Entering Big Ten play this week and sitting at 5-0 on the season, the Michigan State field hockey team jumped into the Top-25 of the NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, the organization announced Tuesday.
The Spartans land at No. 25 in the latest rankings, the first time the program has been nationally ranked in over 23 months. The most recent appearance by Michigan State in the national rankings was Oct. 1, 2019 at No. 24.
Michigan State received 141 points in the weekly poll, capturing one first-place vote.
MSU is coming off a 7-1 victory over Ball State on Sunday, continuing the program’s best start since a 7-0 opening stretch in 2010.
The Green and White’s resume this season includes a 3-1 season-opening victory against Kent State (currently ranked No. 23) and shutouts over Saint Louis, Northeastern and Ohio.
Junior Merel Hanssen leads the team with 10 points, while senior Cara Bonshak is right behind her with eight points. Freshman Ellie Rutherford has also been a highlight for the Spartans, as a four-point performance against Ball State propelled her to Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on Monday.
The Spartans will host No. 24 Ohio State in their Big Ten opener on Friday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m., before turning around to play Central Michigan in a non-conference meeting on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. Both contests will be at Ralph Young Field.