PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Three BIG EAST schools remain in the top 15 of the 2010 Kookaburra/NFHCA Preseason Poll with one receiving votes, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association today. Connecticut took top honors for the conference again, climbing one spot to No. 4. Syracuse slipped one slot to No. 9, while Louisville jumped to No. 11.
In fourth, the Huskies tallied 657 points. UConn is 3-0 this season, posting two shutouts. Last week, the Huskies faced their first ranked opponent of the 2010 campaign, defeating then No.18 Penn State 2-1. Penn State also advanced in the national rankings, moving to No. 16. Connecticut has a scoring average of 2.33 and a 0.33 goals-against average.
Slotted ninth, Syracuse collected 439 points. The Orange hold a 3-1 mark for the 2010 campaign, including last week's two overtime contests. SU faced its first top-20 team Friday in the 2-1 overtime win against then No. 14 Ohio State. Syracuse has a scoring average of 3.08 and a GAA of 1.18.
Louisville totaled 412 points to earn the 11th position. The Cardinals are also 3-1 this season after beating a pair of ranked opponents last week in No. 12 James Madison and No. 15 American. The Cards have outscored their opponents 15-5 with seven difference players registering goals. UofL holds a scoring average of 3.51 and a 1.17 GAA.
Villanova was the only other BIG EAST school to receive votes in this week's poll.
The BIG EAST went 7-6 (.538) during its second week of play in the 2010 season, while facing five ranked opponents. The conference went 4-1 against Top 20 teams last week, after going 0-3 the week before. The conference is now 4-4 (.500) this season against ranked opponents and 13-12 (.520) overall.