Miami to Host BIG EAST Soccer

Miami to Host BIG EAST Soccer

Oct. 30, 2002

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. ( – Connecticut and West Virginia have each earned BIG EAST women’s soccer division titles and will be the top seeds in the BIG EAST Championship. The Huskies will be the No. 1 seed in the Northeast division, while the Mountaineers are the top seed in the Mid-Atlantic division. Quarterfinal action will take place November 2-3 at the home of the top four seeds, with the semifinals and final hosted by the University of Connecticut at Morrone Stadium in Storrs on November 8 & 10.

Connecticut, ranked No. 9 in the nation, won the Northeast regular season division title for the fourth consecutive year. UConn’s regular season record is 13-2-1 overall and 5-0-0 in the BIG EAST. The Huskies have appeared in all 10 BIG EAST Championships, but will look for their first crown after playing in seven title games. Connecticut will begin their run for the title by hosting the fourth seed in the Mid-Atlantic division, Georgetown, on November 2. The Hoyas (9-6-0, 3-3-0 BIG EAST) will be making their first appearance in the BIG EAST Championship since 1999.

The top seed in the Mid-Atlantic division is West Virginia, who is completing the best regular season in school history with a 15-1-1 overall record, 5-0-1 in the BIG EAST. The Mountaineers’ 16 points earned them their first regular season division title since the program began in 1996. West Virginia, the No. 8 team in the nation, will host the fourth seed in the Northeast division, St. John’s, on November 3. The Red Storm have a 9-4-4 record, 3-3-0 in the BIG EAST and will be making their second consecutive appearance in the championship.

The second seed in the Northeast is Miami, who will host Rutgers on November 2. This is the second consecutive season in which the Hurricanes (9-6-1, 4-1-1 BIG EAST) will appear in the conference championship. RU, the third seed in the Northeast division, is the only team in the BIG EAST to have completed its regular season schedule. The Scarlet Knights finished with a 9-6-2 overall record and 3-2-1 in the Northeast division.

Villanova (11-1-4, 4-1-1 BIG EAST) earned the No. 2 spot in the Mid-Atlantic with 13 points and posted the school’s best conference record since a 4-2-0 mark in 1999. The Wildcats will be making their seventh championship appearance by hosting Boston College on November 3. The Eagles (10-6-1, 4-1-1 BIG EAST) are the third seed in the Northeast with 12 points.

Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals, held at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn. The championship game will take place on Sunday, November 10. It will be televised LIVE on MSG Network, Fox Sports Net Florida, Fox Sports Net Chicago and New England Sports Network. Notre Dame’s absence from the BIG EAST Championship will mark the first time in seven years that a team other than the Fighting Irish will win the conference crown.

2002 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship ScheduleQuarterfinals – at sites of higher seeded team

Saturday, November 2 #1 (NE #1) Connecticut vs. (MA #4) Georgetown 7:00 p.m.
#4 (NE #2) Miami vs. (MA #3) Rutgers 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 3 #3 (MA #1) West Virginia vs. (NE #4) St. John’s 2:00 p.m.
#2 (MA #2) Villanova vs. (NE #3) Boston College 1:00 p.m.

Semifinals & Final – at Morrone Stadium, Storrs, Conn.

Friday, November 8 – Semifinal doubleheader

Quarterfinal 1 winner vs. Quarterfinal 2 winner 5:00 p.m.
Quarterfinal 3 winner vs. Quarterfinal 4 winner 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 10 – Championship Final

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