GILBERT, Ariz. — The University of North Carolina was unanimously voted into first place in the penultimate 2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. The Tar Heels have earned a first-round bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship tournament. On Friday, they will play the winners of Thursday's quarterfinal matchup between No. 6 University of Louisville and No. 12 Syracuse University.
The Top Five
Returning to the top five this week are the University of Virginia Cavaliers who were voted into fourth. This is the highest ranking UVA has achieved this year, their previous high-water mark was fifth in weeks two and three of the poll. Last week, UVA beat No. 21 Wake Forest University to secure the third-place seed in the ACC Championship tournament — they are slated to face No. 5 Duke University in the quarterfinals.
Games to Watch
The field hockey season is entering its most exciting phase as conference tournaments get underway this week. Every game is a "can't-miss" match as teams fight to stay alive in the postseason. Fans can follow all NCAA Division I postseason games and results on the FieldTurf Scoreboard hosted by nfhca.org.
2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll — Week 9
|Rank||Institution (Record)||Points (First place votes)||Previous Ranking|
|1||University of North Carolina (17-0)||1175 (47)||1|
|2||University of Maryland (16-2)||1095||2|
|3||University of Connecticut (16-3)||1033||3|
|4||University of Virginia (15-3)||955||6|
|5||Duke University (13-6)||904||4|
|6||University of Louisville (14-4)||890||5|
|7||University of Iowa (13-4)||838||9|
|8||Princeton University (12-4)||810||7|
|9||Boston College (11-6)||790||10|
|10||University of Michigan (13-5)||728||8|
|11||University of Delaware (14-3)||644||12|
|12||Syracuse University (12-5)||643||14|
|13||Saint Joseph's University (15-3)||608||13|
|14||Northwestern University (13-6)||593||11|
|15||Harvard University (12-4)||482||15|
|16||Rutgers University (10-7)||416||16|
|17||Stanford University (12-6)||409||17|
|18||Old Dominion University (10-6)||375||19|
|19||Liberty University (10-7)||373||18|
|20||Monmouth University (13-4)||244||21|
|21||Wake Forest University (9-10)||235||20|
|22||Ohio State University (9-8)||186||22|
|23||William & Mary (12-6)||137||23|
|24||Fairfield University (16-2)||96||24|
|25||American University (11-5)||70||Not ranked|
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.