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Monday, September 9, 2019

Field Hockey beats Mich St. -- Women's Golf tees it up today -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


A three-goal second half propelled #12 Louisville Field Hockey past Spartie yesterday in East Lansing. 

The Cards began the scoring very early in the match -- 35 seconds into action. Madison Walsh set up freshman Mattie Tabor and it was 1-0 before most people had a chance to sit down from the playing of the National Anthem. It would be the only Cardinal goal of the first two quarters, though....MSU countered about ten minutes later to tie it. 

Louisville was getting plenty of shots off in the first half (an 11-3) advantage, but...Spartan goalkeeper Jade Arundell was managing to keep the Cards at bay. 

The Cards came out fresh and confident after the half those and, once again, showed the quick strike capabilities with their second goal of the game just 3:35 into third quarter action. Margot Lawn recovered a missed attempt by Walsh and guided it back into the net. It was great to see "Lawn back on the pitch", after taking a deflected ball to the face in the Cards game against Kent State last Wednesday and having to leave the contest. 

The third quarter was quite the one-sided affair. Louisville held a 10-1 shot edge in those 15 minutes and found further success when they were awarded a penalty corner and Meche Pastor unleashed a rocket netward that was blocked but successfully rebounded by Carter Ayars and sent past the pipes. Ayars' second goal of the season made it 3-1 UofL with three minutes left in the third.

The Cards capped off the scoring with 15 seconds left in the game when Pastor sent a stroke soaring past the outstretched Arundell for the 4-1 final margin.

A huge 24-4 shots attempted margin favoring UofL. A 14-2 blowout with shots on goal by the Cards. Give MSU goalkeep Arundell credit, this could have been a lot worse for the Big 10 school...she had 10 saves.

Back between the pipes for Louisville, Hollyn Barr got the start and played all 60 minutes. Not much action for the red-shirt junior...just two shots on goal in 60 minutes. Sam Minrath did not see playing time guarding the net in this one...for those of you following the "tale of two goalies" scenario on the squad. 

A quick turn-around awaits our "flock"...they take the field again this morning at 11 a.m. against UC Davis in East Lansing. These California Aggies have been in East Lansing since Wednesday and played twice...losing to MSU 2-1 and beating Ball State 2-1. 

No TV for this one but you can follow along at Sidearm stats for updates or follow Field Hockey on Twitter at @ulfieldhockey 


The Lauren Hartlage reign of terror begins with UofL women's golf in Minnesota for a two-day event at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury Minnesota.

The event is the Minnesota Invitational and the Cards will face 13 other teams, including intra-state rival UK, plus, Miami (FL), and Virginia Tech from the ACC. 

Starting five-some for the Cards is Hartlage, Mairead Martin, Hana Ryskova, Margot Bechadergue and Delaney Shah. Playing as an individual (and, don't we all at times?) is Lauren Thibodeau. Ryskova is a freshman from the Czech Republic. 

36 holes today and 18 tomorrow for the Cards chip-and-putt crew. It's the affable Whitney Wade Young' first outing as the Cards head coach. 

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Have a marvelous Monday! 



  1. What an international golf team! Five members are from countries other than the U.S. As a person who is lived in the Czech Republic, visited Germany and France and has Argentina and Ireland on their bucket list, I am glad these young women are at the University of Louisville.

  2. Shout out to Elena Della Donne for joining the mythical 50/40/90 club yesterday, and being the first WNBA player to do so. She shot 97.4% from the free throw line en route to the accomplishment.

  3. On the stoppage of Field Hockey at Kent State Saturday, Temple coach weighs in:

    Temple coach Susan Ciufo provided harsh criticism after the incident:

    "I think it's just where we're at with female sports. As much as we have come a long way, there's still a long way to go. Saturday is the perfect example. To kick off two Division I teams when they're about to go into double overtime for fireworks is just, it's beyond me. I think it's a disgrace to both programs, the families and the schools. I wish there was some better decision-making throughout the process in recognizing what this could mean in the bigger picture moving forward."

    There are reportedly no plans to resume the game on another date.


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