GILBERT, Ariz. — Field hockey's reigning NCAA Division I national champion, University of Connecticut, took the top spot in the preseason edition of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. The Huskies were followed closely by the University of North Carolina Tar Heels who took second in the poll with Duke University, University of Maryland and University of Michigan rounding out the top five, respectively.
The 2018 Division I field hockey season opens this Friday, August 24 with two 11:00 a.m. (EST) games — Saint Francis at Ball State and Central Michigan at Colgate. The opening weekend will feature 14 matchups between teams ranked in the preseason top-25, four of which will take place at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge hosted by the University of North Carolina. Representing the Big Ten, Michigan (No. 5) and Iowa (No. 20) will each face off with Wake Forest (No. 14) and North Carolina (No. 2). A short distance away in Durham, Duke (No. 3) will host fellow top-25 teams Liberty (No. 23) and William & Mary (No. 22). Northwestern (No. 12) will also host a pair of ranked teams this weekend, with Stanford (No. 15) and Connecticut (No. 1) making the trip to the Windy City.
The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, September 4. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches and has no bearing on selection to the 2018 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. Follow Division I field hockey schedules, results and standings on nfhca.org.
|Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason National Coaches Poll|
|Rank||Institution (Record)||Points (First place votes)|
|1||University of Connecticut||979 (19)|
|2||University of North Carolina||966 (18)|
|3||Duke University||908 (1)|
|4||University of Maryland||894 (4)|
|5||University of Michigan||837|
|6||Penn State University||778|
|7||University of Virginia||713|
|8||University of Louisville||708|
|9||University of Delaware||704|
|14||Wake Forest University||432|
|17||James Madison University||316|
|18||Saint Joseph's University||311|
|20||University of Iowa||216|
|21||University at Albany||211|
|22||College of William & Mary||200|
|24||Ohio State University||137|
|25||University of Maine||116|