CHANDLER, Ariz. – The University of New Hampshire field hockey team received 205 points to make its debut in the 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll at No. 12 in the first regular-season poll that was released Tuesday. The Wildcats were listed as Receiving Votes in the preseason poll.
UNH (4-0 overall, 0-0 America East), under the guidance of 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci, opened the season on the road against (then) sixth-ranked Ohio State University and built a 3-0 halftime advantage en route to a 3-1 victory against the Buckeyes on Aug. 27. The Wildcats then dispatched Kent State University, 5-1, the following day.
This past weekend, the 'Cats upended Brown University, 5-0, in their Sept. 2 home opener at Memorial Field and then defeated Providence College, 6-1, on the road Sept. 4.
This is UNH's highest national ranking since the Sept. 29, 1998 poll, when the Wildcats were #10. In the 2010 season, UNH entered the national poll at #20 in late October and climbed as high as #19 the first week of November.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 10 at home against Rutgers University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.