GILBERT, Ariz. — The defending NCAA Division III National Champions, the Middlebury College Panthers, came in at No. 1 in the preseason edition of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll. While the Division III field hockey season opens on August 30, Middlebury will not face their first opponent until Wednesday, September 4 when they take on Castleton State University at 4:30 p.m. EST.
The Top Five
Just behind Middlebury, are the 2018 National Championship runners-up, Tufts University. The Jumbos will open their season on September 7 against NESCAC rival, No. 11 Williams College. Rounding out the top five are Rowan University, Messiah College, and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.
Games to Watch
For most conferences, the Division III season begins this Friday. In the first games of the 2019 season, Denison University will face Dickinson College, Kenyon College will take on Centre College, and Elms College will travel to Colby-Sawyer College — all three games kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST on Friday, August 30.
No. 3 Rowan will travel to face No. 19 Ursinus on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. EST contest while No. 16 Christopher Newport University will meet No. 9 University of Rochester on Sunday at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for an 11:00 a.m. EST game.
Southern Virginia University and Centenary University will compete in their program's inaugural contests this weekend. Centenary will visit Bryn Anthyn College on Saturday for a noon game and Southern Virginia will start their program off with a 1:00 p.m. EST game at Notre Dame of Maryland University.
2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll — Preseason
|5||Johns Hopkins University||610|
|6||The College of New Jersey||577|
|9||University of Rochester||477|
|10||Franklin & Marshall College||399|
|13||Montclair State University||303|
|16||Christopher Newport University||196|
|17||Washington & Jefferson College||157|
|Others receiving votes (next five): University of Lynchburg (92), Denison University (56), Skidmore College (35), SUNY Cortland (27), Smith College (26)|
|Total Votes Submitted: 42|
The Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches and has no bearing on selection to the 2019 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.