Olympic Sports Report

Cross Country Championships on the Horizon
The BIG EAST Cross Country Championships are just over a week away on Oct. 30 in Jamesville Beach Park in Jamesville, N.Y. The conference continues to boast many teams ranked in the USTFCCCA top 30, including No. 1 Villanova on the women's side. The Wildcats are led by BIG EAST female Athlete of the Week Sheila Reid. Georgetown is ranked No. 5 on the women's side, while Syracuse is at No. 8 and Providence is at No. 13.
 
The men's side has a season-high five teams in the top 30, with Syracuse leading the way at No. 17 followed by Georgetown at No. 21. The other three teams include Notre Dame at No. 23, Louisville at No. 28 and Villanova at No. 29.
 
Women's Soccer Wraps Up Regular Season
All eight women's soccer teams are in action on Friday as the league's regular season winds down. Five of the 10 spots for the BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship have been secured, but just one of the 10 seeds are determined (Notre Dame as the National Division No. 1). In addition to the Irish, Marquette and West Virginia have clinched a bye to the quarterfinals. The regular season concludes on Sunday with the final eight games of conference play.
 
Men's Soccer Turns The Corner
Six teams have clinched spots in the postseason as Notre Dame, Connecticut, Louisville, Villanova, Cincinnati and USF all earned berths. There are eight games this weekend in BIG EAST men's soccer, highlighted by a match up between Notre Dame at No. 5/6 Connecticut on Friday night, televised on the Fox Soccer Channel.
 
Field Hockey In High Gear
Connecticut moved up one spot to No. 4 in the national field hockey rankings after last week's 4-2 upset over then-No. 4 Princeton. The Huskies take on No. 8 Syracuse on Oct. 23 at noon in a battle that will have a significant impact on the league's standings.
 
Volleyball Hits the Midway Point
At the end of play on Sunday, BIG EAST volleyball will cross the midway point of the season. There is a tie at the top of the conference, with three teams entering the weekend with just one loss in BIG EAST play including Cincinnati, Louisville and Villanova. USF has a pair of key matchups this weekend, as the Bulls take a 5-2 conference record into the weekend to play Cincinnati on Saturday and Louisville on Sunday. Louisville boasts the BIG EAST Player of the Week in Lola Arslanbekova, who was the first non-Cincinnati selection since the first week of the season on Aug. 30. She helped the Cardinals break the Bearcats' school record 29-set winning streak, winning 3-2 on Oct. 16.