PROVIDENCE, R.I. - BIG EAST field hockey continues to be among the best in the nation with a consistent trio listed in the Kookaburra/NFHCA National Poll for five straight weeks. All remain in the top-10 this week as Connecticut and Louisville sit at No. 5 and No. 10, respectively, while Syracuse climbed one spot to No. 8.
In fifth, the Huskies tallied 859 points with an 8-1 record this season. Holding onto No. 5 for the second straight week, UConn went 2-0 last week, beating Providence 2-0 Sept. 24 and edging past No. 12 Boston College 2-1 in double-overtime play Sept. 26. The Huskies lead the BIG EAST with five shutouts and a 0.43 team GAA. They also lead the nation in GAA and shutouts per game with 0.56.
Slotted eighth, Syracuse collected 699 points with a 6-3 mark for the 2010 campaign. The Orange went 1-0 last week, winning its second BIG EAST contest of the season 4-3 in overtime against No. 10 Louisville Sept. 25. Syracuse has a scoring average of 2.75 and a GAA of 1.38.
Louisville totaled 552 points to earn the 10th position for the second consecutive week and is 6-3 overall this season. The Cardinals went 0-1 last week in a BIG EAST matchup, falling 4-3 to No. 8 Syracuse in overtime Sept. 25. Louisville has outscored opponents this season 33-11 with 12 different players registering goals. UofL leads the conference with a 3.72 scoring average and 4.00 goals scored per game, ranking sixth and fourth nationally in those respective categories.
Providence (2-7) is the only other BIG EAST team to receive votes in this week's poll. Collecting four points, this is the first time the Friars have received votes this season since the preseason poll.
The BIG EAST enters its third week of conference play as Rutgers travels to Georgetown Oct. 1 for a noon start. No. 10 Louisville hosts No. 5 Connecticut at noon Oct. 2 in a top-20 conference matchup, while No. 8 Syracuse travels to Providence for a 1 p.m. game. In other ranked-opponent action this week, Providence will host No. 17 Albany Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.