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    'Cats Debut at No. 11 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Poll

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Tara Puffenberger, a third-team All-American in 2012, and the Wildcats open their 2013 season Friday.
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    Senior Tara Puffenberger, a third-team All-American in 2012, and the Wildcats open their 2013 season Friday.
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    Aug 27, 2013

    2013 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll (PDF)

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern's field hockey team is ranked No. 11 in the 2013 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll released Tuesday.

    The Wildcats are the third-highest ranked Big Ten team in the poll behind No. 6 Penn State and No. 9 Michigan. North Carolina enters the season as the nation's top-ranked team with Maryland, Princeton, Connecticut and Syracuse completing the top five.

    NU is coming off a 16-4 season a year ago, posting the program's most victories in 23 seasons. The 'Cats welcome back eight starters, including senior third-team All-American Tara Puffenberger and senior first-team All-Big Ten selection Nikki Parsley. Also returning are reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Lisa McCarthy and junior goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter who led the Big Ten with a 1.32 goals-against average last season.

    Northwestern opens its 2013 campaign at 11 a.m. Central time Friday at Providence. The Wildcats will also face 15th-ranked Northeastern on Sunday as well as UMass Lowell on Monday during its season-opening East Coast road trip.

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