Oct. 18, 2013
The No. 17 University of Louisville field hockey team will play host to Rutgers Saturday at 12 p.m. in a BIG EAST Conference matchup and No. 11 Northwestern Sunday at 1 p.m. This weekend, the Cards honor the past with special alumnae events including recognizing the 1977 and 1978 KWIC Champion teams. Admission is free.
About Louisville: No. 17 UofL enters the weekend with a 10-4 overall and in third place in the BIG EAST Conference with a 3-1 mark in league play. .
The Cardinals are led offensively by junior Alyssa Voelmle's 19 points (8G, 3A) while senior Erin Schneidtmiller follows with 16 points (7G, 2A). Freshman Shannon Sloss rounds out the top three scorers with 15 points (7G, 1A). Junior Paige Monsen and sophomore Elisa Garcia have seven assists apiece.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King carries a 1.70 goals-against average with 58 saves and two shutouts while playing every minute of every game.
Cards vs. the opponents
Saturday, Oct. 19, Trager Stadium - 12:00 p.m.
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Promotions: Alumnae Day
Series record: UofL leads 7-1
Last Meeting: Oct. 12, 2012 - Rutgers won 3-1 at Rutgers.
Scouting the Scarlet Knights: Rutgers brings an 8-5 overall record - and a five-game win streak to Trager Stadium. All five of Rutgers' losses have come against ranked teams. The Scarlet Knights currently stand in fifth place in the BIG EAST with a 2-2 league record. Most recently, Rutgers defeated Georgetown 5-0.
Sophie Wright leads the team with 17 points and eight goals. Sofia Walia (3G, 3A) and Ashpal Bhogal (2G, 5A) follow with nine points each. Sarah Stugy (4-3) carries a 1.98 goals-against average with two shutouts.
Sunday, Oct. 20, Trager Stadium. - 1:00 p.m.
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Promotions: Cards will honor the 1977 and 1978 teams
Series record: UofL leads 4-1
Last meeting: Oct. 30, 2011 - Northwestern won 1-0 at Northwestern.
Scouting the Wildcats: Northwestern enters the weekend with an 11-3 overall record and stand at No. 11 in the latest NFHCA rankings. Before making the trip to Louisville, the Wildcats will face Big Ten opponent Friday. NU is coming off of a 3-1 win over Kent State on Sunday. Northwestern has a 5-2 record against ranked teams with wins over Northeastern, Boston, Duke, Iowa and Michigan and losses to Virginia and Penn State.
Nikki Parsley leads the team with 22 points and 10 goals while Carolin Tronceliti (6G, 4A)and Tara Puffenberger (5G, 6A) follow with 16 points apiece. Maddy Carpenter carries a 1.19 goals against average with four shutouts.
Last time Out
The Cardinals suffered their first BIG EAST Conference loss in a 6-0 decision at No. 4 Connecticut on Friday and then traveled to Brown where they fell 2-1 in overtime marking the first back-to-back losses of the season.
The Cardinals have outscored opponents 44-24 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 6-0 loss at No. 4 UConn snapped the Cardinals' 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.
Cards in the record books
On Oct. 13, senior Erin Schneidtmiller registered a goal in the 2-1 loss to Brown and moved into the top 10 on the Cards' all-time scorers list. She now has 22 career goals and is tied for ninth with Tuli Lim (2007-10). She needs two more to move into a tie for eighth (with Jen Kastelic and Amber Thomas).
Junior Paige Monsen is currently tied for 10th on the school's all-time assists list. Her 16 career assists are tied with Olivia Netzler. She needs one more to move into a tie for eighth with Kim Hughes and April White.
Louisville ranked No. 17 in NFHCA poll
Louisville is No. 17 in the Oct. 15 National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings, slipping three spots from their Cards' highest showing of the season after dropping a pair of games to then-No. 4 UConn and Brown.
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 (12th - 8.71), goals per game (14th - 3.14), scoring average (13th - 3.12), scoring margin (16th - 1.42), winning percentage (14th - .714) and assists per game (13th - 2.43).
The Cardinals will hit the road to face BIG EAST opponent Villanova on Oct. 27.