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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Field Hockey downs UC Davis in O.T. -- Golf shortened to 36 holes -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


After four quarters and sixty minutes of play, the #12 ranked University of Louisville Field Hockey team and UC Davis found themselves locked in a 1-1 tie in East Lansing yesterday. With no worries of the Michigan State administration of coming in and stopping the contest for fireworks, the squads took to the pitch for a "first score wins contest overtime"" session. 

It was Bethany Russ, junior attacker from Melbourne, Australia, who took the Cards to 5-0 on the season, when she saw a gap in the UC defense and guided a sot into the net in the sixth minutes of the bonus hockey for the game winner. The Cards had survived a penalty corner attempt by the California school a few minutes earlier to regain possession and drive down the pitch for the score. 

Statistically speaking, this one looked like it should have been a much larger win for UofL.  The Cards had 29 shots in the contest...the Aggies just two. 16 of those were "on goal", compared to just two for UCD. Russ alone had a eye-popping 13 shots, six on goal for Louisville. 

It took a fourth quarter goal by UofL just to force the extra session, The Aggies scored just nine minutes into the contest and that goal held sway until the fourth quarter...when senior Whena Munn (Wellington, New Zealand) took a feed from Mercedes Pastor (Buenos Aires, Argentina) at the start of the fourth quarter and drove the ball past UC Davis goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow to tie it. 

Speaking of goalkeeping, it was Sam Minrath, red-shirt freshman from Louisville's Christian Academy, who drew the start in front of the pipes. She played the first half and redshirt junior Hollyn Barr (Lancaster, PA) protected the net in the second half and overtime. Bigelow probably deserves a hard-hat or golden shovel for collecting 14 saves against UofL. 

The Cards next to Columbus, OH next for Sunday against Ohio State. It'll be the third Big 10 opponent Louisville has faced this season, the Cards previously downing Indiana and Michigan State earlier this year. OSU is 3-1 coming into the match, their only loss coming to ACC member and #11 ranked Virginia 2-1 in Charlottesville last time out. 


Rainy conditions in Woodbury, Minnesota shortened the planned 36 holes of golf yesterday to just 18 and Louisville finds themselves in 10th. place as the 15 squads hope to get in another 18 holes today. 

Cardinal golfer Delaney Shah equaled her career-low for the 18 with a 4-under 68. She is two strokes behind the event leader. 

Lauren Hartlage navigated the wet and windy conditions with a 2-over-par 74. Freshman Hana Ryskova sits one back of Hartlage at 75. It wasn't the best of rounds for the Cards other two starters...Margot Bechadergue finished at 80 and Mairead Martin carded an 81. Playing as an individual, Lauren Thibodeau toured the course with an even-par 72. 

Kentucky leads after 18 holes with a team score of 288 (par). UofL finished at 297. 

They'll start today at 11 a.m. and you can follow the stats at

Have a terrific Tuesday! 


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