Aug 23, 2013
After 10 days of two-a-day practices, the University of Louisville field hockey team will test its preseason skills when the Cards travel to Bloomington for a scrimmage on Saturday, August 24 at 1 p.m.
The Cardinals finished the 2012 season ranked No. 25 in the NFHCA coaches poll after posting a 12-8 record and earning a semifinal appearance in the BIG EAST Championship. Louisville returns seven starters and 14 letter winners from that team and welcomes nine talented newcomers.
The Cards will officially open the 2013 season at No. 7 Virginia on Aug. 30. The will stay on the road to face No. 21 Richmond on Sept .1.
The Hoosiers are coming off of a 10-9 campaign in 2012 and return 16 letterwinners from that team.
Cards' Outlook by Position
Senior and field co-captain Erin Schneidtmiller will help lead the Cardinal attack after playing in every game and starting all but one last season. She is one of the top three returning scorers, registering seven goals and four assists for 18 points last season. Fellow senior Michelle Amon will also bring experience to the front line after playing in every game and scoring two goals, including the gamewinner against No. 22 Wake Forest.
Also returning to the forward line is junior Becca Maddock. Louisville's leading returning scorer tallied eight goals and four assists for 20 points her sophomore season and looks to pick up where she left off.
The Cardinals welcome freshmen Stephanie Byrne, Hailey Netherton and Shannon Sloss to the lineup - each player has tallied impressive totals in their high school, club and USA Field Hockey developmental teams.
The midfield will be anchored by a core of upperclassmen including two-time All-BIG EAST selection junior Alyssa Voelmle
who is another one of the Cards' top three returning scorers tallying eight goals and three assists last season. Fellow junior Paige Monsen
has been named deputy field captain and will look to resume the starting role she earned last season when she led the team with eight assists. The Cardinals will also look to senior Kelsey Rosenmeier
to provide leadership in the midfield. After fighting through injury as a sophomore, she came back to start 14 games in 2012 and had an impressive spring season.
Sophomore Elisa Garcia made an immediate impact as a freshman, starting all 20 games and notching five goals and six assists. Fellow sophomore Megan Anstotz also played in all 20 games and earned seven starts. Katharine Gwynne-Wood battled injury during her freshman season, but still gained experience, playing in 18 of the Cards' 20 games.
Freshman Jennifer Pels and Lotta Kahlert also enter the midfield mix and will look to contribute right away.
The Cardinals return the bulk of their defenders from last season with starters Mallory Mason and Victoria Stratton looking to resume their spots in the lineup. Mason, a two-year starter, has been very consistent in the backfield and has contributed three goals and seven assists in her career. Stratton started every game as a freshman and netted two goals and a pair of assists while earning the role of 2013 team co-captain.
Juniors Hannah Boyle and Tori Nuccio will also add depth and experience as will sophomore transfer Lizi Kuhl. Freshmen Gianna Perrone and Erin McCrudden each brings a wealth of high school honors and USA Field hockey developmental experience and will also vie for playing time.
The Cardinals must look to fill the void left by three-time All-BIG EAST selection Erin Conrad. Redshirt sophomore Sydney King has spent the last two seasons learning and developing her game at U of L and could step into the starting role. Freshman Elina Pereira also brings a stellar resume to Louisville and could also contend for a starting position.
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