MCLEAN, Va. – The University of New Hampshire athletics program has received high marks in the Capital One Cup standings as announced by the NCAA. On the men’s side, UNH ranks 16th (18 points) while on the women’s side, the ‘Cats are 32nd (2 points).
The men’s score was achieved due to the playoff run made by the Wildcat football team as it advanced to the national semifinals for the first time in program history. Football started the year off with a 1-3 record, the team won nine of its last 11 games of the season, including a crucial victory over No. 4 Maine to secure a spot in the FCS Playoffs for the nation-leading 10th consecutive year. UNH topped Lafayette in the first round of play while beating Maine on the road for the second time of the season in the second round and upending Southeastern Louisiana on the road in the FCS Quarterfinals. New Hampshire’s run came to an end after a loss to eventual national champion North Dakota State.
On the women’s side, a pair of automatic berths from the conference champion field hockey and volleyball helped UNH crack into the standings. After an undefeated season in America East Conference play (5-0), the field hockey team earned the first-seed in the conference championships, hosting the semifinals as well as the finals. In front of the home crowd, the Wildcats defeated defending conference champion Albany to receive a berth to the NCAA Tournament where the team ultimately fell at Duke.
Volleyball also enjoyed a successful conference run, posting a 12-2 record to earn the top seed overall for the conference championships and earning the right to host for the first time in 10 years. After a clean sweep of Stony Brook in the semifinals and a 3-2 set win over UMBC in the finals, the Wildcats were slated to play the University of Southern California in the first round. The team’s run came to an end after falling to the Women of Troy.
At the top of the leaderboard for the men, there is a three-way tie between FBS National Champions Florida State University (60 points), FCS National Champions North Dakota State, and the victors of the Men's College Cup Notre Dame. Michigan State (42) sits in fourth while Auburn (36), Maryland and CAA foe Towson are in a three-way tie for fifth. On the women's side, Penn State holds the top spot with 62 points after earning the NCAA Volleyball National Championship and finishing in the top-10 in field hockey.
UNH is the top school in New England in the standings on the men's side and on either side, it is the only member of the America East Conference in the standings to record points.
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