Sea Gulls hold steady at No. 1 in 2012 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Salisbury University field hockey team continues to hold steady as the No. 1 team in the nation for the third consecutive week, as the 2012 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.

After a week off from play, the Sea Gulls clinched 31 first-place votes and 976 points.

The only other team that held its spot is No. 2 Middlebury College, claiming 19 first-place votes and 945 points. The rest of the poll saw major changes after a week of upsets occurred for many top-ranked teams.

Bowdoin College jumped from the sixth slot to No. 3 while Montclair State University climbed to No. 4 after defeating previous-No. 3 The College of New Jersey, 5-1, moving up six spots. TCNJ is now ranked sixth.

Franklin & Marshall College upset previous-No. 7 Messiah College to move from No. 8 and enter the top five.

Dropping from the top five was the University of Mary Washington after a double overtime loss to previous-No. 13 Christopher Newport University. The Eagles now sit in the seventh slot while the Captains moved to No. 9. Skidmore College also moved from fourth in the nation to No. 11 after two tough losses.

Salisbury will enter back into play on Wednesday, Oct. 10, as it travels to Rowan University to finish a four-game road series. That contest is set to begin at 7 p.m.

The Sea Gulls will then return home to host Capital Athletic Conference rival No. 7 University of Mary Washington on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m., under the lights at Sea Gull Stadium.

To see the entire poll, click here.

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