The North­eastern field hockey team’s spec­tac­ular 4–0 start has launched the squad into the Top 20 of the Kookaburra/​NFHCA National Coaches Poll, released ear­lier this week.

The Huskies are slotted at No. 18 after receiving 129 points. The achieve­ment comes nearly five years to the day since the last time the Huskies were ranked in the Top 20. On Sept. 5, 2006, North­eastern also came in at No. 18 in the national poll.

Two shutouts, including a 5–0 win over then-​​No. 13 Michigan State, pro­pelled the Huskies into the national spot­light.

This is the first time North­eastern has started a season 4–0 since 2004. That year, head coach Cheryl Murtagh led her squad to a 6–0 start en route to fin­ishing the season with an 18–4 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

So far this season, two juniors have led the way for the Huskies. For­ward Crystal Poland has notched two hat tricks in the last three games and leads North­eastern with nine goals in four games. Defen­sively, goal­keeper Lizzie Priest has been fan­tastic in the cage. She has earned two shutouts and made 30 saves thus far.

North­eastern will have two tough games on the West Coast this weekend, as the Huskies take on Cal­i­fornia tomorrow at 9 p.m. EST before facing No. 16 Stan­ford on Sunday at 4 p.m. EST.

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