DURHAM, N.C. - The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) released its preseason rankings today with Duke tabbed 5th on the initial 2012 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll.
The ACC was well represented on the NFHCA Preseason Poll with all six schools ranked in the top-20. Maryland and North Carolina finished one-two at the top of the list while Virginia was ranked eighth, Wake Forest 13th and Boston College 14th.
Other preseason accolades include junior Emmie Le Marchand being selected to the Preseason All-ACC team, while the league's six head coaches picked Duke to finish fourth in the ACC this season.
The 2012 season begins this weekend as the Blue Devils travel to No. 24 Drexel for a 7 p.m. contest Friday, Aug. 24. Duke is also set to face Temple on Sunday, Aug. 26 in a 1 p.m. bout from Philadelphia, Penn.
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