Duke earns top seed for first time in program history
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke holds the top seed for the 2016 ACC Field Hockey Championship, set to begin Thursday, Nov. 3, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The Blue Devils (5-1 ACC), who have not been ranked lower than No. 4 in the NFHCA Poll this year, enter the ACC Championship as the No. 1 seed for the first time in program history. Duke, which has reached the national semifinals in two of the last three years, will get a bye in the first round and play the winner of North Carolina and Louisville on Friday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m.
The defending national champion, No. 2 Syracuse (4-2) will take on No. 7 Wake Forest (0-6) on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The Orange are currently ranked No. 3 in the NFHCA Poll, while the Demon Deacons sit at No. 16.
Third-seeded and 14th-ranked Boston College (3-3) will open championship play on Thursday at 4 p.m. against No. 6 Virginia (3-3), which is ranked No. 9 in the country.
No. 5 North Carolina (3-3), the defending ACC Champion and 2015 NCAA runner-up, will take on No. 4 Louisville (3-3) on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the opening game of the tournament.
The seven ACC field hockey teams have been ranked for the entire season, and five of the top nine ranked teams in the NFHCA Poll are from the ACC. Conference teams have combined to go a national-best 56-9 against the other leagues this season, and are 18-7 against ranked nonconference opponents.
ACC fans will be able to watch all six games of the championship as they will be televised live by the league’s Regional Sports Networks and will be available online and on mobile devices via WatchESPN.
Single-session tickets are available for $5 for adults. Youth under 18 and students from an ACC school with valid student identification can enter for free. Fan parking will be available on a first come, first serve basis, and fans are encouraged to utilize various visitor parking spaces around campus, including Lots M and C which are designated visitor parking lots.
Make sure to use the official hashtag, #ACCFH, and follow ACC Field Hockey on Twitter, @ACCFieldHockey, for news and updates during the championship.