Sept. 30, 2013
The University of Louisville field hockey team will travel to Columbus, Ohio to face Ohio State on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.
UofL enters the game with a 7-2 overall record and ranked No. 16 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.
Current BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Alyssa Voelmle leads the team with 12 points (5G, 2A) while freshman Shannon Sloss follows closely with 11 points (5G, 1A). Senior Erin Schneidtmiller rounds out the top three scorers with 10 points (4G, 2A). Junior Paige Monsen and sophomore Elisa Garcia lead the team with five assists apiece.
Goalkeeper Sydney King carries a 1.33 goals-against average with 36 while playing every minute of every game.
Cards vs. the opponents
Tuesday, Oct. 1, Columbus, Ohio - 3 p.m.
Series record: OSU leads 16-6
Last Meeting: Oct. 22, 2012 - UofL won 4-3 in overtime
Scouting the Buckeyes: Ohio State enters the game with a 3-6 overall record. The Buckeyes are coming off of a 3-2 loss at Michigan State in their Big Ten opener. Two of OSU's losses have come against top 10 opponents UMass and Syracuse.
Nora Murer leads the team with 10 points (3G, 4A) while Peanut Johnson has scored a team-best four goals. Sarah Lemieux carries a 2.29 goals against average with 33 saves.
Last time out
Senior Michelle Amon and junior Becca Maddock each scored a pair of goals as Cardinals defeated BIG EAST opponent Georgetown 8-1 in their only game of the week. The goal total was the highest since August 29, 2010 when Louisville beat Central Michigan 10-0.
At 7-2, Louisville is off to its best start since 2005 when they went 9-2 to start the season.
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.
Spreading the offense
The Cardinals have outscored opponents 32-12 on the season with 13 players having scored at least one goal on the season and 16 of the 20 field players registering at least one point. Junior Alyssa Voelmle leads the team with 12 points (5G, 2A) while freshman Shannon Sloss follows closely with 11 points (5G, 1A). Senior Erin Schneidtmiller rounds out the top three scorers with 10 points (4G, 2A). Senior Michelle Amon and sophomore Victoria Stratton have three goals apiece while juniors Paige Monsen, Mallory Mason and Becca Maddock and freshman Jennifer Pels have two each and senior Kelsey Rosenmeier, sophomore Megan Anstota and freshmen Lotta Kahlert and Gianna Perrone each have one.
Louisville ranked No. 16 in NFHCA poll
Louisville is No. 16 in the Sept. 24 National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings - up three spots from last week. 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 marked 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: points per game (5th - 10.22), assists per game (5th - 3.11), goals per game (6th - 3.56), scoring average (7th - 3.55), winning percentage (15th - .778), scoring margin (7th - 2.22), goals against average (15th - 1.33) and save percentage (25th - 0.778).
Sydney King stands at 15th in the nation with a 1.33 goals against average and a 0.778 winning percentage.
The Cardinals will return to Trager Stadium to play host to No. 17 Temple in a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. Louisville will then face Indiana in their annual "Pink" game at 1 p.m.