ACC Championship is Tougher Than NCAA Championship
Trager Stadium is the host site for the 2017 ACC Field Hockey Championship. Louisville is the 3-seed. All seven teams in the ACC automatically qualify for the conference tournament with the 1-seed receiving a first round bye.
The Cards finished with a 4-2 conference record, the highest win total since joining the ACC. Their two losses came at home against Virginia and on the road against Duke. The loss to the Cavaliers was by one in the final minutes. The Cards were shutout in their 5-0 loss to the Blue Devils.
Games begin on Thursday with the following schedule:
Thursday 11:00 a.m. - Game 1: #5 North Carolina vs. #4 Wake Forest 1:30 p.m. - Game 2: #7 Boston College vs. #2 Duke 4:00 p.m. - Game 3: #6 Syracuse vs. #3 Louisville
Friday 12:00 p.m. - #1 Virginia vs. Game 1 Winner 2:30 p.m. - Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner
Saturday No Games
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - ACC Championship
Coach Sowry stated in her press conference on Wednesday that it is harder to win an ACC Championship than it is an NCAA Championship with all seven ACC teams having a good shot at taking the trophy.
Louisville's Thursday match-up against Syracuse is a rematch from their late September game. The Cards stole the win in double overtime on Taylor Stone's penalty stroke. With no time remaining in regulation Madison Walsh evened the score on a penalty corner. The win marks the fourth time the Cards have defeated the Orange in 14 tries.
Syracuse is one of 11 opponents (out of an 18 game season) in the top 15 the Cards faced. All ACC teams, including Louisville, are a part of the top 15. Louisville will rely heavily on their home field advantage to take on the tough opposition.
Single day tickets are $5. Students with a valid ACC ID receive free admission.