Defending National Champion, UNC, tops the Preseason Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll

GILBERT, Ariz. — Field hockey's reigning NCAA Division I National Champion, University of North Carolina, was voted into the top spot in the preseason edition of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. The Tar Heels will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend to participate in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge — No. 1 UNC, No. 7 University of Michigan, No. 8 University of Iowa, and No. 10 Wake Forest University will face off in a series of games.

The Top Five

Just behind the Tar Heels, at No. 2, are the University of Maryland Terrapins, who were runners-up in the 2018 National Championship — the Terps will face the University of Richmond and the University of New Hampshire this weekend. Duke University landed at No. 3, the University of Connecticut at No. 4, and 2018 Final Four contender, Princeton University, came in fifth.

Games to Watch

The Division I field hockey season begins this Friday, August 30, with 29 contests taking place across the country. Noon games between Longwood University and Monmouth University and between No. 24 University of Maine and No. 19 Rutgers University will be the first of the 2019 season.

No. 15 Northwestern University and No. 4 UCONN will travel to No. 21 Stanford University for a round-robin series in The Golden State.

No. 9 Penn State University will start their season off with a pair of top-ranked opponents, traveling to No. 3 Duke for a 6:00 p.m. EST contest on Friday and then visiting No. 11 University of Virginia for a 12:00 p.m. EST contest on Sunday. 

2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll — Preseason

Rank Institution Points (First place votes)
1 University of North Carolina 821 (31)
2 University of Maryland 746
3 Duke University 687 (2)
4 University of Connecticut 665
5 Princeton University 664
6 Harvard University 587
7 University of Michigan 518
8 University of Iowa 511
9 Penn State University 491
10 Wake Forest University 480
11 University of Virginia 425
12 University of Louisville 413
13 Boston College 313
14 Ohio State University 310
15 Northwestern University 298
16 University of Delaware 296
17 Saint Joseph's University 292
18 Syracuse University 283
19 Rutgers University 260
20 Liberty University 246
21 Stanford University 224
22 University at Albany 178
23 Boston University 127
24 University of Maine 109
25 College of William & Mary 84

 

Catch up on the NFHCA's breakdown of the 2018 polls and follow the first weekend of the field hockey season on the FieldTurf Scoreboard hosted by nfhca.org.

The Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches and has no bearing on selection to the 2019 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.