Falcon ‘N Focus: Women’s Hockey Season Preview, Falcons host Marian Tuesday at 7 p.m.

MEQUON, Wis. - Head coach Jim Ingman has been preparing his women's hockey program for two weeks getting ready for Concordia University Wisconsin's season opener against Marian University at 7 p.m. inside the Ozaukee Ice Center.

Fans unable to attend the game can listen to Matt Menzl's play-by-play radio broadcast by clicking here.

The Falcons have high expectations for the 2011-12 season after advancing to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association semifinals last season, the farthest in their short history. CUW has steadily improved during its first your years as a program with the win total increasing each season. The Falcons concluded last year with a 13-11-4 overall record and 10-6-4 in conference play.

Junior Samantha Meuwissen (Chanhassen, Minn.) returns as the Falcons only NCHA All-Conference player from a season ago after she finished second on the team with 26 points - 11 goals and 15 assists. Junior Sara Cole (Plymouth, Minn.) returns as a NCHA All-Academic honoree. Last season she recorded seven points - three goals and four assists - as a defenseman.

The Falcons were selected to finish ninth in the NCHA preseason coaches' poll, receiving 68 points. UW-River Falls was chosen as the preseason favorite after receiving 10 first place votes and 190 points. UW-Superior was second with one first place vote and 162 points.