The 2010 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship heads to the campus of Rutgers University, 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.
The first round of the 2010 BIG EAST Championship is almost completed, with Providence, Marquette and West Virginia advancing to the quarterfinals. There is one first-round game that remains to be played with Connecticut hosting DePaul tonight. Cincinnati, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Louisville all received first-round byes. The semifinal and final games will be hosted at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Nov. 12 and 14.
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. No. 4 seed Rutgers meets top-seeded Syracuse at 11 a.m. ET followed by No. 2 seed Louisville battling No. 3 Connecticut.
There are just two weekends remaining in BIG EAST volleyball regular-season play and four spots in the BIG EAST Championship are still up for grabs. Louisville, Cincinnati, Marquette and Notre Dame have all punched tickets to Pittsburgh already, and will head to Fitzgerald Field House Nov. 19-21.
With the 2010 BIG EAST Cross Country Championship in the books, many of the league's teams will compete at NCAA Regionals held in various cities across the country. The BIG EAST enters the postseason meets with six teams ranked in the men's USTFCCCA top 30 and four ranked women's teams. Syracuse captured the 2010 men's BIG EAST crown for the second straight year, while Villanova claimed its third straight women's title. The Wildcat women remain No. 1 in the country after winning the BIG EAST Championship with a total of 26 points, the lowest point total since Villanova won with a score of 22 points in 1991.
Swimming and Diving
Eight BIG EAST Swimming and Diving teams competed last week as the season got under way with the season's first weekly awards being handed out. Notre Dame senior Amywren Miller captured the season's first women's Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week award, posting a pair of individual victories in the team's victory over Michigan State. Seton Hall senior Kevin Webster notched the honor for the men's side, winning three individual races at a quad meet in Baltimore on Oct. 30.