In women's soccer action, five league games are on the docket, including an American Division tilt between UConn and Providence in Storrs, Conn. The Friars sit atop the division and have won three straight, while the Huskies are in third place having won four straight. The two New England teams have faced off 28 teams since the first meeting in 1983. UConn owns a 27-1 record with the lone defeat coming in the 1993 BIG EAST Championship.
Other women's soccer action on Friday has No. 7/11 Notre Dame at DePaul and No. 24/NR Rutgers at Seton Hall. St. John's travels to Syracuse, while Marquette is at USF. Two nonconference games also are on the schedule as Villanova hosts Monmouth and No. 15/20 Georgetown begins a West Coast trip at No. 11/12 Santa Clara.
Field hockey conference play opens this weekend with three BIG EAST contests. Today Georgetown travels to No. 12 Louisville for a 3 p.m. start, while Villanova hosts No. 6 Connecticut at 7 p.m. BIG EAST play continues into the weekend as No. 8 Syracuse travels to Rutgers Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.
There is one top-20 matchup this weekend as UConn takes on No. 14 Drexel Sunday for a noon start. The conference is 5-10 this season against ranked opponents and 19-20 overall.
With volleyball just a week away from opening up conference play, BIG EAST teams will play in their final pre-conference season tournaments this weekend. The weekend is packed with action, including 26 matches on Saturday alone. Cincinnati highlights play on Friday with a match against No. 5 Illinois in Louisville, Ky. Louisville will battle that same Illinois team on Saturday.
Friday also sees Pittsburgh host the Pitt Blue and Gold Tournament with a pair of matches against Robert Morris (3 p.m.) and Bowling Green (7 p.m.). Syracuse looks to remain unbeaten at the Kent State Tournament as the Orange faceoff with Louisiana-Monroe at 3 p.m. Notre Dame and USF also host tournaments this weekend. The Fighting Irish host the Notre Dame/adidas Invitational and the Bulls host the Hilton Garden Inn Tournament.
St. John's will be the third BIG EAST team to try to take down No. 2 Penn State on Saturday, as the Red Storm battle the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. at the Penn State Classic. West Virginia is on the west coast at the Fullerton Classic, playing a double-header against Yale and Penn. Notre Dame highlights Sunday's action with a match against No. 20 Dayton at 2 p.m.
Ten men's soccer teams are in action on Friday, all nonconference games. With just five squads competing on Saturday, nine teams will hit the pitch on Sunday, highlighted by Cincinnati at No. 1/1 Akron.
Last year, the Zips came to Gettler Stadium for the adidas Bearcat Classic. Though they left with a 3-0 win, Cincinnati kept within striking distance for most of the match, allowing two late goals in the last 10 minutes. And UC has experience in taking down top-ranked teams. Before last season's visit from Akron, the last time UC played a No. 1-ranked team, they upset Connecticut, 2-0, in 2005.