Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Louisville Field Hockey releases schedule -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
18 Games...11 top 20 opponents
No one could ever accuse Louisville Field Hockey head coach Justine Sowry of choosing an easy path. The 2017 Louisville Field Hockey schedule has been released and the StickCards will have nine home games out of the 18...and face 11 teams that finished in the top 20 last year.
The Cards will also host the 2017 ACC Tournament plus the NCAA D1 Field Hockey Championships. They may have to do some serious sledding to reach the finals in Trager Stadium in each event. Louisville brings in National Champions Delaware for a match and will travel to runner up North Carolina for an ACC contest.
Sowry is optimistic:
"There's a lot to be excited about this season. We're coming off a great spring with a lot of development and maturity both on and off the field. We bring in a talented and versatile freshmen group who will add depth and dimension to the roster.
Things get underway when Louisville brings Miami (OH) for an exhibition game on Aug. 19th. The regular season starts Aug 25th. with Indiana visiting and two days later Delaware comes to town. UofL takes to the road for two after that...visiting Ohio State and Kent State. American comes to town on Sept 8th. and then the Cards take off for a three game road trip...facing Maryland, Duke and Northwestern.
Late September features the Cards home for four contests...bringing in Wake Forest, James Madison, Syracuse and Central Michigan. They'll travel to Boston College, New Hampshire and North Carolina after that and end the regular season hosting Virginia, Michigan and Ohio.
The ACC Tournament begins Nov. 2nd and goes through Nov. 5th. Two weeks later, the NCAA Final Four takes place at Trager.
Springtime was successful for the Cards. With 14 returning players, Louisville went 6-0-2. It seemed like an audition for the Big 10 in some ways...the Cards defeating Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio St. and Iowa and tying Northwestern and Michigan. The Cards also beat Kent St. and Miami, OH.
Returnees for Louisville include All-American goalkeeper Ayeshia McFerran and All-Regional team performers Minout Mink and Nicole Woods. Other key elements for Louisville in the upcoming season are Abby Grimes, Carter Ayars and Taylor Stone.
Sowry was pleased with the overall effort in the spring:
"All of the players contributed and showed growth while gaining confidence," said Sowry. "All three seniors stepped their leadership to another level. I'm sure there is the extra motivation that we are hosting the ACC Championship and the NCAA Championship. Everyone truly believes that we have a team that can win a championship, but also understands that there is a long way to go between now and then, but everyone is on board to do something very special next season."