Aug 28, 2013
NEW YORK -
The Villanova field hockey team was picked to finish seventh in the BIG EAST Conference preseason poll, chosen by a vote of the league's head coaches.
The Wildcats finished the 2012 season 7-12 overall, including a 2-3 BIG EAST record. Villanova narrowly missed the postseason last year.
Connecticut, ranked fourth nationally, was chosen to finish first in the conference for the fourth consecutive year. The Huskies are followed by No. 8 Old Dominion, a new associate member for the 2013 season. Louisville, Providence, Rutgers and Temple follow in the poll. Georgetown finished eighth in the conference.
UConn forward Marie Elena Bolles was named Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. The Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year was shared by UConn goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield and Old Dominion senior back Christy Longacre. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
The Wildcats' season begins Saturday against Sacred Heart at home at 2 p.m.
2013 BIG EAST Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Connecticut (7) 49
2. Old Dominion (1) 41
3. Louisville 39
4. Providence 26
5. Rutgers 25
6. Temple 23
7. Villanova 14
8. Georgetown 7