This is the overview for the 2002-03 TBRW ECAC Predictions. For the full statistical details, see: Never Apologize, Never Explain.
For the second consecutive season, Cornell was runner-up in the ECAC championship game, this time losing a heart-breaker to Harvard in double overtime. The hext weekend, Cornell dismembered Quinnipiac 6-1 and held the #1 team in the nation, UNH, to a 3-3 tie until the closing minutes of the third period, before falling by a single goal.
When it was all over, Cornell had garnered great praise en route to a 25-8-2 overall record and a 17-3-2 RS title. Add that Cornell returns virtually its entire offense and defense, including Hobey Baker Finalist Doug Murray and sophomore goaltending sensation David LeNeveu, and all the preseason polls had Cornell at or near the top of the ECAC. To these we contribute our own rating, the TBRW? Predictions!
Sometimes we make changes to our predictive indicators. Either we're learning, or we're always re-fighting the last war. But this time we return the entire apparatus from last year's successful, and simplified, Predictions! That means the following decisions, made before last season, still apply:
This year, we know of just two significant early departures among the Leading Forwards, Defensemen, or Goalies:
In all other cases, each player is assumed to be returning unless he was listed as a senior or graduate student on last season's roster.
TBRW? beat the Coaches Poll for predicting the 2002 RS. Read our Predictions! articles from previous seasons: