CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Salisbury University field hockey team climbed a spot in the national rankings this week, rising to No. 6 in the country, as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association released its latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches' Poll.
Salisbury split two games last week, topping Stevenson University, 5-1, before falling 3-2 to Messiah College, which climbed five spots to No. 3 this week.
Bowdoin College rose to No. 1 this week, earning 968 points and 13 first-place votes, while Middlebury College claimed 31 first-place votes and 949 points to drop to No. 2. Messiah collected 893 points and five first-place votes with Ursinus College (815 points and one first-place vote) and Franklin & Marshall College (787 points) rounding out the top five.
Salisbury picked up 680 points this week and is one of three programs in the poll representing the Capital Athletic Conference, joined by No. 14 Christopher Newport University and No. 16 University of Mary Washington.
Salisbury returns to action this Saturday, September 17 in the team's first home game of 2016, hosting Cabrini University in a match beginning at 6 p.m.
To see the NFHCA poll in its entirety, click here.