Undefeated UNC unanimous choice for first in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll

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.