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.