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Saturday, June 24, 2023

UofL Academics and USA Field Hockey — SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Cards on All-ACC Academic Teams

Spring academic teams have been released and Louisville lacrosse had a handy semester. The Cards had 19 team members named to the All-ACC Academic team. The ACC’s requirements are that student-athletes maintain a 3.0 GPA cumulative and score a 3.0 GPA for the semester in which they are honored while competing in at least 50% of the team’s contests. Louisville’s 19 honorees was tied for second-most in the conference. It also represented exactly half of the team’s rostered members. Nine of Louisville’s rostered players did not compete in at least nine games (the Cards played 17), so they actually placed 66% of eligible players on the team.

Louisville tennis matched the number set by lacrosse by placing 50% of their players on the tennis All-ACC Academic team. Tennis’s overall number was much smaller, since their rostered players number just ten, but the accomplishment is impressive nonetheless. It’s a bit tougher to tell who played in enough matches to be eligible for the tennis team, so let’s just say that they had five honorees. Regardless of number by the team, the achievement is admirable for any individual athlete to meet the criteria for.

Aimee Plumb Named CSC Academic All-American

The CSC (College Sports Communicators; formerly CoSIDA) continues naming All-Americans and Cardinals keep getting added to the lists. The latest honoree is Aimee Plumb, who becomes the fifth field hockey team member all time to be named to the CSC Academic All-American team. 

Plumb was named to the third team, which seems an understatement of her ability after being named the 2023 ACC Field Hockey Scholar Athlete of the Year and the NFHCA Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second straight year. Plumb maintains a 4.0 GPA with a major in psychology and a double-minor in art and Spanish. That level of academic prowess while being an integral part of a very good field hockey team is beyond impressive.

Four Cardinals Headed to Nexus Championship

Speaking of field hockey, the Cards will see three players and a coach from the 2023 roster going to Virginia Beach to participate in the USA Field Hockey Senior Nexus Championship. The event is for premiere high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate players to work their way into the USA camp for Olympic and World Cup competitions. All participants have already been trialing at one of seven Team USA High Performance Centers this spring and summer to get invited to this event. 

Players that have previously been a part of any of the developmental teams on the ladder are automatically invited. Louisville players in attendance for this session will be Izzy Bianca, Sophia Parker, and incoming freshman, Lauren Masters. They’ll be joined by assistant coach Nick Holt, who has an extensive history with Team USA Field Hockey himself.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

Daryl and I remain out this week, but you’ll have plenty to hold you over with our version of "The Three Amigos" ...Paulie, Jeff, and Jared holding down the fort. There will be more than enough to talk about as transfers continue and rumors abound. The countdown to fall sports is on, as its the only thing keeping us sane as we stare at the summer slump. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!

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1 comment:

  1. Seems like Field Hockey and Lacrosse excel every year in academics. Two coaches that stress the "student" part of student-athlete. Hope hoops can win em all in Canada.

    Curtis "Bee Kind" Franklin.


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