CARDS FH BEAT CARDS FH ON SENIOR DAY 4-0
It was Field Hockey's version of the "battle of the birds" Sunday at Trager Stadium on the UofL campus and Louisville's Cardinals shut out the visiting Ball State Cardinals from Muncie, IN. with four goals by four different players.
It was Senior Day and seven UofL student-athletes were honored for their achievements at UofL. Kelsey McCrudden, Emilia Kaczmarczyk, Minna Tremonti, Mattie Tabor, Julie Kouijzer, India Reed and Sasha Elliott were escorted onto the field with their parents and each was presented a bouquet of flowers in a pre-game ceremony. We've been told a few of these may be returning for a fifth year -- I guess time will tell -- but these seven, along with Katie Schneider, have proven to be one of the best ever senior classes for Louisville Field Hockey.
#6 ranked, Louisville's head coach Justine Sowry's "Flock" (12-3, 1-3) took a close contest after three quarters and started scoring, seemingly at will, in the final stanza. A scoreless first quarter evolved into a second quarter goal by junior Aimee Plumb 90 seconds into the second stanza on a penalty stroke. It was Plumb's sixth goal of the season, and, although the Cards kept firing away at BSU goalkeeper Hannah Johnston, the squads went to halftime with Louisville still holding that 1-0 lead. The Cards had dominated offensively, with 11 shots, compared to none for the visitors.
That 1-0 lead held through the third quarter as well, despite Louisville getting five penalty corners and trying three more shots on Johnston.
Louisville broke loose for three goals in the final quarter, all within a seven-minute time frame. Rylie Wollerton scored the first goal of the fourth when she received a long pass from McCrudden, worked her way into the circle and fired a shot past Johnston.
Three minutes later, Mattie Tabor set up Mia Duchars and the St. Louis, MO native made it 3-0 UofL. Finally, with less than a minute left in the match, freshman Chloe Cuzzupe tallied the first score of her career by collecting a rebound off a penalty corner shot and pushed it into the net to set the final score at 4-0.
Louisville took a season high 22 shots, Ball State just four. 15 of them were shots on goal for the Cards.
Louisville heads to New York next week, for matches against Syracuse and Cornell.
POST GAME: INTERVIEWS:
VOLLEYCARDS TAKE WAKE IN FOUR SETS
An hour before Field Hockey started, Louisville Volleyball was in action in the LNFCU against Wake Forest. The #2 ranked VolleyCards (17-1, 8-0) exorcised the Demon Deacons 25-16, 25-15, 26-28, 25-20.
Aiko Jones had a impressive showing against the Winston-Salem school with 20 kills and two service aces. She had plenty of help at the net, with Claire Chaussee delivering 15 kills, Amaya Tillman getting a career high 14 kills and Nena Mbonu getting a season-high 11 kills. A special afternoon for Claire, as she got the 1,000th kill of her career.
Lola Arslanbekova holds the career high for kills for the Cards, recording 2145. Lola played from 2009-12.
The Cards started the first set a bit slowly, trailing 9-5 before four straight Cardinals points tied it up. From there on, it was a Louisville romp, the Cards outscoring the Demon Deacons 12-7 to take the set. An 8-0 run to end it, with Raquel Lazaro doing the serving.
UofL stayed hot in the second set, jumping out to a 8-3 lead and necessitating a Wake timeout. The Cards continued to increase the led and eventually built it to 19-7. Wake would outscore Louisville 8-6 the rest of the set but Louisville was never in any danger and took the nine-point win.
Wake trailed Louisville for a lot of the third set, first at 7-4, 15-12 and 20-13. At that point, the Deacs rallied and eventually tied it up at 23-23. After ties at 25-25 and 26-26, Wake grabbed a 27-26 lead and a Chaussee missed kill attempt gave the third set to the visitors.
UofL started out hot in the fourth set and grabbed a 10-5 lead. A timeout for them sparked a 5-1 run and the rally led to a Louisville timeout. The Cards build leads of 17-12 and 21-16 after that and two Jones kills made it 24-19. Tillman delivered the final kill for set and match.
The Cards hit the road for two next week, the first one being in Charlottesville against Virginia on Friday.
Two impressive wins by UofL's two top ten programs on Sunday. A weekend "sweep" by both sports. Field Hockey has three matches left before they enter post-season play. Volleyball has 10 before they get their NCAA Tournament assignment. We look forward to them all.
Photos by Jared Anderson