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Old Dominion Joins BIG EAST Field Hockey Conference in 2013

2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Marie Elena Bolles and the Huskies will square-off against Old Dominion at least once next season.

Dec. 5, 2012

STORRS, Conn. - Old Dominion University has been added as an associate member of the BIG EAST Conference in field hockey only, as announced by the league on Wednesday.

Formerly of the Colonial Athletic Association, Old Dominion has won nine NCAA titles and has made 30 appearances in the national tournament. The Lady Monarchs have won 15 Colonial Athletic Association championships and had a 66-game winning streak that spanned the 1990-1993 seasons.

The 2013 membership of field hockey in the BIG EAST is projected to include: Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Old Dominion, Providence, Rutgers, Temple and Villanova.

"The University of Connecticut and Old Dominion share a storied history in NCAA field hockey, having met in the National Championship Game four consecutive years (1982-1985), said UConn head coach Nancy Stevens. "The two programs have played each other thirty-three times; we are thrilled to renew the series, especially as a BIG EAST Conference match up."

BIG EAST field hockey has a rich tradition, winning two NCAA titles and making seven NCAA National semifinal appearances. There have been 30 appearances by BIG EAST teams in the NCAA Championship, including nine appearances since 2008.