Pace Field Hockey Earns Highest National Ranking Ever, Rises to No. 4 in NFHCA Poll
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – After earning a pair of victories last week to extend their winning streak to seven straight, the Pace University field hockey team has earned its highest national ranking in school history. The Setters, who are now 10-1 overall this season, climbed up four spots to No. 4 in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Poll release on Tuesday. Pace was also given one first-place vote, while receiving 122 total points. The Blue and Gold earned a pair of home wins at Finnerty Field last week, outscoring their opponents by a 6-2 margin. The week began with the Setters avenging their only loss of the season with a 4-1 win over Assumption on Tuesday. Pace was led by a pair of goals from Halley Rose (Dauphin, PA/Central Dauphin), while Samantha Gray (Greenlawn, NY/Harborfields) and Rachel Platko (Hanover Township, PA/Holy Redeemer) also recorded tallies for the Setters. The Setters then defeated Saint Anselm on Saturday by a 2-1 final, with goals courtesy of Lieke van Nieuwenhuzien and Sarah Bard (Mohegan Lake, NY/Lakeland). Grace Henderson (Kingswood, South Australia/Unley) was tasked with making just one save in 140 minutes of work in the cage last week. The freshman's goal-against average now sits at 0.49 on the year which ranks the best in the Northeast-10 Conference and second in the nation. The Setters, now a perfect 6-0 in NE10 play, will be back in action on Wednesday night at Southern Connecticut for a 7 p.m. contest.