GILBERT, Ariz. — For the eighth week in a row, the University of Carolina Tar Heels sit atop the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. Their 17-0 record garnered a unanimous first-place selection in the poll going into postseason. They are the number one seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament which is set to begin this Thursday — UNC will bypass the first round of the tournament and will play the winner of No. 16 University of Virginia and No. 13 Boston College in the semifinal.
Following the Tar Heels in the poll are No. 2 University of Maryland, No. 3 Duke University and No. 4 University of Connecticut. Each of the three teams will compete in their conference tournaments this weekend with the Terps and the Huskies both seeded first, and the Blue Devils seeded second. No. 5 Princeton University will finish their regular season this weekend with their final conference matchup against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday.
New to the poll this week is No. 25 Miami University of Ohio. The Red Hawks secured a regular-season championship and first seed in the Mid-American Conference tournament this past weekend with a 5-0 win over Ohio University.
The tenth and final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll for the 2018 season will be announced on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 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 9|
|Rank||Institution (Record)||Points (First place votes)||Previous Ranking|
|1||University of North Carolina (17-0)||1125 (45)||1|
|2||University of Maryland (17-2)||1045||2|
|3||Duke University (14-4)||999||3|
|4||University of Connecticut (16-3)||955||4|
|5||Princeton University (12-4)||925||5|
|6||Harvard University (15-1)||873||6|
|7||University of Michigan (13-5)||814||8|
|8||University of Iowa (13-5)||785||9|
|9||Penn State University (12-5)||704||7|
|10||Saint Joseph's University (16-2)||643||12|
|11||Rutgers University (13-5)||623||10|
|12||University of Louisville (13-5)||567||11|
|13||Boston College (10-8)||523||13|
|14||University of Delaware (12-6)||475||16|
|15||Liberty University (12-5)||412||18|
|16||University of Virginia (8-8)||406||20|
|17||Syracuse University (8-7)||392||14|
|18||University of Maine (14-4)||339||15|
|19||Ohio State University (12-7)||334||23|
|20||Wake Forest University (9-8)||331||19|
|21||University at Albany (13-4)||292||17|
|22||Stanford University (13-5)||249||21|
|23||Northwestern University (9-10)||185||22|
|24||Boston University (10-7)||130||24|
|25||Miami University of Ohio (13-6)||62||Not ranked|