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Big East Announces Spring Championships and Schedules

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, the BIG EAST announced its plans for the spring 2021 Olympic sports championships and regular season schedules. All BIG EAST Championships are presented by JEEP.

Soccer play starts Feb. 27 for the men and March 4 for the women. Both soccers will play divisional schedules with six teams in the East (Connecticut, Georgetown, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova) and five teams in the Midwest (Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Marquette and Xavier). The divisional teams will play home and home matches against each divisional opponent. Both schedules have two bye weeks built in for rescheduling purposes if necessary. The men's championship takes place April 14-17 and will be hosted by the highest overall seed across both divisions. The women's championship will be hosted at Providence, April 15-18.

Volleyball will also play divisionally with five teams in the East (Connecticut, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova) and five teams in the Midwest (Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Marquette and Xavier). League play will start on Friday, Feb. 19. Each team is scheduled to play divisional opponents twice, with both games scheduled at one location on the same weekend. The championship is scheduled for April 2 and 3, hosted by Creighton. The Championship will pit the top two teams in the East and Midwest against each other.

Field hockey conference play begins Feb. 20. Each of the seven teams has 12 conference games scheduled over seven weeks. Connecticut/Providence, Providence/Quinnipiac, Liberty/Old Dominion and Temple/Villanova will match up four times against one another. Other matchups are scheduled to take place in two-game series. The championship is set for April 22 and 24 at Villanova. The top four teams will qualify.

Starting Friday, March 19, women's lacrosse will play a Friday – Sunday schedule in which the teams will play their opponents twice in one weekend. The schedule spans seven weekends with two makeup weekends built in. The championship will be hosted by Georgetown, May 6 and May 8.

The 2021 Olympic sport championship schedule will commence March 5 with the men's and women's cross country championship. The races will take place at the WakeMed Cross Country Complex in Cary, N.C. The men's and women's swimming and diving championships will return to Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, April 7-10. Men's and women's tennis is scheduled for Aril 22-26 at its home for the past four years, the Cayce Tennis Center in Cayce, S.C. The women's and men's golf championship will return to Callawassie Island, S.C. The women's competition will be April 23-25, while the men's will be April 30 through May 2. The men's and women's outdoor track & field championships will be hosted by Connecticut, May 14-15.

Baseball and Softball will release schedules and championship format at a later date.

Non-Conference games will be released at a later date depending on program. Please check individual team schedules and social media for schedule updates

Schedules and championship information is subject to change based on local Covid-19 developments.

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