Today in the BIG EAST- Tuesday, Aug. 31 A quick look at action around the league.
Four BIG EAST volleyball teams are slated to be on the court tonight at 7:00 pm ET. Pittsburgh looks for its first win of the young season as the Panthers travel to Kent State, while St. John's tries for its third straight victory as the Red Storm host Stony Brook in their home-opener. Also in action tonight, Georgetown makes the short trip to take on Towson and Villanova heads to Delaware. BIG EAST teams are currently 24-18 against nonconference opponents, good for a .571 winning percentage.
In field hockey action today, Providence will host No. 9 Boston College today at 7 p.m. This will be the Friars' first home game of the 2010 campaign. They are looking to bounce back, after losing the season-opener to Maine Aug. 27. BIG EAST teams are currently 6-6 in non-conference play and 0-3 against ranked teams, but 5-0 when playing at home.
1:00 p.m. ET update - Two women's soccer teams broke into the national polls this week as Cincinnati (3-0-1) and Louisville (3-0-0) entered the top 25. For the Bearcats, who are ranked No. 19 in the Soccer America top 25, it is their first national ranking since 2002.
"We are pleased to be recognized by the soccer community," said head coach Michelle Salmon. "However, it is still extremely early in the season. Like I said when the BIG EAST Preseason Poll was released, it doesn't matter where you start, but rather, where you finish. There are 19 steps to our regular season journey and we are focusing on the fifth step, preparing for the College of Charleston on Friday."
Louisville is ranked No. 23 in the Soccer America ranking, while Notre Dame (2-0-0) is the highest ranked league team at No. 4.
In the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/HendrickCars.com Poll, Notre Dame moved up to No. 3 and garnered one first-place vote. Georgetown (3-0-0) also is ranked at No. 22, while Rutgers (2-1-0) checks in at No. 24. Louisville and Marquette (2-1-1) also received votes.