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Tuesday, August 23
North Carolina Earns Top Spot in Division I Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Poll

Division I Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Poll

North Carolina begins the season as the top team in the country as the Tar Heels took home the No. 1 ranking in the Division I Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) preseason poll announced on Tuesday.

The Tar Heels garnered 915 points and 16 first-place votes to claim the top spot. The runner-up in the 2015 national championship, North Carolina edged out last year’s champion to earn the top ranking. Syracuse led all schools with 25 first-place votes, but finished second to North Carolina with 898 points. The rest of the top five consisted of No. 3 Connecticut, No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Virginia, with the top ten filled out by No. 6 Maryland, No. 7 Wake Forest, No. 8 Boston College, No. 9 Albany and No. 10 Michigan. The Atlantic Coast Conference dominated the top of the poll with four of the top five and six of the top eight squads in the rankings.

Stanford claimed the No. 11 spot in the poll, with the rest of the top 20 including No. 12 Louisville, No. 13 Liberty, No. 14 Delaware, No. 15 Princeton, No. 16 Northwestern, No. 17 Boston University, No. 18 Penn State, No. 19 James Madison and No. 20 Old Dominion.

For a full listing of the top-20 teams and others receiving votes, view the Division I Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Poll.

The Division I field hockey season gets underway on Friday, and the top two teams will have big neutral-site tests on the opening weekend. No. 1 North Carolina takes on No. 10 Michigan in Winston-Salem on Saturday, while on Sunday No. 2 Syracuse will face off with No. 6 Maryland in Philadelphia. The Wolverines will face another top-10 opponent on Sunday when they visit No. 7 Wake Forest. Two other top-20 teams will join Michigan by facing a pair of ranked opponents, with No. 13 Liberty visiting No. 19 James Madison on Friday and No. 4 Duke on Sunday while No. 18 Penn State hosts No. 20 Old Dominion on Friday and No. 5 Virginia on Sunday. Additional top-20 matchups on Friday include No. 3 Connecticut at No. 11 Stanford and No. 17 Boston University facing No. 16 Northwestern in Durham, N.H.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, September 6.


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