As the calendar flips into October, the BIG EAST conference schedule heats up with numerous games in every sport this weekend.
Volleyball has 15 matches tabbed for this weekend, including six on Friday. All of Friday's matches will have 7 p.m. ET starts. No. 22 Cincinnati brings its 2-0 conference record into Carnesecca Arena and a battle with St. John's. Friday also pits a pair of teams with perfect conference records, as Notre Dame travels to Tampa, Fla., to take on USF. The Irish currently have a 17-match conference regular-season winning streak, the ninth longest active streak in the country.
Also in action on Friday will be Connecticut hosting Louisville, Villanova welcoming Marquette, Georgetown taking on DePaul and Rutgers hosting Pittsburgh.
Saturday has a pair of contests, with West Virginia hosting Seton Hall in the only conference match. Marquette travels to Penn in nonconference action. Seven more conference matches are slated for Sunday. Connecticut hosts No. 22 Cincinnati at 1 p.m. in Storrs. Conn. The other six matches all have 2 p.m. starts, including USF and DePaul, Louisville at St. John's, Notre Dame at Georgetown, Pittsburgh at Seton Hall and West Virginia at Rutgers. Also, Villanova, who has a 12-match winning streak entering the weekend, welcomes 18-1 Syracuse.
There are three BIG EAST field hockey matchups this weekend, including today's noon game between Rutgers and Georgetown. No. 10 Louisville hosts No. 5 Connecticut at noon Saturday in a top-20 conference contest, while No. 8 Syracuse travels to Providence for a 1 p.m. game.
Sunday's field hockey action is slated with six nonconference matchups. Georgetown takes on Richmond at noon, while No. 10 Louisville hosts Saint Louis at 1 p.m. No. 17 Albany travels to Providence, while Lafayette hits the road for Rutgers both with 2 p.m. starts. No. 8 Syracuse squares off with Massachusetts at 2 p.m. Villanova closes out the weekend hosting La Sall at 6 p.m.
Cross country has a busy weekend with BIG EAST teams competing in six different meets throughout the country. Cincinnati will be the lone BIG EAST squad at the All-Ohio meet in Cedarville, Ohio on Friday. DePaul competes in the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago, Ill, while Louisville races in the Greater Louisville Classic, hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission. Both of those are Saturday meets.
Three teams, including Marquette, Syracuse and the Providence men's team will compete at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., on Saturday. Three more BIG EAST squads will take part in the Notre Dame Invitational, featuring host Notre Dame, Villanova and West Virginia, along with many nationally ranked cross country teams. Finally, four teams will be in the mix at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh, with Georgetown, Pittsburgh, St. John's and USF all racing.
Men's soccer has eight matches this weekend, with seven on Saturday. Highlighting the action on Saturday will be No. 6/11 Louisville hosting No. 18/22 St. John's in a battle of top 25 teams at 7 p.m. Newly ranked No. 21/19 West Virginia hits the road to take on Georgetown at 1 p.m. Other matchups are Pittsburgh travling to Seton Hall, DePaul hosting Villanova, Cincinnati welcoming Rutgers and Marquette hosting No. 3/4 Connecticut. The long game on Sunday will be Notre Dame and Providence in Notre Dame, Ind. at 2:30 p.m.
On the gridiron, Connecticut hosts SEC foe Vanderbilt in the BIG EAST Network Game of the Week in East Hartford, Conn., at noon. Four other BIG EAST teams will also be on the field on Saturday, with Rutgers hosting Tulane, Pittsburgh welcome Florida International, Louisville traveling to Arkansas State and USF battling intra-state opponent Florida Atlantic.
All 16 women's soccer teams hit the pitch on Friday with eight league games on the schedule. Providence is at Seton Hall, while USF is at Georgetown. Marquette is at Villanova and St. John's heads to DePaul. Later this evening, Louisville hosts Pittsburgh, Rutgers hosts Connecticut, Cincinnati hosts West Virginia and Notre Dame hosts Syracuse.