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Big East announces spring schedules; UConn softball to host conference championship

UConn field hockey and volleyball will play in the spring after the pandemic forced the fall season to be canceled.

Pato Jerzak

The Big East conference announced a slew of spring sports scheduling updates Tuesday, including the dates and locations of spring conference championships.

UConn will host the softball and track and field championships in mid-May. The school just built a new softball facility this offseason and will be rewarded by hosting the conference’s playoffs immediately.

The Big East also announced that both men’s and women’s soccer will be played in the spring season as well. They had originally canceled the soccer season alongside the rest of fall sports back in August but decided to push them to the spring. Men’s soccer will open conference play on Feb. 27 and women’s soccer will start the week after on March 4.

As a result of the announcement, a few UConn sports teams announced their conference schedules.

Field hockey will play 12 total conference games with four against Providence and two against each of Liberty, Quinnipiac and Villanova. The season stretches from March 6 to April 11, with two games per weekend during that time. Its only home games will be against Villanova on April 3 and 4, with the rest at neutral or away sites. The conference championship will be hosted by Villanova.

Volleyball will be playing with East and Midwest Divisions with UConn grouped in with St. John’s, Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova. Its games will begin on Jan. 30 with a pair of non-conference ties against Rhode Island. Its conference schedule will start up on Feb. 19 and go until March 12. The conference championship will be hosted by Creighton.

Women’s lacrosse has not yet released its schedule but the conference said it will be begin play on March 19. They will play a Friday to Sunday schedule with two games a weekend for seven weeks. Two weekends will be scheduled makeups in case of postponements. The conference championship will be held at Georgetown.

Baseball and softball will announce their schedules at a later date.