GILBERT, Ariz. — For the sixth and final time this season, West Chester University was voted into first place in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II National Coaches Poll. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champions took first seed in the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship tournament — West Chester was awarded a bye in the NCAA tournament, sending them directly to the semifinals. The Golden Rams will face the winner of the first-round contest between No. 3 Merrimack College and No. 3 Shippensburg University.
In second place this week is East Stroudsburg University. The 15-4 Warriors also received a first-round bye — they will face either No. 5 Pace University or No. 6 Saint Anselm College, the Northeast-10 rivals will compete against one another in the first round of the tournament on Sunday, November 25.
In just less than two weeks, a Division II NCAA national champion will be crowned at the Division II Championships Festival which will take place at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — the tournament begins with first-round games on Sunday, November 25 and will conclude the following weekend with semifinals taking place on Thursday, November 29 and the championship match on December 1. Follow the results of the Division II field hockey championship on the FieldTurf Scoreboard, hosted by nfhca.org. Find a complete bracket and more details on the tournament on ncca.com.
The Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II National Coaches Poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches and has no bearing on selection to the 2018 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship.
|Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II National Coaches Poll — Week 11|
|Rank||Institution (Record)||Points (First place votes)||Previous Ranking|
|1||West Chester University (17-2)||169 (16)||1|
|2||East Stroudsburg University (15-4)||132||3|
|3||Merrimack College (18-3)||127||5|
|3||Shippensburg University (16-4)||127||4|
|5||Pace University (17-2)||115 (1)||2|
|6||Millersville University (14-6)||58||8|
|6||Saint Anselm College (15-6)||58||10|
|8||Stonehill College (13-7)||50||9|
|9||Kutztown University (14-5)||43||7|
|10||LIU Post (13-5)||28||6|