No. 16 Field Hockey Travels to Michigan for a Pair of Games

Sept. 12, 2013

The University of Louisville field hockey team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face UC Davis Friday at 1 p.m. and the host Wolverines Saturday at 1 p.m..

About Louisville: UofL enters the weekend with a 3-1 record and ranked No. 16 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. After falling 3-2 to then-No. 7 Virginia in their season opener, the Cardinals have strung together three straight wins over Richmond, William & Mary and Ohio.

Freshman Shannon Sloss stands atop the Cardinals' scoring leaders with seven points (3G, 1A). Junior Alyssa Voelme, the current BIG EAST Defensive player of the Week along with freshman Jennifer Pels follow closely with six points (3G).

Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King (3-1) carries a 1.75 goals-against average with 17 saves in 280:00 minutes of action.

Cards vs. the opponents
UC Davis
Friday, Sept. 12 - Ann Arbor, Mich., 1 p.m.
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Series record: First meeting
Scouting the Aggies: UC Davis enters the weekend with a 1-2 overall record. The Aggies opened the 2013 season with a 4-0 win over Missouri State, but fell 2-1 to Liberty and 4-3 to Dartmouth in their next two outings. Danielle Koehne leads the team with four goals and eight points. Goalkeeper Danielle Herrington carries a 1.20 goals against average and has eight saves on the season

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Ann Arbor, Mich., 1 p.m.
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Series record: Michigan leads 6-2-1
Last meeting: Sept. 20, 2009 - Michigan won 3-2 in overtime at Trager Stadium.
Scouting the Wolverines: Michigan enters the weekend with a 1-3 overall record, but all of the Wolverines' losses have come against ranked opponents, including a 7-1 setback against top-ranked North Carolina. Michigan opened the season with a 3-2 loss to No. 14 UMass, but rebounded to beat Maine 3-2. The Wolverines then traveled to Iowa City for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge where the fell to UNC in the first game and lost to No. 18 Wake Forest 2-1.

Rachael Mack leads the Michigan attack with four goals while Haley JJones carries a 3.50 goals-against average.

Last time Out
The Cardinals went 2-0 in their home-opening weekend with a 4-1 win over William & Mary and a 6-2 victory over Ohio University.
UofL 4 - William & Mary 1
Shannon Sloss scored two goals while fellow freshman Jennifer Pels had a goal and an assist to lead the University of Louisville to a 4-1 win over William & Mary in the Cards' home opener Friday afternoon at Trager Stadium.
UofL 6 - Ohio 2
Senior Erin Schneidtmiller scored a pair of goals to help lead the Cards to a 6-2 win over Ohio University Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium. Lotta Kahlert, Alyssa Voelmle, Paige Monsen, Michelle Amon also added goals.

Voelmle Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Junior Alyssa Voelmle was named BIG EAST Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 8.

Voelmle, a defender from Hershey, Pa., led the Cardinals to a pair of victories, scoring two goals on the week as Louisville defeated William & Mary 4-1 and Ohio 6-2. She helped the Louisville defense hold Ohio to only five shots.

The 2013 Preseason All-BIG EAST selection has registered a goal in three of the Cardinals' four games and is tied for the team lead with three on the season. This marks the second time Voelmle has earned the league's weekly honor - she was also the Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 22, 2012.

Cardinal Notes
• Louisvillle has outscored its opponents 14-7 through the first four games of the season. Nine different players have contributed goals - freshman Shannon Sloss and junior Alyssa Voelmle lead the way with three apiece. Senior Erin Schneidtmiller and freshman Jennifer Pels each have a pair of goals while senior Michelle Amon, junior Paige Monsen and freshmen Lotta Kahler and Gianna Perrone have scored one apiece.
• Junior Alyssa Voelmle has scored a goal in three of the Cardinals' four games.
Shannon Sloss has been involved in Louisville's offense in their last three wins. The freshman scored a goal in the 2-1 win over Richmond, had a pair of goals in the 4-1 victory over William & Mary and dished out an assist in the 6-2 win over Ohio.

Louisville ranked No. 16 in NFHCA poll
Louisville is No. 16 in the Sept. 10 National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings. The Cards are making their first appearance in the NFHCA poll since Oct. 30, 2012 when they were No. 25. This marks Louisville's highest ranking since the 2011 preseason poll when they were also No. 16. The highest national ranking in program history came in 2002 when they were No. 4.

Cards among national leaders
The Cardinals are among the nation's scoring leaders in several categories including: goals per game (11th), scoring average (11th), points per game (14th), winning percentage (14th) and scoring margin (15th).

Up Next
The Cardinals will return to Trager Stadium for their BIG EAST Conference opener against No. 15 Old Dominion on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Louisville will then take on Northeastern on Sept. 22 at 1:30 p.m.

King Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll
Sydney King was named to the BIG EAST honor roll in the first week of the season. The Newport Beach, Calif. native made her first career start in Louisville's season opener at No. 7 Virginia on Friday. The redshirt sophomore goalkeeper collected seven saves, but the Cards came up one goal short. King was back in the cage on Sunday and posted four stops in Louisville's 2-1 win over Richmond. She totaled 11 saves and a 2.00 goals against average in the Cardinals' opening weekend.

Cards Picked to Finish Third in BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll
Louisville was picked to finish third in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' poll. 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.

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.

About BIG EAST Field Hockey
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.

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
School (Points)
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)