PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Three BIG EAST field hockey schools remain in the top 15 of the 2010 Kookaburra/NFHCA National Coaches Poll with two receiving votes, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Despite slipping two spots, Connecticut took top honors for the conference at No. 6. Syracuse jumped back up to No. 8, while Louisville moved to No. 12.
In sixth, the Huskies tallied 774 points with a 4-1 record this season. UConn fell in the rankings after going 1-1 last week, picking up its first loss of the season against then-unranked Massachusetts 1-0. The Huskies rebounded, collecting their third shutout of the season Sunday in a 5-0 win over Albany. They have a scoring average of 2.40 and a 0.40 goals-against average.
Slotted eights, Syracuse collected 643 points with a 4-2 mark for the 2010 campaign. The Orange climbed in the rankings going 1-1 against two ranked opponents this past week. SU defeated No. 17 Old Dominion Saturday 3-1, before falling to No. 3 Virginia in a 2-1 overtime loss Sunday. Syracuse has a scoring average of 2.71 and a GAA of 1.28.
Louisville totaled 536 points to earn the 12th position, going 4-2 overall this season. The Cardinals went 1-1 last week with a 4-3 double-overtime loss to No. 12 Ohio State. They bounced back with a 2-0 win over California, recording their third shutout of the season. The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 20-9 with nine different players registering goals. UofL holds a scoring average of 3.07 and a 1.38 GAA.
Villanova and Rutgers also received votes in this week's poll. This is the second-straight week the Wildcats have received votes.
Conference play opens this week with three BIG EAST contests. On Sept. 17 Georgetown travels to Louisville for a 3 p.m. start, while Villanova hosts Connecticut at 7 p.m. Syracuse travels to Rutgers on Sept. 18 for a 1 p.m. game.