Nov. 6, 2007
BOSTON - The 11th-ranked Boston University field hockey team (17-5) will take on Big Ten champion Iowa (17-3) in the first round of the NCAA tournament, as announced on CSTV Tuesday evening. The game will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the University of Connecticut beginning at 2 p.m. UConn (20-2) will play UMass (14-8) at 11 a.m. in the site's other first-round match-up.
The four teams participating in Storrs this weekend all won their respective conference tournaments. Saturday's winners will meet on Sunday at 2 p.m. for the right to advance to the national semifinals.
BU is making its 10th appearance in the NCAAs after earning the America East's automatic bid with a 4-1 victory over Albany on Sunday. The title was the Terriers' third straight, marking the first time that feat had been achieved in school history.
Iowa, ranked fifth in the final NFHCA Coaches' Poll, captured the Big Ten title on Sunday with a 4-1 victory over No. 6 Michigan, while No. 4 UConn edged No. 20 Providence, 1-0, for the Big East crown. UMass posted a 2-1 win over Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 title game on Saturday to advance to an NCAA play-in game on Tuesday against Princeton, which it also won, 2-1.
Only the top four teams in the 16-team national bracket are seeded. UConn claimed the No. 4 seed.
The Terriers are winless in their six previous meetings with Iowa, including a 4-2 decision last season in a neutral-site contest held at Providence.
Six of the teams that were selected to tournament field were opponents of the Terriers this season, including both UConn and UMass. BU went 2-4 in those games with wins over UMass and Virginia.