New Hampshire field hockey enters NFHCA Poll

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire field hockey team entered the national rankings this week at No. 20 of the STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, which was released Tuesday.

New Hampshire, which was ranked for five weeks and peaked at No. 14 in 1999 and was No. 20 in this year's poll for one week, vaulted into the Top 20 following last week's runner-up finish at the America East Championships.

The top-seeded Wildcats, who were feted with Player of the Year (Jessica Russell) and Coach of the Year (Robin Balducci) honors by the conference, defeated Drexel University, 3-2, in overtime penalty strokes to advance to the title game. It was the New Hampshire's fifth consecutive victory, making it the longest win streak since the team won five straight in 1994. UNH then lost to second-seeded Boston University, 2-1, on the Terriers' home field to finish the season at 14-7.

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