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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The 2012 BIG EAST women's soccer Championship field has been set as Georgetown and Marquette captured the regular-season division titles and No. 1 seeds in the 10-team league tournament.
DePaul plays at Villanova in a first-round matchup, with the winner advancing to play Georgetown. Rutgers is at Connecticut in the other first-round matchup, with the winner moving on to face Marquette.
Notre Dame also earned a share of the National Division regular-season crown, but will be the No. 2 seed after Georgetown won a matchup between the teams on Oct. 12. The Irish will host Syracuse in the quarterfinals on Oct. 28.
USF will host Louisville in the final quarterfinal matchup on Oct. 28. The Bulls and Cardinals played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 30.
Georgetown (14-2-2, 8-1-1 BIG EAST) captured its first regular-season title winning the National Division and earning the No. 1 seed. The Hoyas were tied with Notre Dame atop the division with 25 points, but won a head-to-head tiebreaker with their 2-0 win over the Irish on Oct. 12. Georgetown is making its 10th appearance in the tournament and is 3-9-0 all-time. Sophomore Daphne Corboz leads Georgetown with league-highs of 38 points and 16 goals. The Hoyas earned a bye to the quarterfinals of the tournament and will host Villanova/DePaul on Oct. 28.
Notre Dame (12-4-2, 8-1-1 BIG EAST) earned the No. 2 seed in the National Division and will host American Division No. 3 seed Syracuse (9-6-2, 6-3-1 BIG EAST) on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. The Orange are making their sixth appearance in the tournament and are 2-5-0 all-time. The Irish won the tournament crown the last time the BIG EAST Championship was held in Storrs, Conn., in 2009. Notre Dame is making its 17th appearance in the tournament and is 36-4-1 all-time. The Irish have captured 11 BIG EAST Championship titles and is looking for their first crown since 2009. The Orange and Irish did not meet during the regular season.
Marquette (13-2-2, 9-0-1 BIG EAST) won its fourth straight American Division crown and is unbeaten in its last 11 games, tops in the BIG EAST. The Golden Eagles lead the league in scoring averaging 2.76 goals per game, while allowing just 11 goals, tied for the BIG EAST lead with Georgetown. The Golden Eagles are making their eighth appearance in the tournament and are 6-7-0 all-time. Marquette's best finish came in 2009 (with the tournament held in Storrs, Conn.) as they advanced to the title game, before losing to Notre Dame 2-1. This year, the Golden Eagles earned a bye to the quarterfinals of the tournament and will host UConn/Rutgers on Oct. 28.
USF (10-5-2, 6-2-2) is the No. 2 seed from the American Division and will host National Division No. 3 seed Louisville (10-4-3, 5-3-3 BIG EAST) on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. The Bulls finished with 20 points in league play and are keyed by freshman goalkeeper Christiane Endler. The rookie has posted eight shutouts in 17 games and ranks among the league leaders with a 0.81 goals-against average. Louisville's Angelika Uremovich ranks among the league's scoring leaders with 20 points, including nine goals. The teams met earlier this year on Sept. 30 in Tampa, Fla., and played to a 1-1 draw.
USF is making its fourth appearance in the tournament and is 3-3 all-time. Louisville is making its seventh appearance in the tournament and is 4-5-1 all-time. Last year the Cardinals advanced to the title game for the first time.
Villanova (7-8-3, 5-4-1 BIG EAST) makes its 15th appearance in the tournament and is 4-12-4 all-time. Villanova is the National Division No. 4 seed and will host DePaul on Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. The Wildcats won the tournament in 2003 and were the higher No. 4 seed with a 1.6 PPG average. DePaul (8-9-2, 3-6-1 BIG EAST) earned the final at-large seed and had the lowest PPG average (1.0) of the at-large teams. The winner advances to play National Division No. 1 Georgetown.
Connecticut (8-7-2, 4-5-1 BIG EAST) is the No. 4 seed from the American Division, with a 1.3 PPG average. UConn makes its 19th appearance in the tournament and is 20-14-5 all-time with a pair of BIG EAST Championship titles. UConn last won the tournament in 2004 and will host the Scarlet Knights on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Rutgers (12-6-1, 5-5-1 BIG EAST) is an at-large selection with a 1.5 PPG average. RU makes is 15th appearance in the tournament and is 3-13-3 all-time. The winner advances to play American Division No. 1 seed Marquette.
The 2012 BIG EAST women's soccer championship will culminate in Storrs, Conn., as host Connecticut will serve as the site for the semifinals and title game of the tournament. The semifinals are set for Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET. Both will be carried nationally on the CBS Sports Network. The title game is set for Nov. 4 at Noon and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network, as well as numerous regional sports networks, including SNY. The game also will be streamed live online for free at www.bigeast.tv
American Division Seeds
No. 1 Marquette
No. 2 USF
No. 3 Syracuse
No. 4 Connecticut (lower PPG average of the No. 4 seeds at 1.3)
National Division Seeds
No. 1 Georgetown
No. 2 Notre Dame
No. 3 Louisville
No. 4 Villanova (higher PPG average of the No. 4 seeds at 1.6)
At-large Rutgers (higher PPG average of the at-large seeds at 1.5)
At-large DePaul (lower PPG average of the at-large seeds at 1.0)