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Merrimack field hockey equals highest national ranking in history

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The National Field Hockey Coaches Association unveiled its latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll on Tuesday morning, listing the Merrimack College field hockey program as the third-ranked program nationwide. The billing is significant, as it equals the highest the program has ever been ranked in the coaches poll.

The 2011 edition of the Warriors – who finished that season with a program-record setting 17 victories – also reached the No. 3 spot, doing so in the final edition of the 2011 rankings. Merrimack reached the national semifinals in 2011, and also claimed the Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season Championship.

In Tuesday’s poll, the Warriors received three first-place tallies, and were the highest ranked NE10 program. Merrimack trailed only top-ranked West Chester University and No. 2 East Stroudsburg in the poll. Fourth-ranked Pace, sixth-ranked Stonehill and 10th-ranked LIU Post were the other NE10 squads featured in the rankings.

Merrimack begins a three-game road swing tomorrow night, when the Warriors head to Worcester, Mass. to face Assumption College at 7 p.m.

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II National Coaches Poll β€” Week 6
RankInstitution (Record)Points (First place votes)Previous Ranking
1West Chester University (9-1)212 (17)1
2East Stroudsburg University (9-2)191 (1)2
3Merrimack College (9-1)161 (3)4
4Pace University (10-1)122 (1)8
5Shippensburg University (8-3)1165
5Stonehill College (7-3)1163
7Kutztown University (9-3)786
8Millersville University (6-3)779
9Bloomsburg University (7-3)597
10Limestone University (7-3)19Not ranked
10Lindenwood University (8-2)19Not ranked
10LIU Post (6-3)1910
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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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