Top Ranked Field Hockey Learns Fate Tonight

November 12, 2002
By ODU Athletics

Nov. 12, 2002

NORFOLK, VA - The Old Dominion field hockey team, ranked number one in the most recent and final NFHCA Poll released on Tuesday morning, will find out where and who their opponent in the NCAA Tournament will be tonight at 8:00 p.m. Fans can watch the selection show live from the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana by logging on to www.ncaachampionships.com.

The Lady Monarchs (19-3) received 476 points and 20 first place votes in their fourth week at number one in the STX/NFHCA Poll. Wake Forest (16-2), who claimed the ACC Championship title over the weekend with a victory over Maryland, moved up to second place with 457 points and four first place votes. Michigan State (21-2) jumped from fifth to third with 432 points after defeating Michigan in the BIG 10 final. The Wolverines of Michigan (18-3) dropped from second to fourth with 401 points and the Terrapins (16-4) slid down a spot to number five with 385 points.

Representing the CAA, James Madison (13-8), who fell to Old Dominion 14-1 in the CAA semifinals, ranks 12th and William and Mary, who dropped a 2-0 decision to the Lady Monarchs in the CAA final, moved up to 16th. Delaware (10-10) received votes for the second straight week.

Other opponents Old Dominion has faced this season ranked in the final poll include #6 Penn State, #7 Kent State, #9 Princeton, #10 Duke, and #13 UNC.

This week's poll is the final NFHCA Poll of the 2002 season. The STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll has no bearing on selection to the 2002 NCAA Championship field.

The Lady Monarchs captured their seventh straight and 11th overall CAA Championship Title over the weekend. Old Dominion will be appearing in their 22nd straight NCAA Tournament and has won nine NCAA Championship Titles.

To view tonight's selection show log onto www.ncaachampionships.com. Real Player or Media Player is required to view the show.

STX/NFHCA DIVISION I NATIONAL COACHES POLL
Institution (record)PointsPrevious Ranking
1. Old Dominion University (19-3)476 (20)1
2. Wake Forest University (16-2)457 (4)3
3. Michigan State University (21-2)4325
4. University of Michigan (18-3)4012
5. University of Maryland (16-4)3854
6. Penn State University (16-4)3576
7. Kent State University (16-6)3239
8. Northeastern University (17-4)3117
9. Princeton University (11-6)25511
10. Duke University (13-8)25012
11. University of Louisville (13-8)2338
12. James Madison University (13-8)19110
13. University of North Carolina (9-11)13513
14. Harvard University (12-5)12017
15. University of Connecticut (15-7)115Not ranked
16. College of William & Mary (12-8)11320
17. Central Michigan University (14-7)10116
18. Boston College (15-6)8615
Tie. Lafayette College (19-2)8618
20. University of Iowa (9-8)8314

Also Receiving Votes: University of California, Berkeley (38), Ohio University (27), Boston University (22), University of Richmond (21), University of Delaware (6), University of Maine (6), University of New Hampshire (4), Villanova University (4), Ohio State University (2).

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