Cardinals’ volleyball and field hockey off to historic starts Monday, Oct 12 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Volleyball and field hockey have started strong early in their seasons. Both sports are off to historic starts to their seasons for the fall 2020 semester.

University of Louisville field hockey has a sizzling 5-0 record and sit atop the ACC. Cardinals volleyball is headed on an upward trend as they improved their season record to 4-1.

U of L volleyball has won four straight games after losing the season opener against ACC rival Notre Dame.

Field Hockey:

Senior Mercedes Pastor has led the way for Cardinals field hockey so far this season. She leads the team in points and shots made. Pastor and fellow senior Meghan Schneider led the team in minutes played with 300.

As a team, the Cardinals have more than triple their opponent’s goal total. U of L has racked up 13 goals over their first five games while holding the opposing teams to only four goals collectively.

The Cardinals field hockey team will look to continue their hot streak when they head to Virginia to challenge the Cavaliers on Oct. 23. U of L seeks revenge over their loss from last year and try to keep their undefeated season record alive.

Volleyball:

U of L volleyball has come out just as fiery as they were last season. Freshman Ayden Bartlett has been a stand-out performer for the Cardinals so far this season. She has an impressive six assists through five matches and has a kill as well. Sophomore Aiko Jones continues to be a solid contributor to the Cardinals success. She leads the team in kills and aces.

The volleyball team will take on Pittsburgh on Oct.23. Cardinals volleyball has lost their last three matches against the Panthers. They look to snap their losing streak and keep their impressive season going.

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Louisville soccer and field hockey attendance policies released Friday, Sep 25 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville has announced its protocols for field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer games.

Louisville men’s soccer kicks off their season Sept. 25 against Wake Forest at Dr. Mark Lynn and Cindy Lynn Stadium. U of L field hockey begins their season Sept. 26 at Louisville’s Trager Stadium. Women’s soccer will start their season Oct. 1 when they host Syracuse.

Trager Stadium will have its capacity limited to 20 percent. All home games for field hockey can be watched or streamed for those unable to attend.

Lynn Stadium will be implementing similar guidelines to Trager Stadium. All recreation seating areas will be closed to attendees. This includes the west end of the stadium, the north berm, playground and Boyle-ing Point. Men’s and women’s soccer home games will be recorded live for Cardinal fans.

Tickets will not accessible to the general public at either venue. Tickets will only be available for student-athletes, coaches, the visiting team and a small number of current U of L students.

For both venues, the gates will open one hour before game time. Temperature checks will be done at gates. Any guest with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be directed to a cool down tent. After ten minutes those guests who have been isolated will be checked again to see if they can enter the venue.

The clear-bag policy for games is still being enforced. Fans can bring a clear Ziploc-type bag or a small tote. All concession stands will be cashless for the season. Masks are to be worn at all times at both Trager and Lynn Stadium. Children ages five or under do not have to wear a mask.

U of L men’s soccer will face off against Wake Forest at 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Women’s soccer will take on Syracuse at 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Cardinals’ field hockey starts at 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

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Multiple U of L athletes test positive after weekend party Tuesday, Aug 11 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The University of Louisville decided to temporarily suspend workouts for the men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests. U of L discovered through contact tracing the source of the rise in cases to be from an off-campus party that occurred on Aug. 1.

“It goes without saying that I’m incredibly disappointed and frustrated today with what’s occurred,” Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said. “We’ve noted from the very beginning that we have a strong commitment from our medical and administrative staff in the athletic department that we expect to be met with the same commitment from our student athletes and unfortunately we’ve had a failure in the recent week to do so.”

Tyra reported that there were eight positive COVID-19 tests among the four sports teams on Aug. 3. By Aug. 5, that number rose to 29. While in many of the cases, the athlete remained asymptomatic, some reported having headaches and fevers.

Since all student athletes tested for COVID-19 daily, the student athletes who tested negative and not identified through contact tracing will be allowed to return to on-campus workouts on Monday, Aug. 10. 

When asked if the school would consider punishing players in the future for disobeying COVID-19 safety protocols, Tyra said, “I think the answer is yes.”

Football workouts and activities have not been suspended since no football players have been identified to be at the party through contract tracing.

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Field hockey falls to Boston College in sudden death Sunday, Nov 17 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

Louisville field hockey lost its quarter-final NCAA tournament game to Boston College 2-1 in double overtime Nov. 17 at Trager Stadium. This was their third home loss for the year.

After making it to the Elite Eight by beating Michigan just a day earlier, the Cardinals failed to maintain their momentum against Boston College.

Boston College started off the scoring with a goal off of a penalty corner shot, after a stalemate in the first quarter.

Senior Bethany Russ scored in the third quarter, tying the score 1-1. After another dry quarter in the fourth, the game entered into the first round of overtime. Louisville had four shots on goal, and not able to take any to the bank.

While the first round of overtime remained pointless, BC had the final say in a sudden death shootout in the second round of overtime.

Head coach Justine S0wry gave her take aways for the game, proud of Louisville’s effort.

“They played one heck of a game. They did everything that we asked them to do. Barring the second quarter, I think we played really nice field hockey. We defended well, we attacked well. We had our opportunities, no doubt about it. We had our opportunities to put the game away but it’s sport.” Sowry said.

Boston College’s goalie had eight saves for the game, shutting Louisville out of five quarters of play. Louisville out numbered BC 9-3 shots on goal, however could not manage to come out on top.

The 2019 season will remain a historic season for the Cardinals, tying their all time winningest season with a record 16-6.  The Cardinals also came the furthest they have ever been in the off season.

Sowry explained her mixed emotions for the loss, ending a significant season.

“You come that close to a final four it’s no doubt heartbreaking. When I take a moment to breathe, I am just so incredibly proud of our team.” said Sowry.

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No. 5 Field Hockey’s historic season Sunday, Nov 17 2019 

By Luke Graham–

Cardinals field hockey advanced to the elite eight after taking down Michigan 2-1 in double overtime Nov. 15.

The No. 5 Cards persevered over a long double overtime game taking the victory. This came after trailing most of the game.

It was a tight game with both teams with a lot on the line with a 1-1 score by the end of regulation.

Senior Bethany Russ scored late in the third quarter to tie the game which would eventually send it into overtime. Russ later scored the game-winning goal in double overtime advancing the Cards to the elite eight. This was her second goal of the game, making her the star and leading the Cards to victory.

Goalkeeper and redshirt junior Holly Barr was key in with six saves including an overtime stop that kept the Cards alive.

This will be the first time the Cards have advanced to the elite eight. The Cardinals will be looking to build off of this accomplishment as the competition gets steeper.

After this game, the Cards tied their school record for wins in a single season and marked this year as the most successful field hockey season in school history.

The Cards look to maintain momentum, trying to get to the their first ever final four facing off against ACC competition with No. 7 Boston College this Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  Louisville in the series history is 4-2 with their most recent win against them coming earlier this year in a 3-2 game.

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Field hockey gains traction with two straight wins Monday, Oct 21 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez

Louisville gains a winning week, with a shutout of No. 16 Stanford and a win against Longwood. This shows a promising stand with the ACC tournament in November.

Louisville (11-2) shutout Stanford (9-5) 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Trager Stadium. Marking the Cardinals sixth shutout of the season.

The Cardinals controlled the ball for the majority of the game, outshooting Stanford 34-13. Senior Bethany Russ scored a goal, alongside junior Mercedes Pastor and sophomore Erica Cooper. Goal keeper, junior Hollyn Barr proved important to the defense, finishing with two saves.

They started the first quarter hot, scoring right of the bat. The second quarter saw the Cardinals strike again, when Pastor scored a reverse stick shot. The Cards ended halftime with a 12-0 advantage-in-shots. The third quarter saw Stanford up the offense, with each team playing three shots each.  In the last quarter, Russ made her ninth goal of the seasons with a rebound shot, pushing Louisville 3-0.

Louisville won against Longwood 4-2 at Trager Stadium.

Goals were made by senior Whena Munn and freshmen Margot Lawn, Minna Tremonti, and Camryn Pichea. The Cardinals held a 7-2 advantage in penalty corners against the Lancers, as well as outshooting 17-3.

Louisville made the scoreboard with a rebound shot by Tremonti, this marks her first collegiate goal. In the last minute of the first quarter, freshman Mattie Tabor sent a feed to Lawn, advancing Louisville to a two point lead. The second quarter was scoreless.

The third quarter saw Munn make her second goal of the season, assisted by All Bitting with a direct shot. The fourth quarter saw Camryn Pichea make her first career goal, pushing the Cardinals to 4-0. The Lancers responded hot, scoring back-to-back goals in the last four minutes of regulation. This brought the final score to 4-2.

The Cardinals are picking up steam heading toward the ACC tournament with this double header week. Louisville is at a good spot for the tournament, learning from the Virginia loss not to be too confident in the second half.

Head coach Justine Sowry commented on the Cardinals performance against Stanford. “Going into the last quarter, or even the second half, there was a little deja vu (with the Virginia Loss), because we had a great first half, and were 2-0 up and there not many time where you have a another opportunity for a redo.”

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Louisville field hockey taken down by No. 9 Virginia Monday, Oct 14 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez —

No.5 Louisville field hockey loses to No.9 Virginia with a score of 2-1 on Friday Oct. 11. This game with mark the first loss since the Cardinals four-game winning streak and a second division loss.

The first quarter of the game saw 14 scoreless minutes. Finally, in the last 30, junior Mercedes Pastor broke through with assists from juniors Alli Biting and Meghan Schneider. This brought the first quarter score to 1-0.

In the second quarter the Cards (10-2, 2-2) had the opportunity to take a 2-0 lead with a penalty-corner goal. But the goal was disallowed due to an obstruction call against Louisville, with the call upheld after being challenged. The Cards held on to the lead, finishing the second quarter 1-0.

The third quarter saw Virginia (10-3, 2-2) gain momentum and playing an aggressive offense. The Cavaliers finished the quarter with 3 shots, compared to Louisville’s 2.

Virginia gained the upper hand in the last quarter when Virginia evened the score. With less than five mins left in the game, the Cavaliers scored again, ending regulation 2-1.

Louisville played a tough defense, ending with five saves versus Virginia’s three. Senior Bethany Russ led the defense alongside Pastor.

The Cardinal will be back in action against No. 16 Stanford on Tuesday Oct. 15 at Trager Stadium.

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Field hockey opens season shutting Indiana out 5-0 Friday, Aug 30 2019 

By Jocelyn Kronoveter and Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville field hockey kicked off their first game of the season with a 5-0 win against Indiana University. 

Entering this season, No. 12 Louisville had the shortest pre-season in history, giving players only six days to prepare before class started. Given the disadvantage the Cards dominated all four periods of the game shutting out Indiana.

Louisville started off strong with a goal during the first period by senior Bethany Russ.

In the second period Louisville increased their lead over Indiana after Russ scored again with an assist by junior Madison Walsh. Louisville’s offense demonstrated clear communication between teammates on the field throughout the game, helping secure the win.

Not long after Russ scored another goal, junior Mercedes Pastor and Walsh scored two more goals with a four point lead going into the third period.

Russ gave the team another goal after a hat trick, the first one for Louisville since last September and her first one on the team.

The game was in favor of Louisville after the three contributions from Russ.

“It is very exciting, but none of it could have been done without the work of my team, they were behind me and the ones feeding me the ball,” Russ said.

The competition level among the Louisville team pushes players to be in competition with each other while building leads.

“It is always nice to get a win on the board opening weekend and when you are playing at home,” head coach Justine Sowry said.

The Cards have room for improvement on the corners. Out of nine attempts only one resulted in a goal.

While Russ has risen up to be a senior leader on the team, she feels confident in the up and coming freshmen.

“The way that the freshmen came in this year was phenomenal, they all came in shape and willing to learn which is all that you can ask for,” Russ said.

Louisville is set to play head coach Sowry’s former team University of Massachusetts on Sept. 1 at noon at Trager Stadium.

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