Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll top-three stay undefeated for another week

GILBERT, Ariz. — Undefeated Middlebury College remains in first place on the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll for the fifth week in a row (including preseason). Following the 9-0 Panthers are No. 2 Messiah College and No. 3 Tufts University, both teams also tout an undefeated record going into week six of the NCAA Division III season.

The College of New Jersey is still holding strong at the number four spot, while Bowdoin College climbed their way to fifth after a 6-0 win over Wellesley College this past week.

Breaking into the poll in week four is No. 19 Washington and Jefferson College who also remain undefeated with eight wins — notably, the Presidents have only given up two goals this season.

This Saturday features the only four top-20 matchups of the week with contests between No. 15 Hamilton College and No. 18 Amherst College, No. 17 Trinity College and No. 5 Bowdoin, No. 20 Ursinus College and No. 12 Franklin & Marshall College, and between No. 3 Tufts and No. 1 Middlebury.

Follow the outcome of these games and every Division III field hockey contest on nfhca.org.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, October 9. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches and has no bearing on selection to the 2018 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll — Week 4
Rank Institution (Record) Points Previous Ranking
1 Middlebury College (9-0) 1211 1
2 Messiah College (9-0) 1145 2
3 Tufts University (8-0) 1041 3
4 The College of New Jersey (7-1) 1005 4
5 Bowdoin College (7-1) 826 6
6 University of Rochester (10-0) 782 8
7 Rowan University (10-0) 761 9
8 Salisbury University (7-2) 660 7
9 Babson College (8-3) 628 5
10 Montclair State University (10-1) 603 11
11 Christopher Newport University (6-1) 565 10
12 Franklin & Marshall College (8-2) 521 12
13 Williams College (6-1) 506 13
14 Vassar College (9-1) 481 15
15 Hamilton College (7-2) 401 14
16 Johns Hopkins University (8-1) 296 17
17 Trinity College (6-2) 292 18
18 Amherst College (4-3) 277 16
19 Washington & Jefferson College (8-0) 191 Not ranked
20 Ursinus College (6-3) 177 20
Others receiving votes (next five): Massachusetts Institute of Technology (100), Denison University (48), FDU-Florham (36), SUNY Cortland (29), Saint John Fisher (27)
Total Votes Submitted: 61