Maisie Whitsett Earns ACC Offensive Player of the Week
Whitsett scored two goals and recorded one assist in her Louisville debut when the Cards stormed past Wright State, 8-1. In the 2-1 overtime victory against Xavier, Whitsett scored the game-winner when her header sailed into the night after a cross from Allison Whitfield.
It appears Emina Ekic might have a challenger to who will score the most goals this year. It's also encouraging to see a young player so highly motivated and providing a spark to the Louisville offense.
Maisie Whitsett 3
Emina Ekic 2
Delaney Snyder 2
Taylor Kerwin 1
Nadege L'Esperance 1
Kennadi Carbin 1
That list features two freshmen, three sophomores, and one senior. The success from the younger players is a promising sign for years to come.
Field Hockey Ranked No. 8 in Preseason Poll
The ranking extends the streak to 55 straight weeks the Cards have appeared in the Top 20 rankings, dating back to 2013. Off-season weeks are not included. Being ranked No. 8 ties the highest preseason ranking in Louisville history, topping previous program-best No. 9, which was set last season. Louisville closed out the 2017 season ranked No. 8.
Louisville was picked to finish third in the ACC this year. The other conference foes are also ranked in the Top 20 including No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Duke, No. 7 Virginia, No. 11 Syracuse, No. 13 Boston College, and No. 14 Wake Forest. Seven of the top 14 in the nation in the ACC. Impressive.
With 10 of Louisville's 18 opponents being ranked in the Top 25 they have one of the toughest schedules in all of field hockey this year. Games at Trager Stadium feature free admission. The National Championship will be held at Trager Stadium for the second straight year and will be the only time this year that there will be an admission cover. Field Hockey is the only fall women's sports team with a top 10 rankings. Come out and support "The Stick Girls".
What Day Is It
Los Angeles is sometimes called "City of the Angels". How did the city get that moniker? It wasn't because of the baseball team. "los angeles" is Spanish for "the angels". And now you know.
Won't you "be an angel" and read Cardinal Couple every day?
Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!
- Jared -