Defending champion RIT was voted the preseason No. 1 in Atlantic Hockey by the league's coaches. Robert Morris, which had won the regular season the last two years before being upset in the playoffs, was voted sixth as the Colonials bring in 10 freshmen.
Canisius was voted ninth and Niagara 10th.
The complete poll:
2. Air Force
3. Holy Cross
T-4. Army West Point
6. Robert Morris
7. Sacred Heart
Canisius opens the season Oct. 7 at North Dakota while Niagara opens Oct. 7 at home against Holy Cross.