Fairfield, Monmouth break into Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll

GILBERT, Ariz. — For the first time this season, Fairfield University and Monmouth University have earned a place on the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. The Stags make their debut at 23rd while the Hawks of Monmouth debuted at 25th.

The Top Five

The University of North Carolina was voted into first place on the poll this week, trailed closely by their neighbors eight miles to the northeast, the Duke University Blue Devils. This week, the two programs share more than just an area code, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rivals also share a 7-0 record.

The University of Connecticut came in third this week, while the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia came in fourth and fifth, respectively. Each of the top-five teams will take on at least one ranked opponent in the upcoming week.

Games to Watch

The game to watch this week is between No. 1 UNC and No. 5 UVA — the two top-five teams will meet on Friday at 6:00 p.m. EST in Charlottesville in each team's second ACC game of the season.

Tuesday will feature the first of three "can't miss" non-conference games — No. 10 Princeton University will visit the No. 4 Terps for a 6:00 p.m. EST contest. Then on Sunday, No. 11 Saint Joseph's University will visit No. 17 Boston College for a noon game and No. 15 Stanford University will travel to No. 2 Duke for a 1:00 p.m. pushback.

2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll — Week 3

Rank Institution (Record) Points (First place votes) Previous Ranking
1 University of North Carolina (7-0) 1289 (41) 1
2 Duke University (7-0) 1221 (11) 2
3 University of Connecticut (7-1) 1133 4
4 University of Maryland (7-1) 1098 3
5 University of Virginia (6-1) 1018 5
6 University of Louisville (6-1) 944 7
7 Northwestern University (8-2) 875 11
8 University of Iowa (5-2) 872 8
9 University of Michigan (5-2) 836 9
10 Princeton University (3-3) 735 6
11 Saint Joseph's University (6-1) 698 15
12 University of Delaware (5-1) 683 10
13 Liberty University (5-1) 622 13
14 Ohio State University (4-3) 569 12
15 Stanford University (6-3) 525 16
16 Harvard University (3-2) 468 14
17 Boston College (4-3) 461 17
18 Rutgers University (4-3) 457 21
19 Syracuse University (6-2) 383 19
20 University at Albany (5-3) 272 20
21 Wake Forest University (2-5) 271 18
22 Old Dominion University (5-2) 206 22
23 Fairfield University (7-1) 196 Not ranked
24 Michigan State University (5-2) 101 23
25 Monmouth University (5-3) 85 Not ranked

Follow all NCAA Division I games and results on the FieldTurf Scoreboard hosted by nfhca.org throughout the season.

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.