The UMaine field hockey team will start the season ranked 25th in the nation in Division I. The Black Bears are one of three America East Conference teams in the preseason national ranking.FHCA

Stanford (AE-West) is tied for 15th in the poll. UAlbany AE-East) is ranked 21st.

UConn and North Carolina top the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.

Coach Josette Babineau and the Black Bears finished with a 12-6 record last year, sharing the regular season title. The Bears finished as the #25 team in the nation.

The season begins Friday with a non-conference home game vs Holy Cross.

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason National Coaches Poll
 Rank Institution (Record) Points (First place votes)
1 University of Connecticut 979 (19)
2 University of North Carolina 966 (18)
3 Duke University 908 (1)
4 University of Maryland 894 (4)
5 University of Michigan 837
6 Penn State University 778
7 University of Virginia 713
8 University of Louisville 708
9 University of Delaware 704
10 Princeton University 636
11 Syracuse University 613
12 Northwestern University 603
13 Boston College 531
14 Wake Forest University 432
15 Harvard University 395
Stanford University 395
17 James Madison University 316
18 Saint Joseph's University 311
19 Boston University 257
20 University of Iowa 216
21 University at Albany 211
22 College of William & Mary 200
23 Liberty University 143
24 Ohio State University 137
25 University of Maine 116