No. 19 Field Hockey Plays Host to No. 20 Old Dominion and Northeastern

Sept. 19, 2013

Justine Sowry previews the games against Old Dominion and Northeastern

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

About Louisville: UofL enters the weekend with a 4-2 record and ranked No. 19 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.

Freshman Shannon Sloss stands atop the Cardinals' scoring leaders with nine points (4G, 1A). Junior Alyssa Voelme follows closely with eight points (4G). Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King (4-2) carries a 1.33 goals-against average with 23 saves in 420:00 minutes of action.

Cards vs. the opponents
Old Dominion
Friday, Sept. 20- Trager Stadium
Admission: Free
Promotions: "Blackout" - Fans are encouraged to wear black - T-Shirts given to the first 200 fans in attendance.
• Cardinal Athletic Fund Appreciation Day
• Cardinal Cup Event
Series record: ODU leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Aug. 30, 2003 - ODU won 3-1 at Old Dominion
Scouting the Monarchs: No. 20 Old Dominion brings a 1-5 record into Friday's conference opener. The Monarchs have faced a tough early season schedule with five of the six team they've face being ranked in the top 10. ODU's losses have come at the hands of (then) No. 6 Penn State, No. 2 Maryland, No. 7 Virginia, No. 1 North Carolina and No. 9 Duke. The Monarchs' win was a 2-1 overtime decision against American.

Sarah Breen leads the team with two goals on the season while Megan Hept carries a 3.34 goals against average.

Sunday, Sept. 22 - Trager Stadium
Admission: Free
Promotions: L1C4 T-shirt for the first 100 fans in attendance
Series record: Tied 1-1
Last meeting: Aug. 24, 2012 - Northeastern won 3-2 at Trager Stadium Scouting the Huskies: Northeastern enters the weekend with a 3-2 overall record. The Huskies have wins over Monmouth, Providence and Dartmouth while their losses have come to No. 11 Northwestern and New Hampshire.

King Named to BIG EAST honor roll
Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King posted a 0.50 goals against average with six saves and a shutout on the weekend. King collected two saves and her first career shutout in the Cards' 5-0 win over UC Davis. She surrendered one goal and had four saves in Louisville's 1-0 loss at Michigan.

Cardinal Notes
• Louisville has outscored its opponents 19-8 through the first six games of the season. Eleven different players have contributed goals - freshman Shannon Sloss and junior Alyssa Voelmle lead the way with four apiece. Senior Erin Schneidtmiller, sophomores Megan Anstotz and Victoria Stratton 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 four of the Cardinals' six games.
Shannon Sloss has been involved in Louisville's offense in their four 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, dished out an assist in the 6-2 win over Ohio and had a goal in the 5-0 win over UC Davis.
• The 1-0 loss to Michigan on Sept 13 halted Louisville's four-game win streak and marked the first time the Cards have been shut out since Sept. 29, 2012 when they fell 3-0 to then-top-ranked Syracuse.

Louisville ranked No. 19 in NFHCA poll
UofL is No. 19 in the Sept. 17 National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings. On Sept. 10, the Cards were ranked 16th in 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 (12th), scoring average (11th), points per game (14th), winning percentage (14th) and scoring margin (15th).

Last time Out
The Cardinals traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. where they went 1-1 on the weekend. UofL stretched its win streak to four games with a 5-0 victory over UC Davis on Friday, only to have it snapped in a 1-0 loss to Michigan Saturday.
Louisville 5 - UC Davis 0
Five different players scored to help the No. 16 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 5-0 win over UC Davis Friday at Michigan's Ocker Stadium.
Michigan 1 - Louisville 0
The Cards' four-game win streak came to a halt with a 1-0 loss at Michigan (2-3) on Saturday, Sept. 14. The teams were evenly matched with nine shots apiece while Michigan held an 8-3 advantage in corners. The loss marks the first time the Cardinals have been shut out this season. Sydney King had four saves in the game.

Up Next
The Cardinals will go back on the road to face Georgetown in a BIG EAST game which will be played in College Park, Md. on Sept. 28.

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.