With field hockey season in full swing, teams begin to face more opponents and battle to find out who is best. While some teams fall occasionally, others continue to thrive. Things may change as the season continues, but right now, there are three teams in the top five that remain undefeated as of Sept. 4.
No. 2 Syracuse
Currently 4-0, Syracuse faced a single ranked team out of these opponents. On neutral ground, the Orange allowed No. 6 Maryland to score a single goal while it posted a total of four for the afternoon. Otherwise, Syracuse topped Temple with a score of 8-0, Liberty with a score of 3-2 and Hofstra with a score of 5-1. However, this powerhouse team goes on to face much more difficult challengers in the weeks to come, including ACC rivals Boston College and North Carolina. Will Cuse be able to keep its win streak alive?
That'll do it for the Orange's 4-game road trip to start the year. Catch them next Friday at Coyne!!! pic.twitter.com/sFTGNN6pMF— Orange Field Hockey (@CuseFH) September 4, 2016
No. 3 Connecticut
UConn has already picked up a 3-0 record with wins over No. 11 Stanford, Pacific and Drexel with scores of 2-1, 5-2 and 7-2, respectively. The Huskies’ schedule looks to be a bit less challenging than Syracuse’s. However, UConn does go on to face ranked schools like Virginia, Maryland and Boston College, each of which could stop its win streak.
No. 4 Duke
With contests against William & Mary, No. 13 Liberty, No. 6 Maryland and No. 16 Northwestern, one might think Duke would have fallen by now. However, the Blue Devils posted scores of 8-4, 4-0, 1-0 and 3-2, respectively, against these teams, and they move on to face high ranked adversaries in the weeks to come. These include No. 5 Virginia, No. 19 James Madison, No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Syracuse. With this lineup, many may question if Duke will make it without posting at least one loss.