Three sports are in BIG EAST Championship action, and both women’s soccer and field hockey will crown a tournament champion on Sunday. Quarterfinal games for men’s soccer take place on Sunday, and both football and women’s volleyball have important regular-season match-ups.
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.
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.
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.
The 2010 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship heads to Piscataway, N.J., on the campus of Rutgers University for three games, with the semifinals set to begin on Friday, Nov. 5. For the first time since the advent of the conference’s 10-team format in 2005, the four remaining teams reside from one division, the league’s American Division. No. 1 seed Marquette will face No. 3 seed USF, while No. 2 seed West Virginia will face No. 4 seed Connecticut. Both games are rematches from earlier this season.
On Friday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. ET, Connecticut (10-8-3, 4-5-2 BIG EAST) will take on West Virginia (14-4-1, 9-1-1 BIG EAST) for the second time in two weeks as the teams met on Oct. 22 in Morgantown, W.Va. The Mountaineers won 3-0, but UConn leads the all-time series 11-3-3. West Virginia is the American Division No. 2 seed, while Connecticut is the American Division No. 4 seed. The second game on Friday is scheduled to kick off at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. Marquette (15-3-2, 11-0-0), the American Division regular-season champion and No. 1 seed will face USF (12-4-3, 6-3-2 BIG EAST), the American Division No. 3 seed.
All three contests of the Championship will be televised nationally on the CBS College Sports Network. In addition, the Championship Game will be shown live on numerous regional sports networks, including SportsNet New York (SNY) as well as onlineat www.bigeast.tv for free.
Men’s soccer has a first-round match on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. when Red Division No. 6 seed DePaul visits Blue Division No. 3 seed Connecticut. Saturday will the feature three quarterfinal matchups with one more being played Sunday, with the winners advancing to the 2010 Men’s Soccer Championships at Red Bull Arena Nov. 12 and 14.
Blue Division No. 5 seed Providence travels to Blue Division No. 1 seed Georgetown at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The two other games will take place at 7 p.m. as Blue Division No. 4 seed West Virginia travels to unbeaten Red Division No. 1 seed Louisville. Blue Division No. 6 seed Marquette heads to Blue Division No. 2 seed Notre Dame to round out Saturday action. The winner of the Connecticut and DePaul match on Friday night will travel to Red Division No. 2 seed Cincinnati on Sunday.
With Louisville, Cincinnati, Marquette and Notre Dame all clinching spots in the 2010 BIG EAST Volleyball Championship, four spots are still up for grabs to make the trip to Pittsburgh Nov. 19-21.
Friday has three 7 p.m. matches scheduled. Villanova hosts Notre Dame on Friday at 7 p.m. The Wildcats can clinch a spot in the Championship with a win in one of their two matches. Georgetown looks to keep its tournament hopes alive, taking on Connecticut at 7 p.m. USF sits in sixth place entering the weekend, and can grab two important wins, beginning with a match against St. John’s at 7 p.m.
Saturday has four matches scheduled, including No. 21 Cincinnati traveling to West Virginia. Syracuse makes the trip to Seton Hall in a very important BIG EAST match, as Seton Hall currently sits in eighth with a 5-5 record, with Syracuse in ninth at 4-6.
Sunday has a full slate of matches, with seven conference matches and one nonconference match. Notre Dame plays the lone nonconference match, hosting No. 13 Northern Iowa at 2 p.m. No.21 Cincinnati travels to Pittsburgh and Louisville is at West Virginia, as the Bearcats and Cardinals continue to battle for the regular-season crown.
Only one BIG EAST football game is scheduled for this weekend as Syracuse hosts Louisville for a noon ET game.
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