ROSEMONT, Ill. - The 2017 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Preseason Poll was announced on Tuesday and five Big Ten Conference teams were ranked among the top 20.
Defending Big Ten champion Maryland paced the conference teams, checking in at No. 6 in the opening poll. Defending Big Ten Tournament champion Penn State took the No. 7 spot, Michigan was 11th, Northwestern checked in at No. 14 and Iowa rounded out the list at No. 17.
The 2017 Big Ten field hockey season opens this weekend, with Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers opening on Friday and Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State starting on Saturday.
The complete 2017 NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll can here.