No. 17 Field Hockey Welcomes No. 18 Temple and Indiana this Weekend

Oct. 3, 2013

The No. 17 University of Louisville field hockey team will play host to No. 18 Temple in a BIG EAST Conference matchup Friday at 6 p.m. and Indiana Sunday at 1 p.m.

Friday's game will feature a contest between two of the three unbeaten teams in the BIG EAST Conference. Louisville and Temple are both 2-0 in the league - along with second-ranked Connecticut. Friday will also offer a matchup between the current BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Week Katie Foran of Temple and Louisville's Alyssa Voelmle - the reigning league Defensive Player of the Week.

Sunday's Battle of the Border against Indiana is also the Cards' annual "Pink Game." The Cardinals will wear special pink uniforms and donations to support breast cancer research and awareness will be taken at the door. People who donate will receive a pink "Play 4 the Cure" bracelet and a pink balloon to help decorate the stadium. Free pizza will be provided for the first 200 fans.

About Louisville:
UofL enters the game with a 8-2 overall record and are 2-0 in BIG EAST play. The Cards are ranked No. 17 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.

Current BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Alyssa Voelmle leads the team with 17 points (7G, 3A) while senior Erin Schneidtmiller follows closely with 14 points (6G, 2A). Freshman Shannon Sloss rounds out the top three scorers with 13 points (6G, 1A). Sophomore Elisa Garcia lead the team with seven assists.

Goalkeeper Sydney King carries a 1.50 goals-against average with 39 while playing every minute of every game.

Cards vs. the opponents
Friday, Oct. 4, Trager Stadium - 6:00 p.m. - Free admission
Justine Sowry previews Friday's game against Temple

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Promotions: Fans will receive a special edition UofL car magnet.
Series record: Temple leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Sept. 11, 1999 - Temple won 1-0 at Temple
Scouting the Owls: No. 18 Temple enters the weekend with an 8-2 overall record and a 2-0 mark in BIG EAST play - placing them in a three-way tie with Louisville and Connecticut. The Owls are in the midst of a five-game win streak in which they have outscored opponents 18-4.

Amber Youtz leads the Owls - and the conference -with 25 points and is ranked second in the nation in points per game. Youtz's 10 goals place her tied for first in the league and third in the nation in goals per game. Goalkeeper Lizzy Millen carries a 1.37 goals against average with 61 saves in 716:26 minutes.

Indiana - Battle of the Border - Pink Game
Sunday, Oct. 6, Trager Stadium - 1:00 p.m. - Free admission
Pink Game Promo

Promotions: Donations for breast cancer awareness will at accepted at the door. People who donate will recieve a "Play 4 The Cure" bracelet and pink balloon which will help decorate Trager Stadium.
• Free pizza will also be provided for first 200 fans.
Series record: UofL leads 8-7
Last Meeting: Sept. 7, 2013 - Louisville lost 3-2 in overtime in Bloomington. Scouting the Hoosiers: Indiana enters the weekend with a 6-3 overall record. The Hoosiers are coming off of 4-0 loss to No. 8 Penn State which snapped a six-game win streak. All of Indiana's losses have come against teams in the 2013 rankings including No. 7 Duke, No. 16 Drexel and No. 8 Penn State.

Audra Heilman leads the team with 20 points (7G, 6A). Mariella Grote, Danielle McNally and Karen Lorita have for goals apiece.

Last time out
Alyssa Voelmle had two goals and an assist and senior Erin Schneidtmiller added a pair of goals to help lead the No. 17 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 6-3 win over host Ohio State Tuesday afternoon. With their fourth straight win, the Cardinals improve to 8-2.

Cardinal Notes
• At 8-2, the Cardinals are off to their best start since 2005 when they went 9-2 to open the season.
• The Cardinals are on a four-game win streak which ties a season high. Senior Erin Schneidtmiller has registered at least one goal or assist in each of Louisville's last four wins.
• After being sidelined by injury for the first eight games of the season, junior Becca Maddock took the field for the first time in 2013 in the Sept. 28 game at Georgetown. The leading returning scorer from 2012 has now recorded at least one goal per game since she returned to action.
• On Sept. 28, the Cards defeated Georgetown 8-1, marking the highest goal total since August 29, 2010 when Louisville beat Central Michigan 10-0.
• 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. 17 in NFHCA poll
Louisville is No. 17 in the Oct. 1 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 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.

Spreading the offense
The Cardinals have outscored opponents 38-15 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 assist. Junior Alyssa Voelmle leads the team with 17 points (7G, 2A) while senior Erin Schneidtmiller follows closely with 14 points (6G, 2A). Freshman Shannon Sloss rounds out the top three scorers with 13 points (6G, 1A). Senior Michelle Amon, junior Becca Maddock and sophomore Victoria Stratton have three goals apiece while juniors Paige Monsen, Mallory Mason and and freshman Jennifer Pels have two each and senior Kelsey Rosenmeier, sophomore Megan Anstotz and freshmen Lotta Kahlert and Gianna Perrone each have one.

Up Next
The Cardinals will hit the road to face No. 2 Connecticut - one of two unbeaten teams in the nation - on Oct. 11. Louisville will then travel to Providence, R.I. to face Brown on Oct. 13.

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.

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