GILBERT, Ariz. — The Middlebury College Panthers remain in first place on the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll, but No. 2 The College of New Jersey is gaining on them — both teams are undefeated with 13 wins apiece and face stiff competition this week. Middlebury will face No. 6 Tufts University on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. (watch online) and TNCJ will take on No. 8 Rowan University this afternoon (watch online) and No. 10 Kean University — a "game to watch" — on Saturday.
Games to Watch
Fans will not want to miss the Thursday contest between No. 16 Bates College and No. 17 Babson College — the matchup between these two New England powerhouses will take place in Lewiston, Maine at 6:30 p.m. EST (watch on the Northeast Sports Network).
Saturday's slate is full of must-watch games. No. 7 Williams College will visit No. 4 Bowdoin College to settle the three-way tie for second place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference standings, which will also hinge on the result between Middlebury and Tufts — the Ephs and Polar Bears are set to push back at 11:00 a.m. EST (watch on the Northeast Sports Network).
Then at 1:00 p.m. EST, No. 11 Ursinus College will host Centennial Conference rival, No. 9 John Hopkins University. The Blue Jays are currently tied for first in the Centennial Conference standings with a 7-0 conference record and Ursinus is ranked fourth (watch online, here).
Also, at 1:00 p.m. EST is the "game to watch" this week between No. 2 TCNJ and No. 10 Kean University. Both teams are undefeated in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) — the contest will determine who moves into uncontested first place in the NJAC standings (follow along, here).
2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll — Week 7
|Rank||Institution (Record)||Points||Previous Ranking|
|1||Middlebury College (13-0)||1172||1|
|2||The College of New Jersey (13-0)||1098||2|
|3||Salisbury University (13-1)||1044||3|
|4||Bowdoin College (11-1)||957||4|
|5||Franklin & Marshall College (13-1)||917||5|
|6||Tufts University (11-2)||839||6|
|7||Williams College (11-1)||807||8|
|8||Rowan University (11-2)||737||7|
|9||Johns Hopkins University (12-2)||700||10|
|10||Kean University (16-1)||648||11|
|11||Ursinus College (9-4)||481||12|
|12||Messiah College (10-4)||457||13|
|13||Christopher Newport University (10-4)||450||14|
|14||Vassar College (11-3)||439||9|
|15||Centre College (14-0)||331||16|
|16||Bates College (8-4)||302||15|
|17||Babson College (12-3)||242||18|
|18||Colby College (8-4)||190||17|
|19||University of Lynchburg (12-3)||176||19|
|20||Amherst College (8-5)||76||Not ranked|
|Others receiving votes (next five): Montclair State University (43), University of Rochester (40), Endicott College (28), Kenyon College (25), SUNY Geneseo (24)|
|Total Votes Submitted: 59|
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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.