PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The consistently ranked BIG EAST field hockey trio landed in the top-10 of the Kookaburra/NFHCA National Poll for the third straight week. This is the sixth consecutive week the teams have been ranked as Connecticutsits at No. 5, while Louisvillejumps to No. 8 and Syracuse slips back to No. 9.
In fifth, the Huskies tallied 825 points with an 8-2 record this season. UConn has held the No. 5 slot for three straight weeks and has been ranked in the top-five five times this season. Connecticut went 0-1 last week, snapping its five-game winning streak by falling 3-2 in overtime Oct. 2 against then-No. 10 Louisville. The Huskies lead the BIG EAST with five shutouts and a 0.67 team GAA. They are second in the nation in GAA and shutouts per game with 0.50.
Louisville totaled 653 points, moving up two spots to earn the 10th position with an 8-3 overall record. This is the highest ranking for the Cardinals this season. They went 2-0 last week, beating No. 5 Connecticut in overtime 3-2. Louisville has outscored opponents 46-17 this season with 15 different players registering goals and nine players with more than two goals each. UofL leads the conference with a 3.89 scoring average and 4.18 goals per game, ranking fifth and fourth nationally in those respective categories.
Slotted ninth, Syracuse collected 605 points with a 7-4 mark for the 2010 campaign. The Orange went 1-1 last week, beating Providence 3-0 Oct. 2 for their fourth conference win before falling 2-0 to Massachusetts Oct. 3. SU is the only BIG EAST team without a loss in conference play this season. Syracuse has a scoring average of 2.54 and a GAA of 1.31.
The BIG EAST enters its fourth week of conference play as Georgetown travels to No. 5 Connecticut Oct. 9 for a noon start. Rutgers hosts No. 8 Louisville Oct. 9 at noon, while Providence squares off at Villanova for a 1 p.m. game. In ranked-opponent action this week, No. 5 Connecticut takes on No. 1 North Carolina Oct. 10 at noon. No. 8 Louisville travels to No. 3 Princeton Oct.10 for a 1 p.m. start, while No. 9 Syracuse travels to No. 18 Albany for a 2 p.m. game.