PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three BIG EAST field hockey teams remain in the Kookaburra/NFHCA National Coaches Poll. This is the 11th consecutive week the teams have ranked in the top 15 with Syracuse climbing to No. 4 and Connecticut slipping to No. 5, while Louisville slid to No. 14.
Slotted fourth, Syracuse collected 661 points with a 15-4 mark for the 2010 campaign. The Orange jumped three spots after defeating Rutgers 4-1 in the semifinals and Connecticut 1-0 in the final to win its fifth BIG EAST Championship tournament crown. SU also clinched the 2010 BIG EAST regular season title for the third straight year. Syracuse was the only BIG EAST team without a loss in conference play this season, going 6-0 for the second consecutive year. Syracuse has a 2.75 scoring average and a 1.00 GAA, which ranks fifth in the nation.
In fifth, the Huskies tallied 654 points with a 15-5 record this season. UConn has ranked in the top five 10 times. Connecticut was the 2010 BIG EAST Championship runner-up after beating Louisville 2-1 in the semifinal round and falling 1-0 to Syracuse in the final. The Huskies lead the BIG EAST with eight shutouts and a 0.82 team GAA. They are second in the nation in GAA and third in shutouts per game with 0.44.
Louisville totaled 290 points, slipping to 14th with a 13-7 overall record. The Cardinals fell 2-1 to Connecticut in the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Championship Nov. 6. UofL leads the conference offensively in scoring average (3.14) and goals scored (66). Louisville ranks 10th nationally in points per game (9.10), while ranking 11th in scoring average.
As winners of the BIG EAST Championship, Syracuse receives the league’s automatic bid to the 30th annual NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship with first round competition beginning Nov. 13 and 14 on campus sites. Connecticut and Louisville await the NCAA committee selection before continuing their seasons. The NCAA field hockey selection show is Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. on www.ncaa.org.