PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three BIG EAST field hockey teams remain in the Kookaburra/NFHCA National Coaches Poll. This is the 10th consecutive week the teams have ranked in the top 15 with Connecticut and Syracuse holding the No. 4 and No. 7 spots, respectively, while Louisville slid to No. 12.
In fourth, the Huskies tallied 807 points with a 14-4 record this season. UConn has held the No. 4 slot four times this season and has ranked in the top five nine times. Connecticut closed out the regular season last week with a 6-0 shutout over Rutgers Oct. 30. The Huskies lead the BIG EAST with eight shutouts and a 0.80 team GAA. They are second in the nation in GAA and third in shutouts per game with 0.44.
Slotted seventh, Syracuse collected 694 points with a 13-4 mark for the 2010 campaign. The Orange finished the regular season collecting their fourth shutout of the 2010 campaign, defeating Villanova 2-0 Oct. 30. SU clinched the 2010 BIG EAST regular season championship for the third straight year. SU was the only BIG EAST team without a loss in conference play this season, going 6-0 for the second consecutive year. Syracuse has a 2.78 scoring average and a 1.5 GAA, which ranks sixth in the nation.
Louisville totaled 415 points, slipping to the 12th position with a 13-6 overall record. The Cardinals concluded the regular season falling 8-0 to No. 1 Maryland Oct. 30. UofL leads the conference offensively in scoring average (3.25) and goals scored (65). Louisville ranks ninth nationally in points per game (9.37), while ranking 12th in scoring average.
The BIG EAST regular season concluded last week and the BIG EAST Championship is right around the corner. The 2010 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship will see Syracuse, Louisville, Connecticut and Rutgers in Storrs, Conn., battling for the league’s tournament title. The University of Connecticut will host the single-elimination event with the semifinals Nov. 6 and the championship game Nov. 7. All contests will be held at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. All BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship action, including live stats, live streaming, recaps, highlights and box scores will be available online through Championship Central page.