Only the ACC and Big Ten finished higher than America East in the RPI. The league improved one spot from last year's final ranking, jumping over the Big East and remaining above the competitive Colonial Athletic Association.
Four conference teams finished in the top 25, including 2011 America East Champion University of New Hampshire which is ranked 12. Other conference tournament participants Albany (14), Boston U. (17) and Maine (23) followed. All six teams landed in the top 50.
America East teams also made a mark in the final 2011 NCAA statistics. Maine finished first in Division I with 4.45 goals and 12.25 points per game.
Three America East field hockey players ranked among the top-10 national leaders in points. UNH senior teammates Hayley Rausch and Whitney Frates finished second and third with 2.82 and 2.71 points per game, respectively. Maine's Kelly Newton, who also topped the nation in assists with 1.25 per game, finished seventh in Division I with 2.55 points per game.
In net, Albany junior Kristi Troch earned a 1.34 goals-against average which ranked ninth in the country. Boston U. freshman goalkeeper Valentina Cerda followed in 10th with a 1.5 GAA. Vermont's Stephanie Zygmunt made 9.65 saves per game to rank third, while Cerda (eighth) and Zygmunt (10th) each finished in the top-10 with save percentages of .778 and .777