Oct. 10, 2013
The No. 14 University of Louisville field hockey team will hit the road for a pair of games this weekend. The Cardinals will face No. 4 Connecticut in a battle of the last two unbeaten BIG EAST Conference teams Friday at 6 p.m. Louisville will then travel to Providence, R.I. to face Brown Sunday at 12 p.m.
UofL enters the weekend with a 10-2 overall record a 3-0 mark in BIG EAST play. Louisville is currently on a season-high six game win streak, the longest since 2005 when it went 8-0 to close out the regular season. The Cards are ranked No. 14 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll - up three spots from last week after beating Ohio State, Temple and Indiana.
The Cardinals are led offensively by junior Alyssa Voelmle's 19 points (8G, 3A) while freshman Shannon Sloss follows with 15 points (7G, 1A). Senior Erin Schneidtmiller rounds out the top three scorers with 14 points (6G, 2A). Junior Paige Monsen and sophomore Elisa Garcia have seven assists apiece.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King carries a 1.33 goals-against average with 47 saves and two shutouts while playing every minute of every game.
Cards vs. the opponents
Friday, Oct. 11, Storrs, Conn. - 6:00 p.m.
Series record: UConn leads 14-2
Last Meeting: Nov. 2, 2012 - UConn beat Louisville 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship at Louisville's Trager Stadium.
Scouting the Huskies: UConn enters the weekend with a 10-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in BIG EAST play. The Huskies are coming off of their first loss of the season after opening up with 10 straight wins. On Sunday, UConn fell 4-3 in overtime to No. 9 Boston College.
Current BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Chloe Hunnable leads the team with 15 points and 11 goals while Roisin Upton and Marie Elena Bolles have 17 points (6G, 5A) apiece. Sarah Mansfield carries a conference-best 1.22 goals-against average with four shutouts on the season.
Sunday, Oct. 13, Providence, R.I. - 12:00 p.m.
Series record: First meeting
Scouting the Bears: Brown enters the weekend with a 4-6 overall record after a 2-1 loss Quinnipiac on Wednesday. Meghan O'Donnell leads the Bears with 19 points and eight goals. Shannon McSweeney carries a 3.19 goals against average with 96 saves in 701:08 minutes.
Last time out
UofL extended its win streak to a season-high six games with a 3-0 victory over visiting Indiana Sunday at Trager Stadium. In the game, Louisville outshot Indiana 15-6 and held an 8-2 advantage in corners. Cardinal goalkeeper sophomore Sydney King (10-2) had four saves. The Cardinals improved to 10-2 on the season, marking their best start since 2001.
At 10-2, the Cardinals are off to their best start since 2001 when they went 13-2 to start the season.
The Cardinals have outscored opponents 43-16 on the season with 14 players having scored at least one goal and 16 of the 20 field players registering at least one point.
The Cardinals are on a season-high six game win streak.
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. 14 in NFHCA poll
UofL is No. 14 in the Oct. 1 National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings - the Cards' highest showing of the season. They moved up three spots from last week after wins over Ohio State, Temple and Indiana.
On Sept. 10, the Cardinal 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 - 9.92), goals per game (5th - 3.58), scoring average (5th - 3.57), scoring margin (5th - 2.24), winning percentage (15th - .833), assists per game (9th - 2.75) and goals against average (15th - 1.33) and save percentage (25th - 0.778).
Sydney King stands at 16th in the nation with a 1.33 goals against average and is fifth with an 0.883 winning percentage.
Garcia and King named to BIG EAST honor roll
Sophomores Elisa Garcia and Sydney King were named to the BIG EAST honor roll of Oct. 7. Garcia tallied six points on the week with two assists against Ohio State and one goal each against Temple and Indiana. Louisville went 3-0. King osted a 1.31 goals against average in a 3-0 week. She made 11 saves and registered a 3-0 shutout against Indiana.
The Cardinals will return to Trager Stadium to face Rutgers on Oct 19 at 12 p.m. and Northwestern Oct 20 at 1 p.m.