GILBERT, Ariz. - Messiah holds the No. 1 ranking in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Coaches Poll as the Falcons look to complete an unbeaten regular season this weekend.
Messiah visits Albright on Thursday and hosts William Smith on Saturday as it aims for the perfect regular-season mark. It has a 15-0 record this season and a 37-game winning streak dating back to last year. Messiah captured 929 points and 43 first-place selections in this week's voting.
The next two spots remained steady with Middlebury at No. 2 and Babson at No. 3, while Tufts moved up two slots to No. 4 and Christopher Newport held at No. 5. The rest of the top 10 included The College of New Jersey at No. 6, Salisbury at No. 7, Williams at No. 8, Kean at No. 9 and Montclair State at No. 10.
The bottom half of the poll featured No. 11 Amherst, No. 12 Catholic, No. 13 Franklin & Marshall, No. 14 MIT, No. 15 Hamilton, No. 16 Rochester, No. 17 York, No. 18 Skidmore, No. 19 Bowdoin and No. 20 Bates.
View the top 20 and next five teams receiving votes in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll
Four games between top-20 opponents are on this week's schedule, with a pair of top-10 matchups as No. 8 Williams goes to No. 2 Middlebury on Tuesday and No. 3 Babson is at No. 10 Montclair State on Saturday. The schedule also includes No. 17 York at No. 13 Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday and No. 19 Bowdoin at No. 4 Tufts on Wednesday.
The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, October 31.