Nov. 6, 2012
STORRS, Conn. -The No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team has earned an automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship and will face Northeastern on Saturday, November 10 in Storrs, Conn. at 11:30 a.m. in the First Round. The winner of the UConn vs. No. 12 Northeastern contest will square-off against either No. 13 Lafayette or No. 6 Maryland on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Storrs with a berth in the NCAA National Semifinal on the line.
Lafayette and Maryland will play in Storrs at 2 p.m. Connecticut earned the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. UConn is ranked No. 4 in the Penn Moto/NFHCA Poll.
Northeastern enters the weekend with a 14-6 overall record and earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament after falling in the CAA Tournament Final to Drexel on November 4. UConn is 20-14 all-time against NU but is just 1-4 against Northeastern in NCAA Tournament play. UConn has won six-straight against Northeastern since falling to NU in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies, who enter NCAA Tournament play with a 18-2 overall record, earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning their 12th BIG EAST Tournament last weekend in Louisville, Ky.
The team is appearing in its 24th NCAA Tournament and owns an all-time mark of 28-21 in NCAA postseason action. Connecticut is 16-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament first round games, including a 2-1 victory over Princeton last season.
Connecticut has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 11 seasons and 16 of the last 17 overall.
The Huskies are 14-3 all-time during NCAA Tournament play in Storrs. Last year, the team defeated Princeton and Penn State en route to earning its 10th appearance in the NCAA National Semifinal.
UConn has advanced to the national semifinals 10 times in the program's history and won the 1981 and 1985 national championship. Check back at UConnHuskies.com for more information.