University of Connecticut tops Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason National Coaches Poll

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
10 Princeton University 636
11 Syracuse University 613
12 Northwestern University 603
13 Boston College 531
14 Wake Forest University 432
15 Harvard University 395
  Stanford University 395
17 James Madison University 316
18 Saint Joseph's University 311
19 Boston University 257
20 University of Iowa 216
21 University at Albany 211
22 College of William & Mary 200
23 Liberty University 143
24 Ohio State University 137
25 University of Maine 116