Olympic Sports Report

Olympic Sports Report
 
An update on BIG EAST Olympic sports.
 
September 23, 2011
 
Pirates' Flag Waving In First Place
The Seton Hall women's soccer team is off to a fast start this fall having opened the year 6-1-2 (2-0-0 BIG EAST). The Pirates are off to their best start since 2004. Led by seniors Taylor Wilson (three goals, all gamewinners) and Elizabeth Bond (two shutouts, 0.67 goals-against avg.), Seton Hall heads to No. 25/NR West Virginia (6-3-0, 2-0-0) on Friday night in a battle of Division leaders. On Sunday, the Hall is at Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. Sophomore Katie Ritter leads Seton Hall with five goals and 10 points.
 
Men's Soccer Opens Conference Competition this Weekend
BIG EAST men's soccer will open league play this weekend, with all 16 teams in action. The weekend is highlighted by three top-25 matchups, including one televised on the Fox Soccer Channel as No. 5/6 Louisville travels to No. 17/15 Notre Dame for a 7 p.m. ET tilt on Saturday. League teams are currently represented well nationally with seven teams in the NSCAA Top 25 and six teams in the Soccer America Top 25. Connecticut is ranked second in both polls after starting the season 6-0-0.
 
BIG EAST Women's Volleyball Setting Records
BIG EAST women's volleyball spent the week etching its name in the record books. Cincinnati maintains the longest home winning streak in the nation, currently at 40 matches.  St. John's head coach Joanne Persico earned her- and the program's- 350th win on Friday, Sep. 16in a five-set victory over Binghamton.  Seton Hall sophomore Alyssa Warren broke the school's single-match dig record after picking up 45 against Boston College on Sep. 16; the previous record stood for 21 years.
 
Three BIG EAST Field Hockey Teams Ranked
Three BIG EAST field hockey teams are ranked in the NFHCA National Coaches' Poll (No. 4 Connecticut, No. 5 Syracuse and No. 19 Louisville). The Orange have won a BIG EAST-record 15 consecutive, and 18 of their last 19, BIG EAST regular-season games.  SU has not lost a regular-season conference game since Oct. 18, 2008.  The previous record was 12 games set by Connecticut (10/17/98-9/22/01).  Syracuse will look to continue the streak on Sept. 23 when they travel to Louisville, but the Cardinals have not given up a goal in their last four outings and have outscored their opponents 16-0 during that time.
 
Men's and Women's Cross Country Remain Atop Polls
BIG EAST men's cross country has six schools ranked in the Top 30, including No. 14 Syracuse, No. 17 Providence, No. 18 Villanova, No. 21 Georgetown, No. 22 Notre Dame and No. 25 Louisville. Georgetown's women still reign as the top team with No. 3 Providence and No. 5 Villanova ranked just behind them.  There are two other schools ranked in the top 30 - No. 13 Syracuse and No. 19 West Virginia.