GILBERT, Ariz. - Connecticut looks to maintain an unbeaten mark heading into the NCAA Tournament as it competes in the Big East Tournament this week while still holding the top ranking in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Coaches Poll on Tuesday.
The Huskies finished the regular season with a perfect 17-0 record, capped off by a win over then-No. 11 Boston College on Saturday. UConn will open play in the Big East Tournament against host Providence on Friday. Connecticut captured 1,092 points and 39 first-place votes to again hold the top ranking.
Remaining in their slots this week were No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Penn State and No. 6 North Carolina. Switching spots were No. 7 Maryland and No. 8 Delaware as well as No. 9 Northwestern and No. 10 Louisville.
No. 11 Syracuse and No. 12 Boston College also swapped positions, while No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 14 Princeton, No. 15 James Madison, No. 16 Harvard, No. 17 Saint Joseph's, No. 18 Stanford and No. 19 William & Mary all held steady. No. 20 Boston University and No. 21 Albany were each up a place, No. 22 Rutgers slid two slots and No. 23 Iowa, No. 24 Pacific and No. 25 Maine all remained in their spots.
View the full top 25 for the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll.
Conference tournaments are on the schedule throughout Division I field hockey this week. The Atlantic Coast Conference opens up with the quarterfinals on Thursday as No. 2 Duke takes on No. 12 Boston College, No. 6 North Carolina faces No. 13 Wake Forest and No. 11 Syracuse plays No. 10 Louisville. Semifinal action in the Big Ten Tournament has four top-10 teams with No. 9 Northwestern against No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Penn State facing No. 7 Maryland on Friday. The Colonial Athletic Association has No. 15 James Madison against No. 19 William & Mary in a semifinal on Friday and No. 8 Delaware on the other side of the bracket, while the America East features No. 24 Pacific against No. 25 Maine in quarterfinal action on Thursday with No. 18 Stanford and No. 21 Albany in action in Friday's semifinals.
The final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, November 7.