SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Syracuse field hockey team's preseason is now in full swing! The Orange have about a week of practices in the books now and compete in their second preseason scrimmage on Tuesday. Cuse TV stopped by practice to see how things are going for the team that finished last season ranked No. 2 in the country in the final coaches poll.
8/27/2014 1:59:00 PM Syracuse, N.Y. – The Syracuse field hockey team will enter the 2014 campaign ranked fifth in the nation.
The Orange open the season at No. 5 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Poll for the second-straight season, after finishing the 2013 season at No. 2 following a 16-4 record in its first year in the ACC.
Maryland topped the poll with 881 points, followed by North Carolina (855), UConn (831), Duke (766) and Syracuse (729). Virginia (572), Princeton (571), Penn State (552), Old Dominion (516) and UMass (406) round out the top-10.
'Cuse was also one of five schools to receive a first place vote.
The ranking extends SU's streak to 65-straight weeks in the top-10 of the NFHCA poll, dating back to Aug. 28, 2008.
The Orange's 2014 schedule features a host of teams in the preseason top-20 including: No. 2 North Carolina, No. 4 Duke, No. 6 Virginia, No. 7 Princeton, No. 10 Massachusetts, No. 13 Boston College and No. 16 Louisville.
The Orange will kick off the season on Friday at Ohio State at 3 p.m., as part of a swing of four games in five days throughout Ohio. Syracuse will then take on Miami (OH) Aug. 30, at Ohio Sept. 1 and at Kent State Sept. 2.
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9/16/2014 11:53:00 AM SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse University field hockey team was ranked No. 4 in the nation in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, the NFHCA announced on Tuesday. This marks the highest the squad has been ranked during the 2014 season.
Syracuse holds a 6-1 overall record and has been ranked in the top five of the coaches' poll in every ranking release to date this season. SU is one of four ACC teams ranked in the top five and one of eight conference teams to appear in the national poll.
The Orange will host No. 11 Boston College in its next game. This will mark the second consecutive game SU will face a top-15 ACC opponent. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at J.S. Coyne Stadium.