GILBERT, Ariz. — The University of North Carolina stays at the top of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll for another week. They are followed by the University of Connecticut and the University of Maryland — all three teams are still touting an undefeated record. Staying ranked at number four is Duke University and at number five is Princeton University.
Two other teams appearing on the top-25 remain undefeated. Old Dominion University (No. 11) improved to 7-0 this week with an overtime win over the University of Virginia (No. 10) and a 6-1 victory over Big East Conference opponent, Providence College. The University of Maine (No. 18) is the fifth undefeated team appearing on the poll — the Black Bears had two decisive wins over Cornell University and University of California, Davis this past weekend. They will face Harvard University (No. 20) this Sunday, the two teams have been neck-and-neck on the poll for the past several weeks.
Fourteen games this week will feature competition between top-25 teams, the first of which will take place tonight — the University of Maryland (No. 3) will travel to Princeton University (No. 5) for a 6:00 p.m. (EST) pushback.
The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, September 25. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches and has no bearing on selection to the 2018 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.
|Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll — Week 3|
|Rank||Institution (Record)||Points (First place votes)||Previous Ranking|
|1||University of North Carolina (7-0)||1192 (33)||1|
|2||University of Connecticut (7-0)||1170 (14)||2|
|3||University of Maryland (8-0)||1136 (2)||3|
|4||Duke University (6-2)||1066||4|
|5||Princeton University (5-2)||1003||5|
|6||Penn State University (5-2)||927||6|
|7||University of Louisville (6-2)||881||8|
|8||University of Michigan (5-3)||736||10|
|9||Boston College (3-3)||640||9|
|10||University of Virginia (3-3)||628||7|
|11||Old Dominion University (7-0)||625||15|
|12||Syracuse University (4-3)||618||12|
|13||University of Iowa (7-1)||581||16|
|14||Northwestern University (5-4)||580||11|
|15||University of Delaware (4-4)||566||13|
|16||Saint Joseph's University (4-2)||532||14|
|17||Rutgers University (6-1)||493||17|
|18||University of Maine (7-0)||421||18|
|19||Liberty University (4-2)||420||20|
|20||Harvard University (5-1)||401||18|
|21||Boston University (5-3)||292||21|
|22||Stanford University (5-3)||261||23|
|23||Ohio State University (4-4)||154||22|
|24||University at Albany (4-2)||137||25|
|25||University of California, Berkeley (3-3)||115||Not ranked|