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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday Cardinal Couple - All Syd/Sid Team


Paulie likes to talk about his all-name team, with Hall of Fame All-Namer Precious Person who was with the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team (she's transferring, no word as to where she has landed).  I thought I'd go with a bit more specific team, though.

I'm not sure what it is about the syllable "Syd" (or Sid or other variants), but it seems to have been popular 18-20 years ago.  So here is the Cardinal Couple/Worldwide All-Syd Team.


We have to, of course, start with Cardinal Couple favorite Sydney Brackemyre.  Syd the Kyd is a 6'1" freshman forward for the women's basketball team out of Clinton Massie High School in Wilmington, OH.  Perhaps the youngest of the All-Syd Team, having arrived on campus this year as a 17 year old, Syd joins a packed house of talent with Jeff Walz, but is the only Syd on the team.  Don't despair for the Basketball Team, though, Sam seems to be the popular name on the hardwood.

Syd may also be the only UofL WBB player that has worn two sets of braces at one time on the team...a set on her teeth and a set on her knee after surgery. Thankfully, both have been removed now.


From the youngest, to the oldest.  Sydney King is a Redshirt Junior goalkeeper on the Field Hockey team
Still likely celebrating a program-changing victory, Sydney gets plenty of attention by being a veritable wall in front of the goal at Trager Stadium, including two stops in the win over top ranked UNC.  Field Hockey also sports just the one Syd, but they do have a couple of DuFours, twins Anna and Rene.

(Be sure to hear her post-game interview after defeating UNC @ CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO this Saturday)


Sophomore Sydney Cooper graces the Volleyball team as a Middle Blocker out of Woodward Academy in Atlanta, GA.  At 6'0", she has the height and the hops.  She has plenty of competition in the middle though, a position where UofL Volleyball is deep and powerful.  Volleyball doesn't have any duplicate names, though I expect another Georgiafandis to join the team any day now.

Szydlowski, Melton and Benz

The mother load of Syd names is found on the Softball team, and they're all freshmen.

Alison Szydlowski
Up first is Alison Szydlowski, the "Szyd" is pronounced "Sid", and she uses "Sid" as her nickname, because....
of course she does.  A 5'5" infielder out of Seckman High School in Imperial MO.  Szydlowski clearly earns the Most Creatively Spelled superlative of the All-Syd team.

Next is Sidney Melton, the only Sid on the All-Syd team.  Also an infielder, Melton is a 5'7" infielder out of Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, OH.

Last, but certainly not least is Sydney Benz.  Yes, Sydney is an infielder as well.  Benz is 5'5" and hails from Carol Stream, IL, just outside of Chicago where she attended Glenbard North High School.  Benz played and contributed well in fall ball for Softball Sunday, taking a line drive to her left shoulder while playing first base, knocked down a line drive with her bare hand to make a play, and advanced in one of her at-bats by being hit by a pitch.  We here at The Cardinal Couple hope the bruises fade soon.

In an effort to corner the market on duplicated names, Softball also sports two Brittanys, Sims and Duncan.  Sims is listed as a 5'2" junior outfielder but was, I believe, spotted playing second base Sunday.  Duncan is a 5'9" senior first baseman and slugger who joined the Cardinal squad last year as transfer from Valparaiso.

Other non-Syd Duplicate Names

While the Rowing squad doesn't have any Syds, they do have an interesting name duplicate.  We mentioned on the Cardinal Couple radio show in the spring the presence in the third varsity eight boat of Lauren and Nicole Ditommaso.  Nicole and Lauren are unaware of any family relation between them.



Looking for a little afternoon delight today? Why not head down to Trager Stadium and watch the UofL Field Hockey team in action against Ohio State? Game time is 3 p.m. The Cards are coming off the monumental upset of #1 UNC Saturday. The Cards will most certainly move up from their #14 ranking in the NCAA polls due to be released later today. Although Ohio State isn't currently ranked, they always play Louisville tough. Admission for Louisville Field Hockey is free. GO FLOCK!!!!

Ohio State
Tuesday, Sept. 23, Trager Stadium - 3 p.m.
Series Record: OSU leads 16-7
Last Meeting: Oct. 1, 2013: Louisville won 6-3 at Ohio State. Alyssa Voelmle had two goals and an assist and senior Erin Schneidtmiller added two goals to help lead then-No. 17 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 6-3 win over host Ohio State.
Scouting the Buckeyes: Ohio State (3-4) is coming off of a 9-1 win over Appalachian State. Prior to that, OSU fell 4-3 to No. 16 Michigan State in overtime in their Big Ten opener.
• The Buckeyes are led offensively by Maddy Humphrey who has 19 points (7G, 5A).
• OSU is coached by Anne Wilkinson who is in her 19th season at the helm.
Series Note:
In four of the last five meetings between Louisville and Ohio State, the game has been decided by one goal and has gone into overtime three times.
Last five meetings:
Oct. 14, 2009 - at Ohio State: Ohio State 2 - Louisville 1 (OT)
Sept. 8, 2008 - at Louisville: Ohio State 4 - Louisville 2 (2OT)
Oct. 4, 2011 - at Ohio State: Ohio State 2 - Louisville 1
Oct. 22, 2012 - at Louisville: Louisville 4 - Ohio State 3 (OT)
Oct. 1, 2013 - at Ohio State: Louisville 6 - Ohio State 3


Louisville women's golf is hanging in there after the first day of competition in Colorado. Fore (or four) is the Cardinals' standing after 18 holes. 

TEAM STANDINGS (top five) 

1. Pepperdine - 284; 2. Tennessee - 285; 3. Campbell - 290; t-4. Louisville - 293; t-4. Denver - 293
t-9. Laura Restrepo - 72; t-13. Katie Mitchell - 73; t-21. Katie Petrino - 74; t-21. Shannon Gramley - 74; t-43. Emily Haas - 77



  1. Anyone following Team USA? Four ex-Uconn starters today and another on the bench with tons of playing time who also happens to be a Junior in college. And Skylar got cut? What a joke!

    1. Here's the roster:

      Sue Bird, who won gold in 2002 and 2010 and a bronze medal in 2006, named to the 2014 USA World Championship Team were: three-time USA World Championship Team member Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), a member of the 2006 and 2010 U.S. teams; 2010 USA World Championship Team gold medalists Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Angel McCoughtry(Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx); 2006 bronze medalist Seimone Augustus(Minnesota Lynx); as well as Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock) and Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), who will be competing in their first FIBA World Championship.

      Geno's the head coach, so the preference of UConn players isn't all that surprising. The fact that they lost a game in pre-lims is. You might make an argument for keeping Diggins and cutting Sims...but Stewart's game is all that and I think she deserves a spot on this roster. Just my opinion.


    2. Hard to argue with Taurasi, Moore and Charles. And I agree with Paulie - Stewart would have been a WNBA all-star had she been able to turn pro after her freshman year.

  2. Wasn't saying they shouldn't be on the team. Just suspicious because they all start. Spread the love, Geno!


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