SU: Field Hockey featured in debut 2022 rankings

The Shippensburg University field hockey team is among those listed in the first edition of the 2022 NCAA Atlantic Region rankings released Wednesday. The NCAA regional rankings are annually used to determine the teams that qualify for the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships.

Rankings will be released every Wednesday afternoon until the announcement of the tournament field, which is set for 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. Each set of rankings includes all games played through the previous Sunday, meaning that results of yesterday’s games (including Kutztown’s win over East Stroudsburg) will not be factored in until next week.

For the initial rankings released today, the teams are simply listed in alphabetic order and not by rank. Next week’s edition will feature the teams in ranked order.

Three teams from each of the two regions (Atlantic, East) will advance to the 2022 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships following the completion of the regular season and respective conference championships. Conference champions (PSAC, NE-10, SAC) do not receive automatic berths into the NCAA Tournament.

Upon selection, the six qualifying teams will be re-seeded No. 1 through No. 6 without consideration for region.

Shippensburg is in the Atlantic Region, which is comprised of all field hockey teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) as well as Frostburg State and Maryville – a total of 21 squads. The East Region is comprised of all 14 field hockey teams that compete in the Northeast-10 Conference.

2022 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships Facts

• The announcement of the tournament field is set for Monday, November 21, at 3 p.m. via webcast on ncaa.com.

• The regional rankings committees are tasked with assigning teams based on the following criteria, per the NCAA pre-championship manual: Division II in-region winning percentage; Division II winning percentage; Division II strength of schedule (opponents’ average winning percentage and opponents’ opponents’ average winning percentage); Division II head-to-head competition and results versus Division II common opponents. Additional criteria specific to field hockey includes: late-season performance (last seven games of season), Performance Indicator (PI) and Rating Percentage Index (RPI).

• The NCAA Quarterfinals (No. 3 seed vs. No. 6 seed; No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed) will be held on Sunday, Nov. 27. The higher seed is slated to host each quarterfinal pending it meets the requirements defined by the NCAA.

• It will be a quick turnaround for the winners, as the NCAA Semifinals will be held at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Renton Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington.

• The NCAA Division II Championship game will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Renton Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington.

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