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Denison Tabbed First in NCAC Field Hockey Poll

Denison field hockey, the two-time defending NCAC champion, picked up 80 points overall for the top spot in the voting.
Denison field hockey, the two-time defending NCAC champion, picked up 80 points overall for the top spot in the voting.

NCAC Release

CLEVELAND, OH – The Denison Big Red were picked as the favorites in the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) field hockey preseason poll. The two-time defending NCAC champions picked up eight of the possible nine first-place votes and 80 total points via balloting of the league coaches.

Kenyon garnered second in the voting with 65 points overall. Wooster claimed third, just one point behind the Ladies while Wittenberg (50) took fourth and Ohio Wesleyan (49) rounded out the top five. Sixth went to DePauw (35) while Earlham (26) was slotted seventh, Allegheny (22) in eighth and Oberlin (14) in ninth.

Denison enters 2019 having won 26-consecutive league games dating back to 2017, an NCAC record. The Big Red ran the table last season with a perfect 14-0 conference record (18-3 overall) under NCAC Coach of the Year, P.J. Soteriades. Beyond the conference championship, Denison won the NCAC field hockey tournament and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. The Big Red return three all-conference juniors, including first-team defender, Abby Scully (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day School). A 2018 second-team selection as a midfielder, Charlotte Godfrey (Denver, CO/Cherry Creek) returns along with honorable mention forward, Charlotte Happel (Louisville, KY/Louisville Collegiate).

The 2019 NCAC field hockey season begins Friday, Aug. 30, with six non-conference contests while the first NCAC matchup will take place on Oct. 1 between Denison and Kenyon.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

 

2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

1.

Denison (8)

80

2.

Kenyon

65

3.

Wooster (1)

64

4.

Wittenberg

50

5.

Ohio Wesleyan

49

6.

DePauw

35

7.

Earlham

26

8.

Allegheny

22

9.

Oberlin

14