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.
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