Reigning NCAA Champion North Carolina is the heavy favorite as preseason #1. Duke is ranked 3rd and was the only other team that received first place votes. Wake Forest is the other ACC team in the top 10 coming in at 10th. Virginia and Boston College sandwich UofL at 11th and 13th, respectively. Syracuse caps off the conference, coming in at 18th.
This is the 65th straight week that UofL has been in the rankings. They've reached as high as 8th. At the end of last season the Cards were ranked 12th and somehow managed to get snubbed from the 18-team tournament. If they can improve on the 13-6 record from a year ago they should have no problem getting around the politics and make the Big Dance for the 5th time in Sowry's nine years.
From most accounts and the chatter we've heard, the switch is getting approval from the players and coaches. Coach Sowry likes the switch over and even some of the alumnae we interviewed recently approve of the change.
Louisville Field Hockey starts the regular season at home this Friday at 3:00 against Indiana. They're also home on Sunday at noon against Massachusetts. Admission is free. Just be wary of the halftime water cannons at the half. .
In other scheduling notes, women's soccer (2-0) takes on Saint Louis tomorrow night at 7:30. This game does require a ticket to enter. Paulie will provide a preview on the 1-1 Billikens tomorrow. Maybe he can also explain to us what a Billiken is?
Cardinal Couple coverage of the Cards vs. St. Louis match will be lessened by one, since Case Hoskins will be at a work function
Paulie will be reporting and watching from the press box and I'll be on the sidelines taking pictures and trying to refrain from illegal field participation while attempting to assist the ball girls.
Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!