Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Louisville Field Hockey offers talent and youth for 2015 -- Tuesday Cardinal Couple
SEVEN FRESHMEN, FIVE SOPHOMORES ON 2015 FIELD HOCKEY ROSTER.
If UofL Field Hockey head coach Justine Sowry is observed walking around humming the late fifties hit Whatever Happened to That Old Gang Of Mine...one could hardly blame her.
Gone are six key players from the 2014 squad that defeated Duke and UNC and went to the NCAA Tournament. The efforts of Mallory Mason, Becca Maddock, Sydney King, Paige Monson, Rachel McCarthy and Hannah Boyle will not be soon forgotten in terms of their leadership and play for arguably Coach Sowry's best squad ever at UofL.
Jumping in to potentially fill those shoes are seven freshmen with a wealth of skills of their own. They'll mix with the 14 returnees on the 2015 team to take the Cards into action this Saturday against Iowa in an exhibition at Trager.
It could be tougher to do than last season. Scoring threats Elisa "Chile" Garcia, Shannon Sloss, Lotta Kahlert and Nicole Woods return for Louisville and they did account for 23 of Louisville's 58 goals last season. They're the probables to score points for the Cards this season and Sowry will look to returning forwards and midfielders Hailey Netherton and Katherine Gwynee-Wood and several freshmen to augment the balls-in-the-back-of-the net possibilities.
Defensively is where the Cards may struggle...breaking in a new goal keeper in either Elina Pereira or freshman Ayeisha McFerran from Northern Ireland. McFerran led Ireland to the gold in the World II championships this spring.
Senior Victoria Stratton will be essential in one of the defensive back slots and Sowry will look to returnees Erin McCrudden, Gianna Perrone, Abby Grimes and freshmen Maria Gomez and Taylor Stone to fill in the other spots.
It all gets underway this weekend with the opening exhibition against Iowa on Saturday and the Alumni game exhibition Sunday. Start time Saturday is 11:30...so the CARDINAL COUPLE crew will be rolling a bit late after our broadcast ends at noon.
A sincere and heartfelt "thanks" from Sonja and I to all who texted, called, e-mailed or had us in their thoughts about our recent family issues with the illness of my mother-in-law. She has been released from the hospital and we'll go from there.
Also thanks to Worldwide, who jumped in and covered the Monday article. Another clutch performance by a guy who excels at them.