PROVIDENCE, R.I. – 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.
The first semifinal game Nov. 6 will pit Rutgers against Syracuse at 11 a.m. During the regular season, the Scarlet Knights fell 5-1 to the Orange at home. At 1:30 p.m., Connecticut and Louisville will face off in the second semifinal matchup for the third straight year. In their 2009 semifinal showdown, the Huskies shut out the Cardinals 2-0. During the 2010 regular season, Louisville earned a 3-2 overtime win at home. 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.
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).
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) in event play. The Huskies also own more championship crowns (11) than the other six league teams combined (seven), winning their most recent title last season.
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.
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.