PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
For the sixth time in BIG EAST history, multiple teams have earned invites to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship. Following its BIG EAST Championship title, Connecticut (19-2) earned the league's automatic bid and will travel to College Park, Md. to face Drexel. Syracuse (17-3) received an at-large bid and will be making its first ever back-to-back appearance in the NCAA Championship following 2008's Final Four run. The Orange will travel to Princeton, N.J. to take on Boston College. All first round games are on Nov. 14, followed by second round games on Nov. 15.
No. 1 seed Maryland (20-0) will serve as one of four hosts of the first two rounds of the tournament. Maryland, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champion, will square off against American (12-8). Also in the bracket is Connecticut. UConn was paired with Drexel (18-3) who finished the year ranked 10th in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Coaches Poll. Drexel's most recent game was a 1-0 loss in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship final to Delaware on Nov. 8. This marks the second consecutive season the Huskies play their first round game at Maryland.
Connecticut faced Drexel in the regular season on Sept. 17. The Huskies earned a 5-2 win over the then-No. 12 Dragons, backed by three goals from sophomore Ali Blankmeyer and two assists from senior Loren Sherer.
No. 4 seed Princeton (14-2) is host in the second bracket and will face Stanford (16-4). Princeton will serve as the host for Syracuse's rematch against Boston College (13-6). The Eagles finished the season ranked ninth. In its most recent game, BC fell 4-3 in the first round of the ACC Championship to Wake Forest.
Syracuse faced Boston College in the regular season on Oct. 25. The Orange fell to the then-No. 10 Eagles 1-0 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The loss was one of only two regular season defeats for SU.
Wake Forest (12-6) will be the host in the third bracket where it will take on Indiana (14-6). Third-seed North Carolina (16-2) and Ohio State (13-6) also will play in Winston-Salem, N.C. All four teams in this section received at-large bids.
No. 2 seed Virginia will serve as host in the fourth and final bracket. The Cavaliers will face Richmond (13-8) who received a bid by virtue of a play-in victory over Ohio. Big Ten champion Michigan State (17-3) will take on CAA champion Delaware (14-5) also in Charlottesville, Va.
The semifinals and championship rounds will be held at Kentner Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest University on Nov. 20 and Nov. 22. The championship game will be televised on CBS College Sports Network at noon on Nov. 22.