GILBERT, Ariz. — Field hockey's reigning NCAA Division I National Champion, University of North Carolina, was voted into the top spot in the preseason edition of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. The Tar Heels will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend to participate in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge — No. 1 UNC, No. 7 University of Michigan, No. 8 University of Iowa, and No. 10 Wake Forest University will face off in a series of games.
The Top Five
Just behind the Tar Heels, at No. 2, are the University of Maryland Terrapins, who were runners-up in the 2018 National Championship — the Terps will face the University of Richmond and the University of New Hampshire this weekend. Duke University landed at No. 3, the University of Connecticut at No. 4, and 2018 Final Four contender, Princeton University, came in fifth.
Games to Watch
The Division I field hockey season begins this Friday, August 30, with 29 contests taking place across the country. Noon games between Longwood University and Monmouth University and between No. 24 University of Maine and No. 19 Rutgers University will be the first of the 2019 season.
No. 15 Northwestern University and No. 4 UCONN will travel to No. 21 Stanford University for a round-robin series in The Golden State.
No. 9 Penn State University will start their season off with a pair of top-ranked opponents, traveling to No. 3 Duke for a 6:00 p.m. EST contest on Friday and then visiting No. 11 University of Virginia for a 12:00 p.m. EST contest on Sunday.
2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll — Preseason
|Rank||Institution||Points (First place votes)|
|1||University of North Carolina||821 (31)|
|2||University of Maryland||746|
|3||Duke University||687 (2)|
|4||University of Connecticut||665|
|7||University of Michigan||518|
|8||University of Iowa||511|
|9||Penn State University||491|
|10||Wake Forest University||480|
|11||University of Virginia||425|
|12||University of Louisville||413|
|14||Ohio State University||310|
|16||University of Delaware||296|
|17||Saint Joseph's University||292|
|22||University at Albany||178|
|24||University of Maine||109|
|25||College of William & Mary||84|
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.