CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Ursinus College field hockey team is ranked 7th in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Preseason Coaches Poll announced on Tuesday.
The four-time defending Centennial Conference champion Bears received a total of 666 points in the poll, which was headed by reigning national champion Messiah. The Falcons garnered 45 of a possible 52 first-place votes and totaled 1,002 points.
NCAA runner-up Tufts collected 924 points and four first-place votes; the Jumbos were followed by Salisbury (816), Middlebury (792), Babson (700), TCNJ (673), Ursinus (666), Bowdoin (608), Franklin & Marshall (576), and Trinity (Conn.) (499) to round out the top-10.
Ursinus is one of three CC teams to appear in the first set of national rankings, joining No. 9 Franklin & Marshall and No. 16 Muhlenberg. In addition to league battles with those programs, the Bears will also challenge No. 1 Messiah, No. 6 TCNJ, and No. 20 William Smith. Season-opening opponent Rowan and Catholic, which Ursinus will meet on October 17, received votes, while Snell Cup rival West Chester is 7th in the Division II rankings.
The Bears welcome Rowan to Snell Field on Friday for a 7 p.m. season opener.