EASTON, Pa.-- Lafayette garnered national recognition Tuesday when the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) released its weekly poll featuring Lafayette as No. 18.

Off to a 5-1 start this season, the Leopards have earned their first national ranking since 2002, due in large part to an upset victory against No. 15 Drexel on Saturday. Lafayette’s only loss this season came against Penn State in a 3-2 decision. Penn State is ranked sixth in this week’s poll.

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“It’s an early-season poll, but it is nice for our team to get this recognition for the extra work they’ve done and how they’ve played thus far,” head coach Andrew Griffiths said. “I am proud of our players and our team environment, but our expectations remain the same. We will always be looking for improvement.”

Ironically, a member of the 2002 squad has an impact again this season. Assistant coach Jennifer Stone played midfield from 2000-'03 and recorded 14 goals and 17 assists in '02.

"I'm happy for the team to get national recognition this week from the coaching community," Stone added. "It is a great step for the program and one that has taken hard work from many players over the past few years. Being a part of the growth and development of the program as both a player and coach over the past 10 years has been a great honor."