TCNJ moves into first place on Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll

GILBERT, Ariz. — After successfully defending their unbeaten record last weekend, The College of New Jersey moved into first place on the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll. The Pride was tested by No. 10 Rowan University and No. 9 Kean University — two formidable conference opponents — but came out one goal ahead in both contests. TCNJ now sits atop both the National Coaches Poll and the New Jersey Athletic Conference standings with one week left to go in the regular season.

The Top Five

Three of the top-five teams are tied for first in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) standings — No. 2 Middlebury College, No. 4 Bowdoin College, and No. 5 Tufts University all tout an 8-1 conference record. This week's final regular season contests will determine which team will take the top seed in the NESCAC Field Hockey Championship.

In Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) action, No. 3 Salisbury College scored an impressive 12 goals last week against CAC opponents to move to 4-0 and first place in their conference. In order to clench the CAC regular-season title, the Sea Gulls will have to beat York College tomorrow evening in their final regular season contest of the year (watch on the Sea Gull Sports Network).

Games to Watch

The results of tonight's 6:30 p.m. game between No. 2 Middlebury and No. 7 Williams College (on Northeast Sports Network) and Wednesday's 7:00 p.m. contest between No. 4 Bowdoin and No. 5 Tufts (online, here) will determine the final seeding for the NESCAC Field Hockey Tournament.

Field hockey fans will not want to miss Saturday's noon game between No. 6 Franklin & Marshall College and No. 8 Johns Hopkins University (online, here). Both teams are currently undefeated in the Centennial Conference and the game result will be an important factor in naming the Centennial regular-season champion (Hopkins' Wednesday game against Gettysburg College will also play a role in conference standings).

2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll — Week 8

Rank Institution (Record) Points Previous Ranking
1 The College of New Jersey (15-0) 1057 2
2 Middlebury College (13-1) 1026 1
3 Salisbury University (15-1) 930 3
4 Bowdoin College (13-1) 885 4
5 Tufts University (12-2) 859 6
6 Franklin & Marshall College (15-1) 821 5
7 Williams College (12-2) 722 7
8 Johns Hopkins University (13-2) 679 9
9 Kean University (17-2) 629 10
10 Rowan University (12-3) 628 8
11 Messiah College (12-4) 467 12
12 Ursinus College (9-6) 381 11
13 Christopher Newport University (12-4) 376 13
14 Centre College (15-0) 347 15
15 Vassar College (13-3) 309 14
16 Babson College (15-3) 299 17
17 Bates College (9-5) 238 16
18 Colby College (9-5) 152 18
19 University of Lynchburg (14-3) 149 19
20 Amherst College (8-6) 74 20
Others receiving votes (next five): SUNY Geneseo (30), Kenyon College (27), St. John Fisher College (25), FDU-Florham (21), Ithaca College (21)
Total Votes Submitted: 54

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

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.