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Penn Monto
Tuesday, August 30
Middlebury Ranked No. 1 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Preseason Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll

CHANDLER, Ariz. – After winning the national championship in 2015, Middlebury will start the 2016 season as the top-ranked team in the country by earning the No. 1 spot in the preseason Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll announced on Tuesday.

The Panthers accumulated 1,082 points and 39 first-place votes to receive the No. 1 ranking. The team the Panthers defeated in the national title game, Bowdoin, came in with the No. 2 ranking while totaling 1,066 points and 16 first-place votes. Both members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Bowdoin’s only loss last season came against Middlebury in the NCAA title game after the Polar Bears had defeated the Panthers in the regular season as well as the conference tournament title game. The teams will face off at Middlebury on Sept. 24.

The College of New Jersey earned the No. 3 spot in the ranking, followed by Ursinus at No. 4 and Franklin & Marshall at No. 5. The rest of the top 10 included No. 6 William Smith, No. 7 Salisbury, No. 8 Messiah, No. 9 Wellesley and No. 10 Montclair State.

The remainder of the poll ranking included No. 11 Skidmore, No. 12 Mary Washington, No. 13 Tufts, No. 14 Christopher Newport, No. 15 Amherst, No. 16 Babson, No. 17 Rowan, No. 18 Rochester, No. 19 Catholic and No. 20 Mount Holyoke. View all of the point totals for the teams in the top 20 as well as the next five receiving votes in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll.

The 2016 season begins on Thursday, with the slate that day featuring No. 4 Ursinus at No. 17 Rowan and No. 8 Messiah hosting Shippensburg, the No. 6 team in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll. Four games between top-20 squads are on tap for Saturday, including Ursinus hosting No. 6 William Smith in the first top-10 matchup of the year. Saturday’s slate also includes Rowan at No. 5 Franklin & Marshall, No. 16 Babson at No. 11 Skidmore and No. 18 Rochester at No. 12 Mary Washington.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, September 13. 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, August 30
East Stroudsburg Ranked First in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Preseason Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Preseason Coaches Poll

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Defending national champion East Stroudsburg opened where it finished last season as the No. 1 team in the preseason Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll announced on Tuesday.

The Warriors garnered 203 points and 15 first-place votes to earn the No. 1 ranking in the poll. Two of their fellow members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) followed in the rankings, with No. 2 Millersville earning 170 points and No. 3 West Chester totaling 161 while each school received a pair of first-place votes. Last year’s national runner-up, Merrimack, came in at No. 4 while another Northeast-10 member, Stonehill, was ranked No. 5.

Filling out the rest of the top 10 in the poll were No. 6 Shippensburg, No. 7 Adelphi, No. 8 Bloomsburg, No. 9 Kutztown and No. 10 Limestone. The inclusion of Shippensburg, Bloomsburg and Kutztown gave the PSAC six of the top nine teams in the poll.

For the full rankings and release, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Preseason Coaches Poll

The season gets underway on Thursday, and there are a host of matchups between top-10 teams in the opening week. Top-ranked East Stroudsburg opens the season at No. 4 Merrimack on Friday in a rematch of the 2015 Division II National Championship, and ESU then plays at No. 5 Stonehill on Saturday and No. 8 Bloomsburg on Tuesday. Stonehill will host another top-five matchup when it welcomes No. 2 Millersville on Monday, while No. 3 West Chester hosts No. 10 Limestone on Saturday and No. 7 Adelphi welcomes No. 8 Bloomsburg on Friday.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, September 13. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches, and has no bearing on selection to the 2016 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship.



Emma Way
Emma Way, Michigan
Monday, August 29

NCAA Field Hockey Weekend Recap 

 CHANDLER, Ariz. - A busy opening weekend of the NCAA Division I field hockey season saw the No. 1 team fall in a thriller while the No. 2 and No. 3 squads picked up impressive wins.

For the full weekend recap for games on Aug. 26-28, go here.

 



Penn Monto
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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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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