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Thursday, September 29
NFHCA Collegiate Notebooks

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Catch up on the latest news throughout collegiate field hockey with the NFHCA notebooks. Content from all three divisions is included below.  

NFHCA Division I Notebook - Sept. 29
NFHCA Division II Notebook - Sept. 29
NFHCA Division III Notebook - Sept. 29



Longstreth 2016
Wednesday, September 28

Longstreth/NFHCA Weekly Award Winners Announced

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) weekly award winners were announced on Wednesday for competition in Division I, II and III from Sept. 19-25.

Northwestern junior forward Pascale Massey and North Carolina senior back Julia Young won the weekly honors in Division I. For Division II, LIU Post sophomore forward/midfielder Emily Miller and American International sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Ross claimed the awards. Winning the Division III weekly awards were Marywood senior forward Gabbie Bower and Wellesley sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Connelly.

Full releases for the Longstreth/NFHCA weekly awards in each division are included below, along with honorable mention selections.

Division I Weekly Awards - Sept. 28
Division II Weekly Awards - Sept. 28
Division III Weekly Awards - Sept. 28

About Longstreth Sporting Goods
For over 30 years, Longstreth Sporting Goods has “defined the women’s game” by providing an endless selection in Field Hockey, Lacrosse and Softball equipment. Barbara Longstreth initiated the passion for women’s sports, and the importance of personal attention to female athletes of all ages that gave way to Longstreth Sporting Goods. We are committed to continuing this passion and attention today.  



Penn Monto
Tuesday, September 27

Messiah Takes No. 1 Ranking in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll - Sept. 27

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Following its fourth win of the season over a top-10 opponent, Messiah became the new No. 1 team in the nation in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll announced on Tuesday.

The latest big win for the Falcons came on Wednesday when they defeated then-No. 6 Franklin & Marshall 3-2 in overtime. Messiah also has wins over Ursinus, Salisbury and The College of New Jersey this season as part of its 7-1 start, with the only loss coming in the opener against Division II Shippensburg, which came in at No. 3 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll announced Tuesday. Messiah totaled 987 points and 32 first-place votes to take the No. 1 ranking.

Bowdoin fell one spot to No. 2 in Tuesday’s poll, while Middlebury held steady at No. 3. Middlebury defeated Bowdoin 3-2 at home when the teams faced off on Saturday in a rematch of the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championship, but the Panthers suffered their first loss the next day when they fell at Hamilton.

Salisbury came in at No. 4 while Franklin & Marshall was No. 5 in the ranking. The rest of the top 10 included No. 6 Tufts, No. 7 Ursinus, No. 8 Babson, No. 9 University of Rochester and No. 10 Skidmore.

The College of New Jersey holds the No. 11 spot in the poll, followed by No. 12 William Smith, No. 13 Amherst, No. 14 Montclair State and No. 15 Rowan. No. 16 Wellesley, No. 17 Mary Washington, No. 18 Muhlenberg, No. 19 Trinity (Conn.) and No. 20 Alvernia filled out the ranking. Muhlenberg and Trinity both entered the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll this week. For the full rankings and point totals as well as the next five teams receiving votes, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll.

Four of the top six teams in the poll play a ranked opponent this week. No. 2 Bowdoin hosts No. 16 Wellesley and No. 3 Middlebury goes to No. 10 Skidmore in action on Wednesday, while No. 4 Salisbury hosts No. 17 Mary Washington and No. 6 Tufts welcomes No. 13 Amherst on Saturday.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, October 4. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches, and has no bearing on selection to the 2016 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.



Penn Monto
Tuesday, September 27

LIU Post Moves to No. 1 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll 

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll - Sept. 27

CHANDLER, Ariz. – There was a change at the top in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll on Tuesday as LIU Post took the No. 1 position after another win over a top-five opponent.

The Pioneers, who are the last unbeaten team in the nation, ran their record to 6-0 with two victories last week including a 3-0 triumph at No. 5 Stonehill on Saturday. LIU Post captured nine first-place votes and 176 points to earn the top spot, while defending national champion East Stroudsburg slipped to No. 2 with 168 points and seven first-place votes. LIU Post’s resume includes a 1-0 victory at East Stroudsburg on Sept. 14.

The rest of the top five remained unchanged with Shippensburg at No. 3, Millersville at No. 4 and Stonehill at No. 5. Bloomsburg and Saint Anselm moved up one spot apiece to No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, while Kutztown went down two places to No. 8. No. 9 American International and No. 10 West Chester held the same positions as last week’s poll. View the full rankings and point totals for the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll.

LIU Post and East Stroudsburg will each face a test from a top-10 opponent this week. The top-ranked Pioneers welcome No. 7 Saint Anselm on Saturday while No. 2 East Stroudsburg visits No. 10 West Chester on Wednesday.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, October 4. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches, and has no bearing on selection to the 2016 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship.



Penn Monto
Tuesday, September 27

Connecticut Ranked No. 1 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll 

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll - Sept. 27

CHANDLER, Ariz. – After emerging as the last undefeated team in the nation, Connecticut moved up two places to claim the No. 1 ranking in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll announced on Tuesday.

The Huskies improved to 9-0 with a pair of wins last week, beating Temple 6-0 on Friday before a 5-1 win at then-No. 9 Boston University on Sunday. UConn collected 860 points and 14 first-place votes to take the top spot over North Carolina, which was just one point behind at 859 while leading all schools in the poll with 18 first-place votes. The Tar Heels moved up three places after beating the top two teams in the nation at home last week. UNC defeated No. 1 Syracuse 3-2 in double overtime on Friday and beat No. 2 Duke by the same margin on Sunday.

Duke and Syracuse fell after each taking their first loss of the season. The Blue Devils dropped one spot to No. 3 with 848 points and 10 first-place votes, while the Orange fell three spots to No. 4 with 842 points and five first-place votes. The top four teams in the poll were separated by a total of 18 points. Penn State slid one spot to No. 5 after splitting a pair of tough road games last week, falling 5-3 at No. 11 Northwestern on Friday before posting a 3-1 win at No. 8 Michigan on Sunday.

Northwestern made the biggest move in the poll, going up five places to No. 6 after a pair of wins against highly-ranked squads last week. In addition to the victory over Penn State, the Wildcats beat No. 6 Maryland 3-2 on Sunday. Louisville held steady at No. 7, followed by No. 8 Maryland, No. 9 Michigan and No. 10 Delaware.

Princeton came in at No. 11 in the ranking, with Virginia at No. 12, Boston University at No. 13, Old Dominion at No. 14 and Boston College at No. 15. The rest of the poll included No. 16 Wake Forest, No. 17 Stanford, No. 18 Iowa, No. 19 James Madison and No. 20 Maine. JMU was the only new entrant in the rankings this week. For the full list of rankings and point totals, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll.

There are 10 matchups between ranked squads on this week’s schedule, including three pitting teams in the top half of the poll. No. 9 Michigan will play in a pair of those matchups, visiting No. 8 Maryland on Friday and No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday. The Wolverines defeated the Tar Heels 1-0 when the teams met on August 27. Additional top-20 matchups on Friday include No. 4 Syracuse welcoming No. 7 Louisville, No. 3 Duke hosting No. 15 Boston College, No. 10 Delaware at No. 19 James Madison and No. 12 Virginia hosting No. 16 Wake Forest. Duke, Louisville and Virginia each host another top-20 matchup on Sunday as the Blue Devils take on No. 13 Boston University, the Cardinals entertain No. 18 Iowa and the Cavaliers face No. 14 Old Dominion. Sunday’s action also includes No. 5 Penn State welcoming No. 11 Princeton.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, October 4. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches, and has no bearing on selection to the 2016 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.



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Tuesday, September 20
NFHCA Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016

CHANDLER, Ariz. - New Hampshire Head Coach Robin Balducci, former Kent State Head Coach and administrator Judy Devine and Episcopal Academy Head Coach and Director of Athletics Gina Buggy have been selected as the members of the class of 2016 for induction into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame, it was announced on Monday.

The three distinguished individuals will be formally inducted into the NFHCA Hall of Fame on January 5, 2017. The induction ceremony will be held during the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention from January 4-6 at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, Florida. 

Balducci is currently in her 26th season as head field hockey coach at New Hampshire and is the school's all-time wins leader. She is a 1985 UNH graduate who was previously inducted into the school's Women's Athletics Hall of Honor.

Devine was the head field hockey coach at Kent State from 1970-80 and continued her career at the school as an administrator until retiring following 31 years of service in 2000. She is considered the matriarch of Kent State athletics and has been inducted to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame as well as becoming the first female administrator in the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame in 2014.

Buggy had a standout career at Ursinus College before playing on the United States Field Hockey National Team, where she was a member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. She has spent the past 30 years as the head field hockey coach at The Episcopal Academy, and has served as the school's Director of Athletics since 1993.

For more on each of the class of 2016 Hall of Fame honorees, read the profiles below. 

Robin Balducci

Judy Devine

Gina Buggy

 

 



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