May 10, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. -
College Soccer News has ranked the St. John's-Connecticut rivalry as the sixth-best in their rankings of the Top 14 rivalries in collegiate soccer.
The closely-contested series dates back to 1981 and St. John's leads 13-11-6 all-time, including eight postseason meetings. After the Huskies won each of the first four meetings, St. John's countered by taking seven-straight from 1991-96. Since 2000, however, the Red Storm leads 6-4-6 and the series has seen seven games go to overtime.
Each team has reached the BIG EAST Finals 12 times, but St. John's has won a conference-record eight Tournament crowns and the Huskies have seven. The series is even at 3-3-1 in head-to-head- BIG EAST Tournament action. Though the Huskies lead 3-1-1 in semifinal matchups, the Red Storm is 1-0-0 in the finals.
Connecticut has made 26 BIG EAST Tournament appearances, the most in conference history, while St. John's is second with 23 appearances. The Red Storm, however, has made 20-consecutive appearances, the longest active streak in the conference.
Since the inception of the BIG EAST Conference in 1985, both teams have won a National Championship with St. John's taking home the title in 1996 and UConn winning in 2000. In that same time span, the Red Storm has four College Cup appearances and the Huskies have two.
The teams have also met once in NCAA Tournament action, playing to a scoreless draw in 2003 before St. John's advanced in a shootout en route to reaching the College Cup.