Oct. 25, 2013
The No. 14 University of Louisville field hockey team will travel to Villanova for a BIG EAST Conference matchup Sunday at 12 p.m.
About Louisville: UofL enters the weekend with a 12-4 overall record and ranked No. 14 in the NFHCA poll. The Cards carry a 4-1 record in BIG EAST Conference play and stand tied for second with Old Dominion.
The Cardinals are led offensively by senior Erin Schneidtmiller and junior Alyssa Voelmle's 19 points (8G, 3A). Freshman Shannon Sloss rounds out the top three scorers with 17 points (8G, 1A). Junior Paige Monsen and sophomore Elisa Garcia have eight assists apiece.
Current BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King carries a 1.52 goals-against average with 75 saves and three shutouts while playing every minute of every game.
Cards vs. the opponents
Sunday, Oct. 27, Villanova, Pa. - 12:00 p.m.
Series record: UofL leads 7-2
Last Meeting: Oct. 20, 2012 - UofL won 3-1 at Trager Stadium.
Scouting the Wildcats: Villanova enters the weekend with a 3-10 overall record and an 0-5 mark in BIG EAST Conference play and tied for seventh in league standings. Villanova is coming off of a 2-1 loss at conference opponent Providence.
The Wildcats are led offensively by Maddy Harding who has 15 points and six goals. Jessica Swoboda follows closely with 15 points (5G, 5A).
Last time out
The Cards rebounded from their first back-to-back losses of the season with a 2-0 weekend at home. Louisville picked up a crucial BIG EAST Conference win with a 2-1 double OT decision against Rutgers and boosted their national ranking with a 2-0 victory over No. 11 Northwestern on Sunday.
The Cardinals have outscored opponents 48-25 on the season with 14 players having scored at least one goal and 16 of the 20 field players registering at least one point.
Louisville is now 3-1 in overtime games this season.
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.
King Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week; Schneidtmiller selected to league honor roll
Goalkeeper Sydney King was named BIG EAST Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21. Erin Schneidtmiller was selected to the league's weekly honor roll.
King, a sophomore from Newport Beach, Calif., helped the Cardinals to a 2-0 week, which included a 2-0 win against No. 11 Northwestern. She made a career-high 10 stops in the win over the Wildcats. King posted seven saves in a 2-1 double-overtime win against Rutgers, including two critical stops in overtime. She currently has a 1.52 goals against average for the season.
Schneidtmiller, a senior from Louisville, Ky., scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 double-overtime triumph versus Rutgers and added an assist in a 2-0 win over No. 11 Northwestern.
Louisville ranked No. 14 in NFHCA poll
Louisville is No. 14 in the Oct. 22 National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings after beating Rutgers 2-1 and No. 11 Northwestern 2-0. The Cards move up up three spots from last week and have matched their highest showing of season.
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 (18th - 8.31), goals per game (17th - 3.00), scoring average (18th - 2.91), scoring margin (17th - 1.40), winning percentage (9th - .750) and assists per game (18th - 2.31) and penalty corners per game (18th - 7.75).
The Cardinals will wrap up the regular season with a pair of games at Trager Stadium. Louisville will play host to BIG EAST foe Providence on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. and the Cards will celebrate senior day on Nov. 3 against Kent State.