GILBERT, Ariz. — The College of New Jersey claimed the top spot on the penultimate 2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll following their win over Stockton University last week. The Lions finished the regular season with a perfect record and earned the top seed in the upcoming New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Field Hockey Championship Tournament — they are slated to face Stockton tomorrow in the semifinal round.
The Top Five
Second-ranked Middlebury College has already advanced to the semifinal round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Field Hockey Championship where they will face Hamilton College on Saturday.
Tufts University — ranked fourth this week — has also advanced to the NESCAC semifinals where they will face No. 8 Williams College on Saturday. No. 5 Bowdoin College was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament by Hamilton last weekend.
Third-ranked Salisbury University — who secured the top seed and a first-round bye in the Capitol Athletic Conference (CAC) Field Hockey Tournament — will kick off their postseason in the CAC semifinals against York College on Wednesday.
Games to Watch
The Division III NCAA postseason is already underway with most conferences entering the semifinal round this week — fans should follow the FieldTurf Scoreboard hosted by nfhca.org for all field hockey postseason results. Every game is a "game-to-watch" as teams fight to stay alive in November.
2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll — Week 9
|Rank||Institution (Record)||Points||Previous Ranking|
|1||The College of New Jersey (16-0)||1108||1|
|2||Middlebury College (15-1)||1064||2|
|3||Salisbury University (16-1)||975||3|
|4||Tufts University (13-3)||882||5|
|5||Bowdoin College (14-2)||850||4|
|6||Johns Hopkins University (15-2)||816||8|
|7||Franklin & Marshall College (15-2)||773||6|
|8||Williams College (13-3)||752||7|
|9||Kean University (18-2)||695||9|
|10||Rowan University (14-3)||601||10|
|11||Messiah College (14-4)||532||11|
|12||Ursinus College (11-6)||413||12|
|13||Christopher Newport University (13-4)||406||13|
|14||Centre College (16-0)||370||14|
|15||Babson College (17-3)||320||16|
|16||Vassar College 14-3)||257||15|
|17||Bates College (10-6)||204||17|
|18||University of Lynchburg (16-3)||185||19|
|19||Colby College (9-7)||104||18|
|20||SUNY Geneseo (17-2)||89||Not ranked|
|Others receiving votes (next five): Endicott College (49), Hamilton College (44), Amherst College (30), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (30), Trinity College (25)|
|Total Votes Submitted: 56|
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.