Field hockey ranked seventh in NFHCA Preseason National Coaches Poll

GILBERT, Ariz.– The Saint Anselm College field hockey team was ranked seventh in NCAA Division II, according to the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Preseason National Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. The Hawks kick off their 2018 season this Friday, Aug. 31 at Bellarmine in Louisville, Ky.

LINK: Shippensburg University takes top spot in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Preseason National Coaches Poll

Tuesday's reveal marks the 20th-consecutive week that the Hawks have been nationally ranked, dating back, dating back to Sept. 13, 2016. The highest-ever ranking for the field hockey program is third, accomplished six times during the lengthy streak.

Saint Anselm racked up 136 total points to place seventh in the 10-team poll. Shippensburg and East Stroudsburg were ranked first and second, respectively, with Northeast-10 Conference foe LIU Post ranked third. Stonehill was the only other NE10 opponent ranked ahead of Saint Anselm as Merrimack was slated ninth.

In the NE10 Preseason Coaches' Poll revealed earlier in the month, LIU Post was ranked third behind Saint Anselm despite claiming the league championship last year. The Hawks were voted second out of 14 programs, receiving 154 points and five first-place votes. 

Saint Anselm is coming off a 17-3 season that saw the Hawks host a first round NCAA Tournament game for the second-straight year and win their second consecutive Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship with an 11-1 record against league opponents. 

Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille, the reigning NE10 Coach of the Year, has also helped Saint Anselm to a strong 29-4 overall record at Grappone Stadium across the previous three campaigns.