BIG EAST Olympic Sports Report

Three of the 10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Men's Soccer Finalists from the BIG EAST
Connecticut midfielder Tony Cascio, Louisville forward Colin Rolfe and Notre Dame defender Greg Klazura are all finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in men's soccer. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence- community, classroom, character and competition. A Preseason All-American, Cascio was named Preseason BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. As a junior, Cascio finished with 10 goals and six assists for 26 points and was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Rolfe currently leads the Cardinals in scoring after he was the second runner-up for the Hermann Trophy last season and the only finalist to return to the field in 2011. Klazura has started the last 30 matches at left back and has tallied five points on one goal and three assists during his career.
 
Kulla Selected as Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Women's Soccer Finalist
Marquette women's soccer senior goalkeeper Natalie Kulla also was selected as a finalist for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Kulla is one of 10 senior women's soccer student-athletes competing for the prestigious award.  MU's all-time shutouts leader and reigning BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, Kulla was recognized by CoSIDA as an Academic All-Region Second Team selection and by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as a Scholar All-Central Region First Team honoree, following the 2010 season. Kulla's 38 career shutouts also ranks second on the NCAA career shutouts list.

BIG EAST Volleyball Reaches Milestones
The Villanova, Seton Hall and Connecticut volleyball teams have each achieved milestones in the past week. Villanova Senior Kim Maroon reached 2,000 digs against Pittsburgh on Oct. 2, the first player in program history to do so. Seton Hall has won five consecutive matches and nine of its last 10. The Pirates' 3-0 start in BIG EAST play is the best since the 1992 season. Contributing to SHU's success is freshman Stacey Manthorpe, who posted the first triple-double in program history after recording 13 kills, 27 assists, and 10 digs at USF on Oct. 2. Connecticut senior Jordan Kirk reached the 1,000 kill plateau in a match against Syracuse on Oct. 2.

UConn, Syracuse Field Hockey Remain in the Top Five
Three field hockey teams remain ranked in the NFHCA Coaches' Poll. Connecticut and Syracuse keep their respective spots at No. 4 and No. 5 for the sixth-straight week, while Louisville fell one spot to No. 20. The Huskies, who are second in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, are one of only five Division I teams with one loss or less. UConn has compiled a 10-1 record this season. Syracuse junior defender Iona Holloway was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 27 for her efforts in victories over No. 19 Louisville and No. 17 Boston University. 
 
Women's Cross Country Remains Atop Polls
BIG EAST women's cross country teams continue to hold three of the top spots in the USTFCCCA Division I National Cross Country Coaches' Poll. No 1. Villanova is ranked just ahead of No. 2 Providence with No. 5 Georgetown rounding out the top-5.  Other teams ranked in the top-25 include No. 8 Syracuse, No. 19 West Virginia and No. 25 Notre Dame.
 
Men's Cross Country Has Four Teams Ranked in the Top 25
The BIG EAST men's cross country teams have four teams ranked in the top-25 including No. 16 Georgetown, No. 18 Villanova, No. 21 Syracuse and No. 24 Providence.