DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire field hockey team entered the national rankings this week at No. 20 of the STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, which was released Tuesday.
New Hampshire, which was ranked for five weeks and peaked at No. 14 in 1999, vaulted into the Top 20 following last week's 2-1 double overtime victory over then-No. 15 Boston University and a 6-2 win against the University of Vermont.
The Wildcats, who are atop the America East standings at 4-1 and are 9-5 overall, have defeated two other teams in this week's poll. They opened the season with a 4-3 overtime victory against No. 11 Kent State University. UNH also bested No. 18 Harvard University, 4-3. The 'Cats also beat then-20th ranked Drexel University (2-1).
All five of New Hampshire's losses were to Top 20 teams, including top-ranked Old Dominion, No. 8 Connecticut and No. 9 Massachusetts.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 17 against Providence College. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m. UNH then travels to Maine on Oct. 21 (12 p.m.).