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Friday, July 7, 2023

Cardinals in the ACC -- Field Hockey Edition -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Hello readers and welcome to the weekend again!  I am still coming down from my most anticipated concert of the entire year.  Shoutout to the gang for being so accommodating to my shenanigans.   Also safe travels to our newly wedded couple, the Andersons on their upcoming honeymoon! 

The summer is flyyyyying by and the fall seasons will be here so soon and we've still got a few programs to cover.  Let's remember Field Hockey in the ACC (which has a relatively small presence in the ACC; including UofL, totals 7 schools).

Field Hockey

Against the rest of the ACC: 

(Yes, it's blue turf. Virginia one of the schools having it)

Vs Boston College 6-5 series history (2014-2022)

Vs Clemson (does not currently support a Field Hockey program) 0-1 series history (1979)

Vs Duke 9-12 series history (2001-2022) 7-5 since joining the ACC

Vs. North Carolina 6-11 series history (1977-2022) 5-10 since joining the ACC

Vs Syracuse 9-13 series history (1993-2022) 6-6 since joining the ACC

Vs Virginia 8-11 series history (1977-2022) 7-7 since joining the ACC

Vs Wake Forest 9-14 series history (1991-2022) 7-5 since joining the ACC

2022 record 12 – 8. Lost to Penn State 0-5 in first round NCAA
2021 record 16 – 4. Lost to Harvard 0-1 OT in first round of NCAA
2020 record (Covid Year) 14 – 6.  Falls to Michigan 2-1 in sudden victory shootout in NCAA Semifinals
2019 record 16 – 6. Falls to Boston College 2-1 in sudden victory shootout in NCAA Quarterfinals
2018 record 13 – 6. Lost to Wake Forest 2-3 in ACC Quarterfinals
2017 record 14 – 8. Lost to Northwestern 2-3 OT in first round
2016 record 15 – 6. Lost to Delaware 0-1 in first round in NCAA
2015 record 13 – 7.  Lost to Connecticut 0-3 in first round of NCAA
2014 record 15 – 6.   Lost to Stanford 1-2 OT first round of NCAA

ALL ACC Awards

2022 - Sasha Elliott and Julie Kouijzer First Team selections

2021 - Cardinals senior Alli Bitting was recognized as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, while UofL goalkeeper Mila de Kuijer was selected as the conference’s Freshman of the Year.  Louisville’s Justine Sowry received ACC Coach of the Year. Louisville led all schools with four first-team selections. Julie Kouijzer and Aimee Plumb were First team ALL ACC selections

2020 - Mercedes Pastor First team selection

2019 - Mercedes Pastor First team selection

(Ayeshia McFerran -- one of the best to ever play at Louisville)

2018 - Ayeisha McFerran and Mercedes Pastor First team selections

2017 - Nicole Woods and Ayeisha McFerran First team selections

2016 - Ayeisha McFerran First team selection

2015 - Elisa Garcia and Nicole Woods Second All ACC Selections

2014 - Alyssa Voelmle All ACC First Team

Current Head Coach

Justine Sowry recently completed her 12th season as head coach of the University of Louisville field hockey team. During that time, Sowry has guided the Cardinals to 165 wins along with three conference titles, including the 2021 regular season championship and 2020 ACC fall regular season crown as well as a pair of runner-up finishes in the ACC tournament. Sowry actually began her time at Louisville as an assistant under Pam Bustin and returned to take the head coaching job when Bustin left for Duke

Under Sowry, Louisville has made eight NCAA tournament appearances.


You can see as the years passed, the program has maintained a solid record that has given them the opportunity to go to the NCAAs but have seen many frustrating and disappointing losses in the first round.   The Cardinals are hoping to fly higher than before and get past that first round in the NCAAs.  If the Cards can land the ACC Players of the Year in all categories, I think they can make that happen and push this program to the next level. 

As Always, 
Go Cards 

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