EAST LANSING, Mich. - The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) has announced its 2014 Preseason Poll, and Michigan State ranks 16th in the nation to start the year. The Spartans look to build on the 2013 season that included a Big Ten Tournament Championship and run to the Elite 8.
"Coming off of a successful 2013 campaign, we are looking to carry that momentum with us into 2014," said head coach Helen Knull. "Being recognized and ranked in the preseason top 20 is great for not only Michigan State, but also the Big Ten. However, we have to take each game at a time and stay focused. Where you finish the season is far more important than where you start. We are just excited to kick things off on Friday and officially begin the 2014 season."
The Spartans are scheduled to play eight of the 20 teams that appear on the preseason poll. Six Big Ten teams are ranked to start the season, including Maryland (1st), Penn State (8th), Northwestern (14th), Michigan (17th), and Iowa (20th).
Michigan State will kick off its season on Friday, Aug. 29 when it plays host to No. 4 Duke at 3 p.m. at Ralph Young Field.