One of the most underrated programs at the University of Louisville is the field hockey team. This non-revenue sport is one of the lowest attended sports in the athletics program, but has produced some of the highest success.
The Louisville field hockey program has not had a losing season since 1999. That means this program has had a winning season every season since that start of this millennium! Not only has the program seen 17 straight winning seasons, Coach Sowry has stacked the schedule every year since her reign in 2011 with ranked teams.
Key Losses Erin McCrudden- She was credited with 18 assists her senior year and received a handful of ACC awards. Shannon Sloss- The forward scored five goals her senior year and dished out two assists. Lotta Kahlert- A co-captain her senior year, Kahlert filled up the stat sheet all four seasons with the Cards.
Top Returners Minout Mink- Minnie Mink scored 15 goals as a freshman and hopes to score even more this season to lead the offense. Ayeisha McFerran- This All-American powers the defense in the goalkeeper position. She recorded six saves last season and allowed 1.27 goals per game last season. Marigrace Ragsdale- Headed into her senior season, Ragsdale compliments Mink and should lead the team in assists this year. Nicole Woods- Another senior on the team, Ragsdale can score and dish out assists. She is a threat in the midfield.
Preview With such tough competition every year losses are expected. However, the RPI and strength of schedule prevent multiple losses from hurting the Cards too much.
Most of the offense from last season returns and is more experienced as the players see more action. The defense will have some new faces, but McFerran is a brick wall at goalkeeper and will keep opposing offenses in check.]
This team set a record for best start in school history and they have the potential to do it again, even if the road is tough.
Jared's Prediction vs Indiana - Win vs Delaware - Loss @ Ohio State - Win @ Kent State - Win vs American - Win @ Maryland - Loss @ Duke - Loss @ Northwestern - Win vs Wake Forest - Win vs James Madison - Win vs Syracuse - Loss vs Central Michigan - Win @ Boston College - Loss @ New Hampshire - Win @ North Carolina - Loss vs Virginia - Win vs Michigan - Win vs Ohio- Win
Louisville won't win on the road against some Top 10 opponents, nor will they defeat reigning runner-up North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Reigning National champion Delaware visits Trager Field early in the season and will be UofL's first loss.
Besides Louisville, 17 other teams were in the NCAA Tournament last year. Of those 17 teams 10 are on the 2017 schedule for the Cards.
If Louisville goes 12-6 they are a sure-in for the tournament