GILBERT, Ariz. - Connecticut maintained its unbeaten record last week and on Tuesday held on to its grip on the No. 1 ranking in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Coaches Poll.
The Huskies notched two more shutout wins last week as they ran their record to 11-0 on the season. Connecticut accumulated 1,222 points and 46 first-place votes to once again run away with the No. 1 ranking in the poll.
The rest of the top five includes two teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference in No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Virginia and a pair from the Big Ten Conference in No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Penn State. The bottom half of the top ten consists of No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Delaware, No. 8 Boston College, No. 9 Syracuse and No. 10 Northwestern.
Louisville came in at No. 11, with Stanford at No. 12, Harvard at No. 13, Princeton at No. 14 and Wake Forest at No. 15. James Madison was at No. 16, with Maryland at No. 17, William & Mary at No. 18, Albany at No. 19 and Rutgers at No. 20. The rest of the poll included No. 21 Saint Joseph's, No. 22 Pacific, No. 23 Iowa, No. 24 American and both Boston University and Monmouth at No. 25.
The full rankings and point totals for the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll are available here
Eleven games between ranked opponents are on this week's schedule, beginning with No. 6 North Carolina at No. 3 Virginia, No. 20 Rutgers at No. 4 Michigan and No. 11 Louisville at No. 8 Boston College on Friday. Saturday's slate features No. 9 Syracuse at No. 2 Duke, No. 12 Stanford against No. 20 Rutgers and No. 24 American at No. 25 Boston University. The five games between ranked squads on Sunday include No. 1 Connecticut at No. 14 Princeton, No. 23 Iowa at No. 2 Duke, No. 12 Stanford at No. 4 Michigan, No. 16 James Madison at No. 7 Delaware and No. 13 Harvard at No. 8 Boston College.
The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, October 10.