(NEWS RELEASE) -- The field has been set for the 2012 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship which will be held Nov. 2 and 4 at the University of Louisville’s Trager Stadium. The seeding was decided in the final weekend of play when the top two teams in the league met to decide the regular season title. Syracuse (16-1, 6-0 BIG EAST) came away with a 3-2 win over Connecticut to clinch the No. 1 seed. Connecticut (16-2, 5-1) will be the tournament’s No. 2 seed.
The third and fourth seeds were also being determined on the final day of the regular season. Louisville (12-7, 3-3) registered a 2-1 win over Providence (9-8, 3-3) to clinch a spot in the tournament. The Cardinals and the Friars each finished with a 3-3 mark in conference play, but Louisville received the No. 3 seed due to head-to-head competition. Providence, which had already clinched a spot in the semifinals, will be the No. 4 seed.
Third-ranked Syracuse and Providence will open the BIG EAST Championship Friday at 5 p.m. while fifth-ranked Connecticut and No. 25 Louisville will square off in the other semifinal game Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner will meet in the championship game Sunday at 1 p.m.
All games will be shown live on-line on www.BIGEAST.tv.
BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship
November 2 & 4, 2012 • Trager Stadium
Nov. 2 Semifinal #1: 5:00 p.m. (#1 Syracuse vs. #4 Providence)
Semifinal #2: 7:30 p.m. (#2 UConn vs. #3 Louisville)
Nov. 4 Final: 1:00 p.m.
Adult - $5
Senior/Youth - $3
College students - Free with a valid student ID
For tickets or more information, call 502-852-5151 or go to bigeast.com
Louisville Notes for BIG EAST Championship
• The 25th ranked Cards will be making their eighth straight BIG EAST Championship appearance.
• Louisville has reached the semifinals every season since joining the league in 2005.
• For the seventh time in eight appearances, the Cards will face UConn. The Huskies hold a 5-0 advantage over Louisville in the conference tournament. Providence defeated the Cards 2-0 in 2007 - the only non-UConn matchup.
The Deal with the Cards
• The Cardinals have won their past four games and five of their last six - three of those have come against opponents ranked in the top 25.
• Louisville is led offensively by sophomore Becca Maddock who has 20 points (8G, 4A). Senior Amber Thomas has a team, and career-best nine goals along with one assist for 19 points.
• Sophomore Paige Monsen has a team-high eight assists on the season.
• Senior Erin Conrad carries a 1.80 goals-against average with one shutout on the season.