F&M Rises to Second in NFHCA Poll
LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall has been ranked second in the latest Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll released on Tuesday afternoon. The Diplomats moved up one spot after being ranked third a week ago, jumping ahead of previously second-ranked Bowdoin.
F&M is one of just five teams to remain unbeaten after a 2-0 mark last week. The Diplomats put together important Centennial Conference (CC) wins over Johns Hopkins (2-1) and Haverford (5-0) to move to 11-0 overall and 6-0 in the CC.
Off to the best start in school history, the Diplomats lead the CC in eight team statistical categories and also rank top-ten nationally in eight categories. F&M sits atop the CC in scoring margin (3.96), scoring average (4.50), shutouts (7), goals against average (0.54), goals per game (4.55), goals allowed per game (0.55), assists per game (2.73) and penalty corners per game (13.36).
On a national scale, F&M ranks ninth in penalty corners per game, sixth in both points per game and save percentage, fifth in both scoring average and goals per game, fourth in shutouts and second in goals against average and scoring margin.
The Diplomats return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 11 for a top-five showdown with No. 4 Lynchburg. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm at Shenandoah.
Kookaburra/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll
1. Salisbury University (12-0)
2. Franklin & Marshall College (11-0)
3. Bowdoin College (8-0)
4. Lynchburg College (11-1)
5. Skidmore College (10-1)
6. The College of New Jersey (10-2)
7. Montclair State University (13-0)
8. Amherst College (7-1)
9. Messiah College (7-3)
10. Middlebury College (8-2)
11. Ursinus College (9-2)
12. Catholic University (9-1)
13. Tufts University (8-2)
14. Christopher Newport University (6-3)
15. Trinity College (CT) (7-2)
16. Rowan University (8-5)
17. William Smith College (11-2)
18. University of Mary Washington (11-3)
19. University of New England (12-0)
20. Juniata College (8-2)