PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The consistently ranked BIG EAST field hockey trio landed in the top-10 of the Kookaburra/NFHCA National Poll for the fourth straight week. This is the seventh consecutive week the teams have been ranked as Connecticutremains at No. 5, while Louisvilleslips to No. 10 and Syracuse climbs back to No. 8.
In fifth, the Huskies tallied 721 points with a 10-3 record this season. UConn has held the No. 5 slot for four straight weeks and has been ranked in the top-five six times this season. Connecticut went 2-1 last week, including two dominating performances, beating Yale 7-1 on Oct. 6 and league foe Georgetown 9-1 Oct. 9. Connecticut fell 3-1 on Oct. 10 to No. 1 North Carolina. The Huskies lead the BIG EAST with five shutouts and a 0.89 team GAA. They are second in the nation in GAA and fourth in shutouts per game with 0.38.
Slotted eighth, Syracuse collected 581 points with an 8-4 mark for the 2010 campaign. The Orange went 1-0 last week, beating No. 18 Albany 2-1 in overtime Oct. 10. SU is the only BIG EAST team without a loss in conference play this season. Syracuse has a scoring average of 2.47 and a GAA of 1.28.
Louisville totaled 528 points, slipping two spots to the 10th position with an 8-3 overall record. This is the third time the Cardinals have held the No. 10 spot this season. They went 1-2 last week, shutting out Rutgers 2-0 Oct. 9, for the Cardinals' fourth shutout of the season. Louisville fell 3-2 to Indiana in overtime Oct. 5, marking the fifth overtime game for Louisville and its first loss to an unranked opponent. The Cardinals were held scoreless for the first time this season Oct. 10 in a 3-0 loss to then-No. 3 Princeton. UofL leads the conference with a 3.34 scoring average and 3.57 goals per game, ranking tenth and seventh nationally in those respective categories.
The BIG EAST enters its fifth week of conference play as Rutgers travels to Providence Oct. 16 for an 11 a.m. start. Georgetown hosts No. 8 Syracuse at 1 p.m. Oct. 16, while Villanova takes on No. 10 Louisville at 1 p.m. as well. In ranked-opponent action this week, No. 8 Syracuse takes on No. 20 Stanford Oct. 15 at noon. Rutgers also faces No. 20 Stanford Oct. 17 at 1 p.m., while No. 5 Connecticut hosts No. 4 Princeton Oct. 17 at 2 p.m.