Olympic Sports Report

Connecticut Field Hockey Locks Up Championship Spot
Connecticut claimed the first spot in the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship with a 10-0 victory over Georgetown on Oct. 7.  The No. 4 Huskies have compiled a 12-1 overall record and a 4-0 league tally.  The remaining six conference teams will battle it out for the last three spots in the Championship, which will be held Nov. 4 and 6 at Syracuse University.  Three BIG EAST teams are ranked among the top-20 in the NFHCA Coaches' Poll.  No. 4 Connecticut and No. 5 Syracuse have kept their positions for seven consecutive weeks while Louisville was placed at No. 20 for the second week in a row. 
 
Women's Soccer Season Hits The Home Stretch
With three games left in the women's soccer regular season, all 16 teams are jostling for spots in the 10-team BIG EAST Championship. No. 24/20 West Virginia and No. 7/13 Marquette, tied for the American Division lead with 21 points, are the only teams to have officially secured postseason berths. One of this year's surprise teams is Seton Hall, which is looking to make its first appearance in the BIG EAST Championship since 2006. The Pirates (8-5-2, 4-4-0 BIG EAST) sit in fourth-place of the National Division with 12 points and are on the road this weekend at Cincinnati and division-leader Louisville. Syracuse (6-5-3, 5-3-0 BIG EAST) is in third place of the American Division with 15 points and is looking to make its first BIG EAST Championship since 2005. The Orange are at home against USF and Marquette.
 
BIG EAST Women's Volleyball Making National News in the Classroom and on the Court
While a St. John's senior is earning recognition on a prestigious list off the court, Villanova and Marquette have student-athletes that are making names for themselves on the court. Red Storm senior middle hitter Darlene Ramdin was named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition. Villanova senior libero Kim Maroon, leads the nation in digs averaging 6.78 per set. Marquette senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer notched her 1,000th career kill against Georgetown on Oct. 7.
 
Men's Soccer Battling for Conference Position
BIG EAST men's soccer continues to be a presence on the national scene as Connecticut is ranked first in both polls, Georgetown is ranked No. 20 in the NSCAA poll, Louisville is No. 10/9, St. John's is No. 21/14, USF is ranked No. 11 in both polls and West Virginia returned to both polls after receiving votes last week with a current No. 23/24 slot. As the teams are heavily into conference competition, Marquette holds a 4-0-0 record in league play (6-5-2 overall) to lead the Blue Division, while the Huskies are second with a 3-0-1 conference mark and 12-0-1 overall record. In the Red Division, USF is in the top spot with a 3-0-1 record in BIG EAST action. Rutgers is second (6-5-1, 3-1-0 BIG EAST).
 
 
Connecticut Men's Cross Country Wins New England Championships
Connecticut men's cross country took home first place at the New England Championships on Oct. 8, taking the top spot out of 43 teams. With no new national poll this week, the BIG EAST men's cross country teams have four teams ranked in the top 25 including No. 16 Georgetown, No. 18 Villanova, No. 21 Syracuse and No. 24 Providence. On the women's side, BIG EAST teams continue to hold three of the top spots in the USTFCCCA Division I National Cross Country Coaches' Poll. No 1. Villanova is ranked just ahead of No. 2 Providence with No. 5 Georgetown rounding out the top five.  Other teams ranked in the top 25 include No. 8 Syracuse, No. 19 West Virginia and No. 25 Notre Dame.