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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

LAX Joins Top 25 Rankings -- WBB Receives Votes -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

After a 6-0 Sunday across all Louisville sports, a few teams saw some improvements in rankings and various polls. On the women's side, Lacrosse upset then-#25 Colorado 12-5. Softball upset #23/RV Missouri 4-0 and took down Howard 8-0 in a five-inning mercy rule. Women's basketball beat Clemson 81-69. 

Lacrosse Ranked #24

Louisville lacrosse had a rather strong showing in their opening weekend. After holding a lead for most of the match, the Cards eventually fell in a 5-4 heartbreaker to then-#9 Denver, who recently dropped a spot to #10. The Cards rebounded by crushing then-#25 Colorado 12-5, knocking the Buffaloes out of the rankings altogether.

The Coaches Poll voters seemed impressed enough, especially with the defense, to award the Cards a spot in the rankings at #24. The season is young and Louisville has plenty to prove, but they have shown great promise in their first wo games of the 2023 season.

Louisville remains at home and hosts Lindenwood this coming Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium.

Women's Basketball Receives Votes

Last week, Louisville women's basketball received two votes in the AP Poll, a first since they dropped out altogether a couple months back. After a pair of victories against Virginia and Clemson this past week, the Cards were able to earn a few more votes- 11 total.

Five ACC teams saw their names in this week's Top 25 while NC State saw theirs disappear. The Wolfpack fell into the receiving votes category with 30 votes, enough to tie them for #26. Louisville would be ranked #32 if the rankings continued. The NET rankings put Louisville at #31.

The Cards put their four-game win streak on the line when they visit #10 Notre Dame on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Will Softball Flirt with the Rankings?

With the exception of being on the wrong end of an 8-0 mercy rule against #20 Kentucky, Louisville softball outscored their other four opponents 26-2 in the four wins including a 4-0 win against #23/RV Missouri.

Louisville did not start the year in the rankings nor did they receive any votes in the NFCA Poll. The Cards finished the 2022 campaign 27-25 so they have some work to do to prove to the voters that they deserve to be in the Top 25.

A two-game series each with Illinois and Wisconsin are on the schedule next. Illinois opened their season going 2-3 with all three losses coming to ranked opponents. Wisconsin fared worse, going 0-4 with a pair of losses to ranked opponents and being outscored 13-6 on the entire weekend.

Ideally, a 3-1 or 4-0 ACC/Big Ten Challenge for Louisville would help continue the strong start to the season and maybe even earn the Cards a few votes. For now, we will wait and see.

If you choose to celebrate Valentine's Day, we wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!


  1. Hello Friends !
    Arthur Here !

    I like following a couple of sites/writers in your fair city and Eric Crawford is one, beside you all, of course. I don't know if you caught his piece on Norika Konno, but I think it's a great read
    Here's a link:

    Good luck against Notre Dame. Do the rest of the league a favor and kick their butts for us also.

    Your friend
    #1 Clemson Fan
    Greer, SC

    1. Eric's a great guy and been through a lot in his life. He sits next to Sonja (or me) at home games usually. I don't know what those two talk about but Sonja's always smiling, so it makes me wonder...


  2. Happy Valentines Day Cardinal Couple ! I love what you "do" with Louisville women's sports, so, will you be my valentine?

    Nick O

  3. My grandson was excited about Friendship Day today. Funny, I remember it as Valentines Day. Things change.

    Blue Lou


  4. Here's one for you, Paulie:

    Shop around Cardinals fans.

    I went to the Louisville vs Clemson game Sunday and I was going to buy tickets online for my daughter and I and it said 2 mid court tickets were $68.00 each. It also said that the game was almost a sell out which raised a red flag for me. I decided to wait and purchase tickets at the Yum, 2 mid court tickets cost me $14.00 each. Be careful purchasing your tickets in the future. I wonder if the tickets for Senior day against Notre Dame will be priced high. That actually might come poise to a sellout. It's funny, the coaches implorefans to attend, but, they must have a blind eye to the shenanigans the ticket sellers are using on Cardinals fans.

    1. I've sent your justifiable righteous indignation about this incident on to what I consider an appropriate source. Thanks for notifying me.


    2. Box office ticket prices are the same for EVERY game.

    3. Box office the way to go. Done it for years. We get there a little early scout around on what's available, purchase the best or an area we like and we're in. We used to go the season ticket route, but when parts of our group couldn't make particular games, it was just a money loss for us on those. I like the switch up of view from game to game and have met some great people that way over the years. .


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