Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships Held This Weekend
After two months of competition, the BIG EAST cross country season comes to an end this weekend as all 16 schools travel to Louisville, Ky., for the 2011 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships. The meet will be held on Oct. 29 at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, hosted by the University of Louisville. The men kick things off at 11:00 a.m. ET with an 8k race, and the women's 6k race will follow at 11:50 a.m. ET. The Syracuse men's team is looking for its third consecutive championship after claiming back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Providence senior Lee Carey took home the individual title at last year's championship. Three men's teams are ranked in the top 30 including No. 14 Providence, No. 16 Villanova and No. 29 Notre Dame. The women's field features some of the top teams in the country, including No. 4 Villanova, No. 6 Georgetown, No. 7 Providence and No. 9 Syracuse. The Wildcats are looking for their fourth straight BIG EAST title after winning not only the BIG EAST Championship, but also the NCAA Championship in 2009 and 2010.
Women's Soccer in the Midst of BIG EAST Championship Play
In women's soccer action this weekend, the BIG EAST Championship hits quarterfinal play on Sunday with eight teams on the field. Following exciting wins on Thursday, Providence and Seton Hall both advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in years. The Friars won their first league tournament match since 1993 and will travel to National Division No. 1 seed Louisville. The Pirates won their first league tournament match since 1999 and will travel to American Division No. 1 seed West Virginia. Also on Sunday, National Division No. 2 seed Georgetown hosts American Division No. 3 seed Syracuse, while American Division No. 2 seed Marquette host National Division No. 3 seed Notre Dame.
Field Set for Field Hockey Championship
All four berths to the 2011 BIG EAST field hockey Championship have been captured. Connecticut, Syracuse, Villanova, and Louisville will be participating in the tournament on Nov. 4 and 6 at Syracuse University, with the winner earning the league's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA tournament. The Huskies have secured the No. 1 seed and the Cardinals will play as the No. 4 seed. The Wildcats and the Orange will battle this weekend in the regular-season conference finale with the winner and loser becoming the No. 2 and the No. 3 seeds, respectively, in the tournament.
Battle for the Final 2011 BIG EAST Championship Spot and Seeding
Eleven of the 12 postseason men's soccer spots have been decided with the final selection to be determined this Saturday. In the Blue Division, all six spots have clinched as Marquette, Connecticut, Georgetown, West Virginia, Notre Dame and Providence all play for seeding this weekend. In the Red Division, USF and Rutgers have clinched byes to the quarterfinals. St. John's, Villanova and Louisville each earned a berth to the league tournament and Saturday's game between Syracuse and DePaul will determine the final entrant. The championship begins next Wednesday, Nov. 2, with quarterfinals being held on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Cincinnati, Marquette and Villanova Women's Volleyball Making Headlines
BIG EAST women's volleyball continues to make news on several different levels. With a victory against Xavier on Oct. 25, Cincinnati extended its home winning streak to 46 matches, which continues to be the longest home winning streak in the nation. Villanova senior Kim Maroon currently leads the nation in digs with 6.88 digs per set. Marquette seniors Ciara Jones and Alex Beyer became the first duo to each have 1,000 kills in their respective careers at Marquette since 2006.