CHANDLER, Ariz. – The National Field Hockey Coaches' Association released its most recent poll on Tuesday and the Salisbury University field hockey team retained its No. 2 national ranking for the third straight week.
The Sea Gulls (769 points, one first-place vote) were one of three teams to earn a first-place vote in the poll. Messiah College (838 points, 40 first-place votes) maintained its grip on the No. 1 ranking; the other team to receive a first-place vote was No. 3 Tufts University (737 points, one first-place vote.)
While there was no movement in the top three, a clash between Middlebury College and Bowdoin College in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament on Saturday – resulting in a Middlebury victory – dropped Bowdoin from the No. 4 spot last week to No. 8 this week. The Polar Bears received 482 points. The win lifted Middlebury (670 points) one spot, to No. 4, making room for The College of New Jersey (629 points) to move up a spot to No. 5.
Salisbury, the top-seeded team in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, is set to square off against fourth-seed York College of Pennsylvania at Sea Gull Stadium on Wednesday, November 2 at 6 p.m. When the teams met in regular season, the Sea Gulls came away with a 6-2 victory.
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