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Friday, September 23
NFHCA Collegiate Notebooks

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Get caught up on the latest news in collegiate field hockey with the NFHCA notebooks for all divisions. The notebooks for Sept. 23 are linked below.

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Division II
Division III



Longstreth 2016
Wednesday, September 21
Longstreth/NFHCA Weekly Award Winners Announced

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Six student-athletes have been selected as Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) weekly award winners for their accomplishments in competition from Sept. 12-18.

Connecticut junior forward Charlotte Veitner and Boston College junior midfielder/forward Chelcie Mendonca claimed the honors in Division I. The Division II weekly awards went to Stonehill sophomore forward Kacie Smith and East Stroudsburg senior back Emily Howell. Winning the Longstreth/NFHCA weekly awards in Division III were Muhlenberg senior midfielder/forward Rachel Strow and Skidmore sophomore defender Marissa Folts.

The full releases for the winners and honorable mention recipients from each division are included below. 

Division I
Division II
Division III

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 20
Bowdoin Maintains No. 1 Spot in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll - Sept. 20

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Bowdoin continued to hold the top spot in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll announced on Tuesday heading into a week with three games on the schedule between the top-six teams in the ranking.

Bowdoin led all schools in both points (1,074) and first-place votes (40) in the poll as it has opened with a 4-0 record. Messiah moved up one place to No. 2, while Middlebury slid one spot to No. 3. Bowdoin will visit Middlebury in a rematch of last year’s national title game on Saturday. Middlebury won the NCAA Championship matchup after Bowdoin had defeated the Panthers in the regular season as well as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament title game in 2015.

Ursinus held steady at No. 4 in the poll, while Salisbury moved up one spot to No. 5 and Franklin & Marshall slid down one place to No. 6. Franklin & Marshall has a big week ahead on the schedule as it hosts Messiah on Wednesday and Ursinus on Saturday. The rest of the top 10 featured No. 7 Tufts, No. 8 Babson, No. 9 The College of New Jersey and No. 10 Montclair State. TCNJ will visit Salisbury in another top-10 matchup on Saturday.

The remainder of the poll ranking included No. 11 William Smith, No. 12 University of Rochester, No. 13 Skidmore, No. 14 Wellesley, No. 15 Amherst, No. 16 Rowan, No. 17 Christopher Newport, No. 18 Mary Washington, No. 19 Alvernia and No. 20 Catholic. The same teams comprised the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll for the second week in a row. For the full top 20 ranking with point totals as well as the next five receiving votes, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll.

Tufts will play a pair of ranked opponents this week, hosting No. 14 Wellesley on Tuesday and No. 18 Mary Washington on Saturday.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, September 27. 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 20
East Stroudsburg Holds Top Spot in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll - Sept. 20

CHANDLER, Ariz. – After winning a dramatic showdown between the top-two teams in last week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll, East Stroudsburg remains in the No. 1 spot in the new rankings released on Tuesday.

East Stroudsburg won 1-0 in overtime at then-No. 2 Shippensburg on Saturday, its second top-10 victory of the week after defeating then-No. 9 West Chester on Wednesday. The Warriors garnered 199 points and nine first-place votes to retain their hold on the No. 1 ranking.

LIU Post is the last remaining undefeated team in the nation, and its 4-0 mark includes a 1-0 victory at East Stroudsburg last Monday. The Pioneers moved up five places to No. 2 in the nation with 176 points and eight first-place votes, just ahead of Shippensburg at No. 3 with 175 points and four first-place votes. Millersville moved up two spots to No. 4, while Stonehill held steady at No. 5.

The rest of the top 10 featured No. 6 Kutztown, No. 7 Bloomsburg, No. 8 Saint Anselm, No. 9 American International and No. 10 West Chester. American International made its debut in the poll this week. For the full listing of top-10 teams and point totals, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll.

There are four games between top-10 teams this week, beginning with a pair on Tuesday as No. 3 Shippensburg goes to No. 6 Kutztown and No. 4 Millersville hosts No. 10 West Chester. The rest of the top-10 action comes on Saturday when No. 1 East Stroudsburg hosts Kutztown and No. 2 LIU Post goes to No. 5 Stonehill.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, September 27. 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 20
Top Four Teams Unbeaten in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll - Sept. 20

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Five teams hold undefeated records in Division I field hockey, and four of them are at the top of Tuesday’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll after passing big road tests last week.

Syracuse maintains the top spot with 834 points and 25 first-place votes after the Orange moved to 7-0 with a 4-2 win at then-No. 11 Wake Forest on Sunday. Duke holds on to the No. 2 position with 822 points and 12 first-place votes as the Blue Devils improved to 8-0 with two road victories last week, including a 2-1 triumph at then-No. 6 Louisville in a matchup of unbeaten squads on Friday. Connecticut goes up two places to No. 3 following a 2-1 win at then-No. 13 Old Dominion on Friday and 8-0 triumph at then-No. 14 Virginia on Sunday to improve to 7-0. Penn State holds steady at No. 4 as it won three times last week to boost its record to 8-0, including a 4-3 victory at then-No. 16 Iowa on Friday.

Duke stands at 8-0 for the first time in program history, with the Blue Devils holding their longest winning streak since 2008 at eight in a row. Penn State’s 8-0 start is its best since going 15-0 in 1993, while Syracuse and Connecticut are each 7-0 for the second season in a row. North Carolina dropped two spots to round out the top five in the poll.

Maryland inched up one spot to No. 6 in the poll, followed by No. 7 Louisville, No. 8 Michigan and both Boston College and Boston University sharing the No. 9 spot. BC was the biggest riser in the rankings with a nine-spot jump following a 2-1 win over North Carolina on Friday, while BU is off to a 7-0 start which is the best in school history and marks its longest winning streak since 2005.

Northwestern moved up four spots to No. 11, followed in order by No. 12 Delaware, No. 13 Princeton, No. 14 Wake Forest and No. 15 Iowa. Virginia sits at No. 16 and is followed by No. 17 Old Dominion, No. 18 Stanford, No. 19 Maine and No. 20 Albany. The same group of teams comprised the Penn Month/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll for the third week in a row, and none of the squads lost to unranked opponents last week.

For the full listing of teams and point totals, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll

The top teams in the poll will once again face tough road tests in the upcoming week, and the four unbeaten squads at the top of the ranking have a combined five road games at opponents in the top 11. No. 1 Syracuse and No. 2 Duke both pay a visit to No. 5 North Carolina, with the Orange at the Tar Heels on Friday and the Blue Devils making the short trip on Sunday. No. 3 Connecticut goes to No. 9 Boston University on Sunday in a matchup of teams that start the week with unbeaten marks, while No. 4 Penn State is at No. 11 Northwestern on Friday and No. 8 Michigan on Sunday.

There are a total of 11 games between top-20 teams in the upcoming week, and No. 6 Maryland will play three of those as the Terrapins host No. 13 Princeton on Tuesday before visiting No. 15 Iowa on Friday and No. 11 Northwestern on Sunday. Additional top-20 action on Friday includes No. 7 Louisville at No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 9 Boston College hosting No. 16 Virginia and No. 12 Delaware welcoming No. 20 Albany. Six of the 11 top-20 matchups for the week will be played on Friday.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, September 27. 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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The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a non-profit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.



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