Bowdoin, F&M move into Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll top five

GILBERT, Ariz. — While the top-three teams stayed the same from week five to week six of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll, fourth and fifth place are now occupied by Bowdoin College and Franklin & Marshall College. Both teams notched two wins last week and have only dropped one game apiece so far this season.

Games to Watch

Conference competition is really heating up this week as team's fight for a place in their conference tournament. Field hockey fans will want to settle in on Saturday for a slate of can't-miss conference games.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rivals, No. 8 Williams College (fourth in NESCAC standings) and No. 15 Bates College (fifth in the NESCAC), kick off the day with a noon game in Williamstown (watch on Northeast Sports Network).

Then at 6:00 p.m. EST tune in to the Capital Athletic Conference matchup between No. 3 Salisbury University and No. 14 Christopher Newport University — the winner will take first place in the CAC standings (watch on Sea Gulls Sports Network).

Fans will want to finish the day with a 7:00 p.m. EST contest between New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) powerhouses, No. 20 Montclair State University and No. 2 TCNJ (watch online, here) — the last time these two teams met was in the 2018 NJAC Championship semifinals, after two rounds of overtime and a bout of shootouts, TCNJ took the win, 2-1.

2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll — Week 6

Rank Institution (Record) Points Previous Ranking
1 Middlebury College (11-0) 1098 1
2 The College of New Jersey (11-0) 1028 2
3 Salisbury University (11-1) 973 3
4 Bowdoin College (10-1) 893 6
5 Franklin & Marshall College (11-1) 759 8
6 Tufts University (9-2) 730 7
7 Rowan University (9-2) 725 4
8 Williams College (10-1) 710 9
9 Vassar College (10-2) 661 5
10 Johns Hopkins University (10-2) 631 10
11 Kean University (14-1) 496 16
12 Ursinus College (8-4) 450 11
13 Messiah College (8-4) 444 12
14 Christopher Newport University (10-3) 357 14
15 Bates College (7-3) 343 13
16 Centre College (11-0) 327 15
17 Colby College (7-3) 182 17
18 Babson College (11-3) 177 19
19 University of Lynchburg (10-3) 145 20
20 Montclair State University (8-5) 89 18
Others receiving votes (next five): Amherst College (36), Kenyon College (30), SUNY Geneseo (28), Ithaca College (23), University of Rochester (19)
Total Votes Submitted: 55

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.