April 10, 2014
Busy Weekend Ahead
The busiest weekend of the conference schedule thus far is upon us as all eight teams will play two BIG EAST games. Rutgers will enjoy back-to-back home games as it looks to snap a two-game losing skid on Friday against Marquette and Sunday against Georgetown. The Golden Eagles, Louisville and Cincinnati are all on the road for both weekend tilts. Connecticut and Louisville are riding hot streaks into Friday as winners of six and four straight, respectively. Both are 2-0 in BIG EAST play, while Rutgers and the Bearcats are still in search of their first league victories.
Countdown To Postseason
The BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Championship is three weeks from today as teams are battling for one of four spots to compete in Washington, D.C., May 1 and 3. FOX Sports 2 will air the final on May 3, live from Georgetown’s Multi-Sport Field at 2:30 p.m. The host Hoyas have qualified for the conference postseason tournament in all seven previous seasons, advancing to the final for the fifth time in 2013.
Of the 13 Division I conferences, the BIG EAST is one of just five to have all league members rank within the top 75 of the NCAA RPI. Of the five conferences in this category, the BIG EAST and the Atlantic Coast are the only two leagues with eight members, as the other three have just seven of six. Six of the eight BIG EAST teams have recorded wins over nonconference opponents with RPIs better than theirs. Georgetown leads the pack with two wins against higher-ranked foes. The Hoyas land at 23rd in the most recent NCAA RPI (April 7) and have knocked off Duke (No. 9) and Princeton (No. 14), both on the road.
Louisville is making a statement on the national scene as the lone BIG EAST team in both major polls. The Cardinals come in at No. 19 in both the IWLCA and Brine Media polls, while Georgetown is receiving votes in the coaches poll. Statistically, Louisville ranks in the top 10 in a pair of team categories, while Cardinal players are among the top 10 in four disciplines. UofL is the NCAA Division I leader in draw controls (16.91), led by Kaylin Morissette’s 8.73 per game, the country’s second-best average. Louisville’s Nikki Boltja is third nationally in goals per game (3.82) and sixth in points per game (5.0) to lead the Cardinals, who rank ninth among all Division I programs in scoring average (15.0). Connecticut’s Lauren Kahn (seventh in caused turnovers at 2.27) and Amanda Currell of Rutgers (eighth in percentage, .494) are also listed in the top 10 statistically.
Friday, April 11
Cincinnati @ Villanova , 4 p.m.
Connecticut @ Georgetown, 4 p.m.
Louisville @ Temple, 4 p.m.
Marquette @ Rutgers, 5 p.m.
Sunday April 13
Cincinnati @ Temple, Noon
Louisville @ Villanova, Noon
Marquette @ Connecticut, Noon
Georgetown @ Rutgers, 1 p.m.