PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Syracuse, Louisville, Connecticut and Rutgers will meet on the University of Connecticut campus at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex to battle for the 2010 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship title in a single-elimination event Nov. 6-7 in Storrs, Conn.
The first semifinal game will pit Rutgers against Syracuse at 11 a.m. Nov. 6. SU holds a 17-6 all-time record against RU. During the 2010 regular season, the Scarlet Knights fell 5-1 to the Orange at home. This is will be the first meeting of the two in postseason action.
Syracuse earned the regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Championship for the third consecutive year, posting a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play for the second straight season. The Orange own the longest league winning streak with 14 wins, dating to Oct. 24, 2008. SU finished the regular season with a 13-4 overall record, including a league-high seven victories over top-20 teams for the second consecutive year. This is Syracuse’s 20th appearance in the BIG EAST Championship. The Orange have four tournament titles (1993, 1995, 2001 and 2008).
In the No. 4 spot, Rutgers advances to the BIG EAST Championship for the first time since 2003. The Scarlet Knights went 2-4 in league play and 8-11 overall, including five shutouts. Rutgers holds a 1-4 (.200) record in championship play over four appearances, finishing second in 1995.
The second semifinal matchup is slated for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6 as Connecticut and Louisville face off in the semifinals for the third straight year. In their 2009 semifinal showdown, the Huskies shut out the Cardinals 2-0. UofL fell 2-1 to UConn in the 2008 championships. During the 2010 regular season, Louisville earned a 3-2 overtime win at home. Connecticut owns a 9-2 overall record against Louisville.
After finishing 5-1 in BIG EAST play, Louisville takes the No. 2 position in the championship bracket. The Cardinals concluded the regular season with a 13-6 overall record, leading the conference in scoring average (3.25) and goals scored per game (3.42). UofL has advanced to the BIG EAST Championship every year since joining the league in 2005, but has yet to get a win, going 0-5 in tournament play.
Connecticut is seeded third, following a 4-2 conference mark and a 14-4 overall record, including a BIG EAST-best eight shutouts. The Huskies led the league defensively all season, finishing with a 0.80 goals against average. UConn leads the conference in BIG EAST Championship appearances with 21, going 28-9 (.757). The Huskies also own more championship crowns (11) than the other six league teams combined (seven), winning their most recent title last season.
The two semifinal victors will square off Nov. 7 at 1 p.m., battling for the BIG EAST Championship title and the automatic berth to the 2010 NCAA Championship.
All BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship action, including live stats, live streaming, recaps, highlights and box scores will be available through Championship Central at www.bigeast.org.