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 — Week 6|
|Rank||Institution (Record)||Points (First place votes)||Previous Ranking|
|1||West Chester University (9-1)||212 (17)||1|
|2||East Stroudsburg University (9-2)||191 (1)||2|
|3||Merrimack College (9-1)||161 (3)||4|
|4||Pace University (10-1)||122 (1)||8|
|5||Shippensburg University (8-3)||116||5|
|5||Stonehill College (7-3)||116||3|
|7||Kutztown University (9-3)||78||6|
|8||Millersville University (6-3)||77||9|
|9||Bloomsburg University (7-3)||59||7|
|10||Limestone University (7-3)||19||Not ranked|
|10||Lindenwood University (8-2)||19||Not ranked|
|10||LIU Post (6-3)||19||10|