Boston College Picked First in Big East Field Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In the annual BIG EAST field hockey preseason coaches poll, Boston College, under the direction of Head Coach Sherren Granese (11th season, 86-104-6), was picked to win the 1997 regular season title.
The Eagles (22 points) earned three first-place votes, finishing just ahead of Syracuse (19 points, 2 first-place votes) and last season's BIG EAST champion, Connecticut, which garnered a total of 17 points, including 1 first-place vote.
Last season, Boston College finished 11-8 (3-2, BIG EAST), its third winning campaign in a row. With eight starters returning to action in 1997, including its three top scorers, the Eagles look to advance to the BIG EAST Championship on November 8 & 9, which will be held at their own Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Leading the talented cast of returners are junior midfielder Joy Ramsbotham (Melvin Village, N.H.) and senior forward Andrea Durko (Briarcliff, N.Y.), who combined for 64 points (28 goals, 8 assists) last season. Junior back Anne Marie Ambros (Bridgeton, N.J.), who scored 12 points in 1996, leads the defense.
1997 BIG EAST Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll 1996 Record Rank School Points Overall BIG EAST Finish 1. BOSTON COLLEGE(3) 22 11-8-0 3-2-0 tied 2nd 2. Syracuse (2) 19 9-10-0 3-2-0 tied 2nd 3. Connecticut (1) 17 21-2-0 5-0-0 1st 4. Providence 14 11-10-0 3-2-0 tied 2nd 5. Rutgers 13 9-11-0 1-4-0 5th 6. Villanova 5 7-13-0 0-5-0 6th * first-place finish in parenthesis