higher ranking teams, though they did defeat Fairfield who is now ranked at number 9.

1 University of Pitt-Johnstown (9) 7 - last period ranking 1
2 Penn State Berks 18 - last period ranking 2
3t California University of PA-I 28 - last period ranking 5
3t Saint Vincent College 28 - last period ranking 3
5 SUNY-Albany 38 - last period ranking 6
6 Indiana University of PA-II 41 - last period ranking 4
7 CCAC-North 44 - last period ranking 8
8 Robert Morris University-DIII 51 - last period ranking 7
9 Fairfield University 69 - last period ranking 11
10 Penn State Delco 70 - last period ranking 9
11 Fordham University 76 - last period ranking 10
12 Monmouth University 86 - last period ranking 13
13 Hofstra University 88 - last period ranking 15
14 Columbia University 102 - not ranked in top 15
15 Lehigh University 103 - last period ranking 14

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 in the newly formed Atlantic conference this year. So now, not only is a league game important, it is now, in most instances consider 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 Myers Florida March 1-4.

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