Women’s Division II Releases Fifth Ranking of 2021-22 Season

Women’s Division II Releases Fifth Ranking of 2021-22 Season

One Week Away from Nationals Invitations Going Out, W2 Sees Shake-ups in the Rankings & Two Auto-bids Clinched


TROY, Mich. – Feb. 22, 2022 – The American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Women’s Division II (W2) today announced the fifth official ranking the 2021-2022 season. The results are based on games played and reported within the ranking period that ended on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022.


The 2022 ACHA National Championships will take place in St. Louis, Missouri in March 2022, and will include 16 W2 teams. The full 2022 Nationals game schedule, with W2 games beginning Tuesday, March 15, is available on the ACHA website, here. Game assignments for all Nationals games will be released after the final ranking and once all teams have been invited and confirmed to attend, which will be calculated once all games are reported on Sunday, Feb. 27.


Teams in BOLD are the current contenders for Nationals invitations in their region as of Ranking #5:


*Teams with asterisks have opted out of Nationals 2022


NORTHEAST REGION (4 invitations)

  1. *Assumption University
  2. Northeastern University
  3. Boston College [IWCHL auto bid winner; confirmed to attend Nationals]
  4. University of New Hampshire
  5. University of Vermont
  6. Providence College
  7. Merrimack College
  8. *Saint Anselm’s College
  9. *Boston University
  10. *University of Connecticut
  11. *Bentley University
  12. Paul Smiths College
  13. Union College
  14. Sacred Heart University


SOUTHEAST REGION (5 invitations)

  1. United States Naval Academy [Women’s DVCHC auto bid winner; confirmed to attend Nationals]
  2. University of Delaware
  3. Rowan University
  4. University of Pittsburgh
  5. Villanova University
  6. Mercyhurst University
  7. University at Buffalo
  8. Liberty University
  9. Loyola University Maryland
  10. West Virginia University
  11. University of Pennsylvania
  12. Towson University
  13. *University of Maryland
  14. *Rochester Institute of Technology
  15. Montclair State University
  16. Brockport State University
  17. West Chester University


CENTRAL (4 invitations)

  1. Lake Superior State University
  2. Sault College
  3. Northern Michigan University
  4. Adrian College
  5. *University of Notre Dame
  6. Michigan State University
  7. Ohio State University
  8. Central Michigan University
  9. Bowling Green State University
  10. Miami University
  11. Loyola University Chicago


WEST REGION (3 invitations)

  1. Dakota College
  2. Assiniboine Community College
  3. North Dakota State University
  4. University of Minnesota-Duluth
  5. Iowa State University
  6. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  7. University of Wisconsin Eau Claire


For reference, the previous W2 ranking can be found here.


The following three conferences with at least six W2 ACHA member teams will be offered an automatic bid for their top team to the 2022 W2 National Championships: Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association (CCWHA), Women’s Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference (DVCHC) and the Independent Women’s Club Ice Hockey League (IWCHL). As of Sunday, Feb. 21, two teams have locked in auto bids: Boston College and United States Naval Academy.


The following teams have declared they will not attend the 2022 National Championships: Assumption College, Bentley University, Boston University, California University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute Technology, University of Maryland, Saint Anselm’s College, University of Connecticut, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Wisconsin Stout, University of Notre Dame. Any team that turns down an invitation to Nationals at this time is subject to disqualification from future National tournaments.


The sixth and final W2 ranking period of the season will end on Feb. 27, 2022. This is the final date that games will count towards W2 rankings. Follow the W2 schedule and standings here.