Aug 28, 2013
NEW YORK - The University of Louisville field hockey team was picked to finish third in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' poll and junior Alyssa Voelmle was named to the Preseason All-Conference team in a vote by the league's head coaches.
Defending BIG EAST tournament champion Connecticut was the unanimous favorite, receiving all seven possible first-place votes while Old Dominion was selected to finish second with 41 points - two ahead of Louisville.
Louisville, UConn and Old Dominion are associate members of the BIG EAST for field hockey in 2013. They are joined in the eight-team field hockey conference by current members Providence, Villanova and Georgetown along with additional associate members Rutgers and Temple.
The Cardinals finished the 2012 season with a 12-8 overall record. They posted a 3-3 mark in league play and reached the conference semifinals for the eighth straight season. Voelmle, a defender from Hershey, Pa., earned preseason honors after garnering second team All-BIG EAST honors the past two years. In addition to her defensive skills, she was third on the team in scoring with 19 points, including eight goals in 2012.
BIG EAST teams will play a seven-game conference schedule. The top four teams in the regular season standings will compete in the 2013 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship which will be held Nov. 8 & 10 at the University of Connecticut.
2013 BIG EAST Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Connecticut (49)
2. Old Dominion (41)
3. Louisville (39)
4. Providence (26)
5. Rutgers (25)
6. Temple (23)
7. Villanova (14)
8. Georgetown (7)
2013 BIG EAST Field Hockey Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Released in conjunction with the BIG EAST Conference office
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year - Marie Elena Bolles, Connecticut
Preseason Defensive Players of the Year - Sarah Mansfield, Connecticut, Christy Longacre, Old Dominion
*Marie Elena Bolles, Sr., Connecticut
Chloe Hunnable, Jr., Connecticut
Rosario Villagra, Jr., Old Dominion
*Amber Youtz, Jr., Temple
Chrissy Davidson, Jr., Connecticut
Kelsey Smither, Jr., Old Dominion
Alyssa Bull, So., Rutgers
Alyssa Voelmle, Jr., Louisville
Christy Longacre, Sr., Old Dominion
*Henni Tietze, Jr., Providence
*Sarah Mansfield, Sr., Connecticut
*denotes unanimous selection