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Field Hockey Equals Highest National Ranking in Program History with No. 3 Billing

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – 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

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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