The best moments of Fall athletics, according to our Sports Editor Monday, Jan 23 2023 

By Spencer Laws

The 2022 fall sports season officially ended, capped off in part with the volleyball team’s magical run to the National Championship last month. I thought I would go back through and review the prime moments from this semester. 

Volleyball’s magical run 

Starting out with the most apparent moment of the semester — the volleyball team’s run to the NCAA National Championship.

The Cards have produced back-to-back final-four appearances. This year, they advanced to the National Championship by beating ACC foe Pittsburgh in a five set dogfight. Along this journey, the team also collected a shared ACC Championship with a total record of 31-1, dropping only one conference game. This was the first time in not only Louisville history, but ACC history that a program from the conference has reached the championship match. 

The best third quarter ever? 

During the spookiest weekend of the year, the Louisville Football team had one of the most dominant single-quarter performances in the history of the game.

In the third quarter, the Card’s defense forced six Demon Deacon turnovers, bringing the total for the whole game to eight. The Cards came into the second half one point down to Wake Forest, 13-14, and finished the quarter leading 41-14. The final score of this thrashing finished with a 48-21 Cards win, which led to the latest edition of football faithfuls storming Cardinal Stadium. This will likely be looked at as one of the more notable Scott Satterfield wins during his time leading the Cards. 

Field hockey braves a tough schedule

The field hockey team had a very tough task throughout the entire season; they ended up facing 12 Top 25 nationally ranked opponents over a 20-game schedule.

In those 20 games, the team was able to knock off many ranked opponents including beating No. 11 Penn State 2-1 at the end of August, No. 4 ranked Michigan 2-1 at home this past September, and lastly downing No. 24 Duke in a shoutout to win 2-1 at home in mid-October. With their impressive performance weathering the tough schedule, the squad was able to clinch an NCAA tournament birth. Unfortunately for the Cards, it was all Penn State in the first round.

Brohm’s Home, Satterfield’s Out 

The U of L football program is set to have some new management for the 2023 season in what became one of the weirder coaching turnovers in recent history.

Former head coach Scott Satterfield found himself a new program to run the ball with during a 2nd and 14th situation in the Cincinnati Bearcats. Athletic Director Josh Heird stepped up to the plate and hired Louisville football’s proverbial son, Jeff Brohm.

Brohm is coming off a very impressive stint at the University of Purdue, revitalizing the culture up in West Lafayette. In nine seasons as a head coach, Brohm has accumulated a 66-44 record, won five of six bowl games, and lastly won the division or conference three times while at Purdue and WKU. Brohm played for legendary U of L coach Howard Schellenberger from the years 1989-1993.

(Another rather interesting fact: Brohm was also a very good baseball player while in high school; he was drafted to the MLB twice while in high school and college.)

The Fall as a whole

There were a lot of great moments that came out of the Fall Semester that will hopefully forge the path for this new era the University is heading into as new leadership continues to manage the University we attend and love.

Photo Courtesy //  Taris Smith, Annabelle Merz, Rachel Klotz, Louisville Athletics //

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U of L Women’s Field Hockey Team Walks Away With a Loss At Semifinals Tuesday, May 11 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 3 Louisville women’s field hockey team took a loss to Michigan University on Friday, May 7 at the NCAA semifinals. They played at the Karen Shelton Stadium in North Carolina and lost with a final score of 1-2.

At the beginning of the game, Louisville took the lead with a score of 1-0. They had a solid defense and offense, which led Cardinal fans to believe that they would take the win that night.

Unfortunately, Michigan caught up during the last two quarters of the game. They were able to make two scores which put them at a 2-1 advantage. Now, Michigan will advance to the national championship.

Nonetheless, the Cardinal’s had a great season with the win of the ACC season title, as well as the top seed during the conference tournament. Overall, a record-breaking season for the Louisville field-hockey team.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech// U of L Athletics 

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Men’s basketball will take on Wisconsin in Big Ten-ACC Challenge Tuesday, Nov 3 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The Wisconsin Badgers will host the Louisville Cardinals for the 2020 Big Ten-ACC Challenge. This the 22nd annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge since the two conferences coincided in 1998. The bout between the University of Louisville men’s basketball team and the Badgers will take place Dec. 9 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Badgers finished their 2019-2020 season 17th in the country. They also claimed a piece of the 2019-2020 Big Ten championship for the first time since 2015. Before COVID-19 caused last season’s cancellation the Badgers were on an eight-game winning streak to close out the year.

U of L has a Big Ten-ACC challenge record of 4-2 since joining the ACC. Last year the Cardinals took down No. 4 Michigan 58-43 at the KFC Yum! Center.

The last time the Cardinals played the Badgers was 42 years ago. U of L defeated Wisconsin 70-53 in that matchup. Derek Smith led U of L with 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Louisville held a record of 24-7 last season with a 15-5 record in the ACC. They finished at No. 8 in the polls to end the season. U of L has three of its top nine scorers returning. All eyes will be on Senior captain Malik Williams and star sophomore David Johnson.

File Graphic // The Louisville Cardinal

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U of L basketball topples Western Kentucky 71-54 Saturday, Nov 30 2019 

By Luke Graham — 

The No.2 Cards basketball topped Western Kentucky in Nashville Nov. 30 with a final score of 71-54.

The Cards (7-0, 1-0) ended the first half up 37-23. Junior Jordan Nwora stayed hot as usual and shot 50 percent from the field and behind the 3-point line and finished the first half with 11 points. Senior Dwayne Sutton led the Cards with 14 points going into the 2nd half.

Louisville did seem to lose a bit of momentum in the first half while at one-point up, 21-7. They looked to keep the lead on their end in the 2nd half regardless of the WKU (6-2, 0-0) run.

Louisville held on after a back-and-forth 2nd half before they won the game.

Nwora led the Cards with 25 points while Sutton would add just one more point to his box score in the second half and finish with 15 points. Junior Malik Williams led the Cards with nine rebounds while coming off the bench.

The Cards came into this game just needing to hold on for a win to likely become the No.1 team in the country with the next set of rankings after Duke suffered a shocking loss. While this win was not as convincing as some of their other ones it sure looks like it will put the Cards in the top spot when the new rankings come out.

With Coach Chris Mack possibly leading the Cards into the one spot in the beginning of his second year, it is safe to say he is ahead of schedule.

Louisville will look to stay undefeated in the Big Ten/ACC challenge against Michigan (7-0, 0-0) on Dec. 3 at 7:30pm. The game will be played in the KFC Yum! Center.

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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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