Head coach Randy Waldrum will lead the #8 Fighting Irish into their inaugural ACC regular-season match at 7 p.m. (ET) Thursday against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C.

BIG EAST Championship Moved To East Hartford

Nov. 1, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn. – Due to complications arising from Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, the BIG EAST Conference announced Thursday that the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Women’s Soccer Championship semifinals and final will be played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., relocating from their original site on the University of Connecticut campus.

In addition, the start times for both of Friday’s tournament semifinals have been moved earlier in the day, with No. 25/20 Notre Dame now slated to face No. 15/10 Marquette in the first semifinal at noon (ET), followed by No. 13/18 Georgetown meeting South Florida in the second semifinal at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

Both BIG EAST semifinals, as well as Sunday’s conference championship match (noon ET), will be televised live to a national cable audience by CBS Sports Network. In addition, the BIG EAST final will be shown live on the BIG EAST syndicated television package, which includes numerous regional networks around the country, led by SportsNet New York (SNY), and also on-line for free at bigeast.tv.

In light of the tournament being moved and the schedule changes, the BIG EAST also announced that there will be free admission for all three matches (semifinals and final) played this weekend at Rentschler Field.

Notre Dame (13-4-2) is making its 16th appearance in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals since joining the conference 18 years ago. Marquette (14-2-2) represents the sixth ranked opponent for the Fighting Irish this season, with Notre Dame set to meet the Golden Eagles for the sixth time in conference tournament play (the Fighting Irish are 5-0 all-time against Marquette in the BIG EAST Championship).

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