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2014 ACC Field Hockey Championship
Courtesy: Sara D. Davis
Duke Listed 4th in Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Poll
Wednesday 08/26/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) released its 2014 preseason rankings Tuesday, Aug. 26, with Duke coming in at No. 4 on the initial Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I poll.

The Blue Devils were one of three ACC teams ranked in the top five, joining No. 2 North Carolina and No. 5 Syracuse. The conference was well-represented in the preseason poll with four teams listed in the top 10 nationally and all seven ranked within the top 15. Duke was picked to finish second in the ACC in the conference preseason poll, released Monday.

Head coach Pam Bustin’s squad is slated to face nine of the 20 teams ranked in the NFHCA preseason poll during the course of the fall, including No. 2 North Carolina, No. 5 Syracuse, No. 6 Virginia, No. 7 Princeton, No. 9 Old Dominion, No. 11 Wake Forest, No. 13 Boston College, No. 15 Louisville and No. 16 Michigan State.

The Blue Devils open the 2014 campaign Friday, Aug. 29 in East Lansing, Mich., against the Spartans. The squad will also face Central Michigan in East Lansing Sunday, Aug. 31 before returning to Durham for the home opener against Princeton Friday, Sept. 5.

2014 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll

Institution Points
1. Maryland 881 (22)
2. North Carolina 855 (8)
3. Connecticut 831 (14)
4. Duke 766 (1)
5. Syracuse 729 (1)
6. Virginia 572
7. Princeton 571
8. Penn State 552
9. Old Dominion 516
10. Massachusetts 406
11. Wake Forest 381
12. Stanford 366
13. Boston College 361
14. Northwestern 303
15. Louisville 258
16. Michigan State 216
17. Michigan 204
18. Delaware 194
19. American University 186
20. Iowa 173 (1)


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