STOCKTON, Calif. - With the updated rankings released on Tuesday, the Pacific field hockey team finds themselves sitting at a national ranking of #24 and 17th in the RPI.
Pacific started out the season at #25 but then dropped out of the rankings after losses to then #5 Syracuse and #20 Harvard. This past weekend, the Tigers were edged by #2 Connecticut but bounced back and rolled over UMass Lowell, 5-2 and Sacred Heart 4-0.
Savannah Burns and Kriekie van Wyk lead the team with five goals each, which include van Wyk's hat trick against UMass Lowell. Rylee Comeau, Taylor Dempsey and Ash Rutherford each have added two goals for the Orange and Black. Leading the team in assists is senior captain Emma Leach with six followed by Rutherford with five and newcomer Nthabi Maine with three.
Their 3-3 record also sees the team at a program high 17th in the rating percentage index (RPI). PRI is a used to rank teams based on wins and loses and its strength of schedule. Out of all teams in the nation, Pacific is rated to have the eighth toughest schedule this season.
The Tigers next four of their five games are against ranked opponents going up against #12 Stanford, #18 William & Mary, #10 Boston College and #5 Virginia.
Pacific heads to #12 Stanford on Thursday and California on Saturday to open conference play. Thursday's match begins at 7 p.m. and Saturday's will start at 1 p.m. Live stream and live stats can be found at pacifictigers.com.