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
 RankInstitution (Record)Points (First place votes)
1University of Connecticut979 (19)
2University of North Carolina966 (18)
3Duke University908 (1)
4University of Maryland894 (4)
5University of Michigan837
6Penn State University778
7University of Virginia713
8University of Louisville708
9University of Delaware704
10Princeton University636
11Syracuse University613
12Northwestern University603
13Boston College531
14Wake Forest University432
15Harvard University395
Stanford University395
17James Madison University316
18Saint Joseph's University311
19Boston University257
20University of Iowa216
21University at Albany211
22College of William & Mary200
23Liberty University143
24Ohio State University137
25University of Maine116