IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa field hockey team moved to No. 1 in the Week 4 Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings, it was announced Tuesday by the NFHCA. It is the first time in program history the Hawkeyes have been ranked No. 1 in the NFHCA poll.
Iowa received 26 first-place votes and 1,122 points, seven points ahead of Michigan (1,115), who held the top spot in the rankings for the past three weeks. The Wolverines had 20 first-place votes.
The Hawkeyes are undefeated at 10-0 to start the 2021 season, which is the best start for the program since 1999. Iowa has posted a school record eight consecutive shutouts dating back to Aug. 27 and have yielded just four goals this season.
The NFHCA (and the NFHCA national poll) was founded in 1997. It is believed to be the Hawkeyes’ first No. 1 ranking since winning the 1986 National Championship. Iowa finished atop the College Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.
The Hawkeyes return to action Friday, facing No. 6 Rutgers at 2 p.m. (CT) in Piscataway, New Jersey. Iowa will also face No. 7 Maryland on Sunday in College Park. The two games will be the team’s fourth and fifth consecutive contests against top-seven ranked opponents.