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Merrimack field hockey equals highest national ranking in history

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
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