BIG EAST Notes in PDF
Heading into the final weekend of the women's lacrosse regular season, two of the four spots in the BIG EAST Championship have been secured. Syracuse and Connecticut have both wrapped up berths in the tournament, but neither has locked in a seed. Either could end up at No. 1.
Three teams are in the hunt for the final two tournament spots: Georgetown, Loyola and Notre Dame. The Hoyas (5-1 BIG EAST) and Greyhounds (5-1 BIG EAST) have the inside track needing just one win to secure a berth.
Notre Dame remains in contention for a spot in the league tournament but needs help as the Irish have finished conference play and hold a record of 5-3. In short, Georgetown needs to lose twice this weekend for the Irish to remain in contention (GU is home against UConn and Syracuse). Notre Dame holds a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Hoyas thanks to a 13-12 victory on April 14.
The Irish also would need Loyola to win at least one game get to six wins and remain out of the tiebreaker. Loyola holds a head-to-head advantage over the Irish following a 14-13 double overtime win on April 12.
A three-way tie between Notre Dame, Georgetown and Loyola would be decided by conference game goal-differential (max of seven per contest). A complete breakdown of the league's tie-breaking procedures can be found here on page 115.
Notre Dame was in action on Wednesday and lost to No. 4/4 Northwestern at home 10-8.
The BIG EAST Championship will be held May 2 & 4 on the campus of Georgetown University. The semifinals are set for May 2 and will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET, with the second game to follow at approximately 7:45 p.m. ET. Both contests will be streamed live online for free at www.bigeast.tv
The title game of the BIG EAST Championship will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. ET. (DirecTV channel 613)
Fri. 26 VILLANOVA at CINCINNATI 4 p.m.
17/16 CONNECTICUT at 8/7 GEORGETOWN 4 p.m.
RUTGERS at LOUISVILLE 5 p.m.
5/5 SYRACUSE at 12/17 LOYOLA 7 p.m.
Sat. 27 Marquette at 9/10 Notre Dame 1 p.m.
Sun. 28 RUTGERS at CINCINNATI 1 p.m.
17/16 CONNECTICUT at 12/17 LOYOLA 1 p.m.
VILLANOVA at LOUISVILLE 1 p.m.
5/5 SYRACUSE at 8/7 GEORGETOWN 1 p.m.
Conclusion of the regular-season
All times are Eastern and subject to change
BIG EAST Conference Games in CAPS