I’ve decided, since doing the initial info-gathering for last week’s post, that the Field Hockey team deserves more love from the blog community. So every week this fall I’m going to drop you a field hockey update because, well, it’s a chance to write something positive for a change.
Last weekend the #3-ranked Orangewomen took on two foes at Coyne Field. Their first matchup was also their first Big East Conference game of the season, Friday against #11 Louisville. The girls in Orange put the screws to the Cardinals, winning 3-0. This put them at 7-0 for the first time in school history. They followed this up with a 10-0 thrashing of New Hampshire on Sunday to move to 8-0.
Freshman Martina Loncarica was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week with a total of 11 points in the two games. The team bumped its ranking up to #2 in the newly-released poll, receiving 8 first-place votes. They now lead the nation in goals per game and are tied for 2nd in goals allowed per game, a fraction behind Villanova. (Go here to generate NCAA stat reports.)
Next up for the team is a trip to New England to take on Providence on Friday night and then UMass on Sunday. Both teams are at the top of the “also receiving votes” category of the national rankings. The poll only reports the top 20 teams; UMass comes in at #21 (first unranked team) and Providence at #23. The Big East is well-represented in the rankings: in addition to SU and Louisville (who remained #11), Rutgers comes in at #17 and UConn at #4 (the big matchup with the Huskies is at Coyne Field on Oct 18, by the way). Providence (#23) and Villanova (#24) are just on the outside of the official rankings. The only Big East field hockey program that doesn’t show up in the poll is (ha ha) Georgetown, whose record currently sits at a scintillating 0-8. Further evidence that the women of Syracuse are superior to the women of Georgetown in every meaningful way.