Men’s Soccer Wraps up Regular Season
BIG EAST men’s soccer wraps up its regular season this weekend, with six games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. Louisville clinched the Red divisional title, earning a first round-bye. The Cardinals remain undefeated this season and are ranked No. 2/4 entering the final weekend before the postseason. Georgetown, winning its last nine games, clinched the Blue divisional title, also earning a first-round bye in the BIG EAST Championship. Notre Dame, No. 6/6 Connecticut, West Virginia and Providence also have clinched berths to the postseason in the Blue division, with Marquette and Pittsburgh vying for the final spot. Cincinnati, No. 24/NR USF, Villanova and St. John’s have tied up spots in the Red division, as Rutgers, DePaul and Syracuse all fight for the last berth to the championship.
Cross Country to Compete at Championships
The cross country season concludes this weekend as all 16 squads compete in the 2010 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships, hosted by Syracuse University at Jamesville Beach Park on Oct. 30. The women begin at 10:30 a.m. ET with a 6k race, and the men’s 8k race will follow at 11:15 a.m. ET. The No. 17 Syracuse men’s cross country team will look to defend its title from last year, as it is one of five teams to enter the meet ranked in the USTFCCCA top 30 (No. 21 Georgetown, No. 23 Notre Dame, No. 28 Louisville, No. 29 Villanova). The women’s field features some of the top teams in the country, including the nation’s No. 1 team in Villanova. The Wildcats are looking for their third straight BIG EAST title after winning not only the BIG EAST Championship, but also the NCAA Championship in 2009. The women’s field includes three other top 15 teams in Georgetown at No. 5, including Syracuse at No. 8 and Providence at No. 13.
Women’s Volleyball In High Gear
There are three teams at the top of the BIG EAST women’s volleyball rankings, each with only one loss: Cincinnati, Louisville and Villanova. There are key matchups this weekend that have BIG EAST Championship implications. Three teams including West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall enter the weekend with 4-4 conference records and tied for seventh place. Notre Dame head coach Debbie Brown was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame this week as a member of the 1980 United States Olympic women’s volleyball team.
Women’s Soccer into Quarterfinal Play
The BIG EAST women's soccer championship kicked off Thursday afternoon with a pair of first-round games. Both home teams prevailed as UConn beat Louisville 3-0 and DePaul held off Pittsburgh 1-0. With the wins, UConn heads to National Division No. 1 seed Notre Dame, while DePaul heads to American Division No. 1 seed Marquette. Both games will be played Sunday afternoon.
Other quarterfinal action on Sunday has National Division No. 2 seed Georgetown hosting American Division No. 3 seed USF. In addition, American Division No. 2 seed West Virginia will host National Division No. 3 seed Rutgers. All four games begin at 1 p.m. ET. The winners advance to the league's semifinals at Rutgers.
Field Hockey Gets Ready for Championship
Field hockey enters its final week of league play with three teams vying for the final spot in the BIG EAST Championship. Nationally ranked No. 4 Connecticut, No. 7 Syracuse and No. 10 Louisville have each clinched berths in the tournament. Syracuse and Louisville have earned the first and second seeds, respectively. The three conference match-ups this weekend will determine whether Rutgers, Villanova or Georgetown will qualify for the championship. Connecticut hosts Rutgers on Saturday at 1 p.m., while SU also hosts Villanova, also at 1 p.m. Providence travels to Georgetown Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. contest. The Orange have already clinched at least a share of the BIG EAST regular season Championship, but a victory Saturday would give them the regular season title outright, for the third straight year.