The Orange (12-1, 4-0) dropped a 2-1 contest to UMass in Amherst , Mass., on Oct. 11. Top-ranked Syracuse was previously unbeaten at 12-0, its best record since making an NCAA semifinal run in 2008.
Freshman Alyssa Manley struck first for the Orange, scoring off a rebound in the 24th minute. Syracuse started the second half with the 1-0 advantage, but UMass evened the score 20 minutes later. UMass scored the go-ahead goal with seven minutes remaining in the contest.
CONNECTICUT REMAINS UNDEFEATED
No. 4 Connecticut is the only remaining undefeated team in Division I field hockey. The Huskies have five games remaining in the regular season, including conference opponents Georgetown on Oct. 13 and No. 1 Syracuse on Oct. 27. Connecticut has three top-25 nonconference opponents No. 13 Stanford on Oct. 14, No. 24 Boston College on Oct. 18 and No. 3 Princeton on Oct. 21.
LOUISVILLE, PROVIDENCE, VILLANOVA LOCKED IN CONFERENCE PLAY
Louisville, Providence and Villanova are all 1-2 in league competition going into the weekend. Louisville will travel to Rutgers for a contest on Oct. 12 while Providence and Villanova faceoff in Villanova, Pa., on Oct. 13. No. 4 Connecticut and No. 1 Syracuse have clinched conference tournament appearances with 4-0 records in conference play. Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers and Villanova are playing for the remaining two spots.
BIG EAST FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS NOV. 2
Louisville will host the 2012 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship at Trager Stadium. The top four teams, seeded by conference winning percentage, qualify. The first semifinal on Nov. 2 will feature the No. 1 seed and No. 4 seed at 5 p.m., followed by the matchup between the No. 2 and 3 seeds at 7:30 p.m. The winners will play in the final on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. For more information on the 2012 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship, visit Championship Central.