Louisville field hockey pulled off the unthinkable last night with a 3-1 win over #1 North Carolina. Margot Lawn's open net goal in the final seconds was the dagger on a game that left the field hockey world in disbelief.
North Carolina came into the match on a 47-game win streak dating back to November of 2017. The two-time defending champion Tar Heels were fresh off a 2019 NCAA Championship and were a heavy favorite to repeat.
"It's certainly nice to be that team that beat such a terrific team and legendary coach. I'm really proud," said head coach Justine Sowry.
UofL took an early lead with three minutes remaining in the first quarter on Mercedes Pastor's team-leading third goal of the season. The goal was set up on a UofL corner that was inserted by Alli Bitting and received by Meghan Schneider.
Shortly before halftime the Cards added to the lead. Pastor fed the ball into the box to Margot Lawn, who deflected up and into the cage past the UNC keeper.
Coming out of the half, the Tar Heels relied on fancy stickwork during an advantage to cut into the lead.
With seven minutes remaining in the game, North Carolina pulled their goalkeeper to bring in an extra offensive player, leaving an open goal. UofL took advantage on a fast break with six seconds remaining as Aimee Plumb fed the ball to Lawn, who laid the ball perfectly in the cage.
The win improves Louisville's record to 3-0 on the year, all at home. They close out their home season on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., against Boston College.
by Jared Anderson
Louisville field hockey opened their season at home with a two-game series against Duke. The Cards took both wins, 3-0 and 3-1.
Last year's offensive star, Mercedes "Mechi" Pastor scored the first goal of the season in the second quarter. The senior took in a pass from Mattie Tabor and took a shot from dead center in front of the cage to the post and past the Duke goalkeeper.
Coming out of halftime, Louisville jumped on top of the Blue Devils with two scores in a 2:25 span.
Minna Tremonti sent a pass across the cage to an open Charlie van Oirschot, who scored her first career goal.
Pastor added to her totals with a second score moments later. Madison Walsh took a shot that was defended by Duke's Piper Hampsch, but Pastor was in the right place to knock the rebound in.
Louisville outshot Duke 10-5, and had seven shots on goal.
Keeper Hollyn Barr recorded a shutout that featured three saves.
In game two, Louisville took the win in similar fashion.
Erica Cooper scored with less than a minute remaining until halftime after a blocked shot by Pastor.
Duke would answer moments later with the equalizer as the Louisville defense got caught offguard.
Louisville regained the lead in the third quarter after the ball ended up by the stick of Katie Schneider following a scramble for the ball in the circle.
Emilia Kaczmarczyk scored her first goal four minutes later off a penalty corner. Alli Bitting sent the ball into play to Meghan Schneider, who set Kaczmarczyk up with a perfect shot.
Barr saw four shots on goal and saved three of them, moving her total to six on the year.
Only the first game of the series counted in terms of conference play. The Cards finished the weekend 2-0 with a 1-0 start in the ACC.
They remain home this weekend when they host North Carolina and Boston College.
Louisville women's soccer opened their season at Miami, and walked away with a 3-0 win.
The Cards took no time picking up where they left off last year. Emina Ekic found Delaney Snyder in the box, who juked the Miami goalkeeper for an open net just 6:30 into the match.
Ekic dribbled up the pitch and sent a shot across the box for her first goal of the year to put the Cards up at the 15' mark.
A little over four minutes later, Ekic was at it again. She fought through defenders with strong maneuvering to get a shot off the left foot into the right corner of the net.
Louisville would take the 3-0 lead into halftime and never relinquish it.
The second half remained quiet as each team swapped out players to rest starters and get in-game experience for the bench. Each team saw a couple good looks, but no one managed a shot on goal.
Gabby Kouzelous started the season with a shutout, a good start to another bid for a season over sub-1.00 goals per match.
Louisville starts the season 1-0 and will travel to Florida State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
UofL has paused four fall sports for two weeks due to an outbreak of COVID-19. 29 members across men's soccer, women's soccer, field hockey, and volleyball tested positive recently. Many more student-athletes were traced back to have come in contact as well.
Louisville released the news that the outbreak came from an off-campus party. Names of those who tested positive and all those who were in attendance have not been released.
Team members who did not test positive may return to workouts beginning Aug. 10. Those who tested positive will be in quarantine and will be retested before being permitted to return to workouts and team activities.
We often talk about the on-field successes of student-athletes at Louisville, but there is a major portion of them that we do not see. Although academics are not as publicized, UofL student-athletes constantly receive academic accolades.
A total of 413 student-athletes at UofL were named to the ACC Honor Roll for the 2019-2020 academic year, a school record.
The requirement to make the list is to finish with a 3.0 GPA or better. Overall, the ACC had 5610 student-athletes recognized.
Below is a list of number of ACC Honor Roll recipients by sport:
Men's Basketball (7)
Women's Basketball (12)
Men's Cross Country (7)
Women's Cross Country (7)
Field Hockey (22)
Men's Golf (9)
Women's Golf (7)
Men's Soccer (19)
Women's Soccer (24)
Men's Swimming and Diving (20)
Women's Swimming and Diving (27)
Men's Tennis (12)
Women's Tennis (7)
Men's Track and Field (16)
Women's Track and Field (26)
Louisville softball is sending Paige Schindler and Jordyn Wolfe to the inaugural Florida Gulf Coast League this summer. In a time where seasons were cut short due to COVID-19, this will be an opportunity to allow many of the student-athletes to get extra playing time in 2020.
The Florida Gulf Coast League will see a 30-game season for baseball and 25-game season for softball. All games will be held in Sarasota, Fla., where many MLB teams go for spring training.
The season is set to begin June 18, with a three-day minicamp beforehand.
Both Schindler and Wolfe will play for the Manatee Squeeze.
Schindler is a rising senior at Louisville who saw time as a relief pitcher. She has also been a pinch runner in games, due to her speed. Schindler delivered the final strikeout in a bases loaded situation to help the Cards get an early season win.
Wolfe is a rising senior and was a starting outfielder for the Cards. Wolfe was third on the team with a .324 batting average. She played a big part in a 4-3 win against Illinois with a multi-hit performance.
All games will be aired through StreamLiveTampa. You can see the entire schedule here.
The NCAA has allowed student-athletes in football, men's basketball, and women's basketball to return to campus at the beginning of June. Some of the requirements include self-quarantining for 14 days and undergoing COVID-19 testing.
For Louisville, the student-athletes will go to a drive-up testing facility at Cardinal Stadium. Over 100 student-athletes, coaches, and staff are expected to be tested in the first wave.
Once completed and cleared, student-athletes will be able to begin voluntary workout without coaches present.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Behind 26 points from Jordan Nwora and 23 from Steven Enoch, the Louisville Cardinals demolished the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 99-67. They jumped out to a big halftime lead and managed to maintain through the end of the game.
The Cardinals shot 63 percent from the field in both halves. They hit 6 of 12 beyond the arc in the first half. Nwora led both teams with 17 points; and hit all three of his three-point buckets. The Cardinals were also strong in the paint, scoring 20 of their 50 first-half points in the paint. After the first half, Louisville led 50-32.
Steven Enoch was strong in the second. He had 14 points, and only missed one shot. Nwora also had nine. 22 of Louisville’s 49 points were in the paint. The Cardinals ended the game with a layup by Aidan Igiehon and two free
throws from Josh Nickelberry.
34 of Louisville’s points were off of turnovers. 42 were in the paint. 12 were off of a fast break.
Louisville’s next game is against Miami (OH). It is Wednesday, December 18th, at 8:30 pm. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network. It is the final game before a matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington.
--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville volleyball is headed to its fifth Sweet Sixteen in program history. The Cards will square up against 2-seed Texas on Friday at 4:00 p.m., ET.
Lone senior Melanie McHenry went down with an ACL injury in the back half of the season and the Cards struggled to close out the year. Postseason has been a different story. They took down Samford 3-0 in the first round and upset regional host Western Kentucky 3-2 in the second round. Louisville sits at 25th in the rpi.
2-seed Texas is 23-3 on the year. All three losses came on the road in five sets to NCAA Tournament teams including 1-seed Baylor and 4-seed Stanford. The tied with Baylor for a share of the Big 12 title with a 15-1 conference record.
This is Louisville's 28th NCAA Tournament appearance. This is their third straight appearance and 20th in the last 22 years.
--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville joined Michigan State, Kentucky, and Duke has teams to reach the #1 ranking this year. Their story, however, was different. Unlike their predecessors, the Cards won will sitting atop the rankings.
In a game that started slow and took time to gain momentum, #1 Louisville defeated #4 Michigan 58-43.
Jordan Nwora led Louisville with a double-double, posting 22 points and 12 rebounds. Steven Enoch also finished with a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dwayne Sutton was a force on the glass, bringing in 11 rebounds.
The Cards didn't shoot great from the field, just 36.7% overall and 21.1% from three-point range, and struggled from the free throw line at 55.6%. They did limit turnovers to just eight.
Michigan, a team that prides itself on being an excellent three-point shooting team, shot 3-19 (15.8%) from deep. Jon Teske was the only Wolverine in double-figures with 18 points.
Louisville led 28-18 at halftime for a quiet half. Although the second half didn't see a lot more scoring the Cards did outscore the Wolverines 30-25.
Michigan was held below 50 points for the first time in three years.
Louisville sits atop the polls for the first time since 2013, when they defeated Michigan 82-76.
Louisville improves to 8-0 and begins ACC play when Pittsburgh visits on Friday night at 9:00 p.m.