Cards Can’t Close at BC, 34-33 Wednesday, Oct 5 2022 

By Spencer Laws

One Point Short

This past Saturday, October 1st, Louisville lost what many would consider another easy ACC win. The Cards came into the game 14-point favorites, yet choked one away 34-33.

The loss was a combined effort by the whole team. The defense was lit up in the passing game, giving up 304 yards and three touchdowns in the air. Boston College receiver Zay Flowers recorded five catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, receiving ACC Receiver of the Week awards for his performance. 

Cunningham added to his already impressive rushing touchdowns total by adding three more against BC. His passing game still somewhat struggled, as he put up 19-28 completions with only 186 yards and a touchdown. Cunningham took a big hit midway through the 4th quarter, so junior Brock Domann came to close out the game. He is considered day-to-day.

A special teams miscue came back to bite the Cards as kicker James Turner had an extra point blocked in the second quarter. That kick would be the difference maker in overtime.

What Comes Next

With this result, it feels like the point of no return for Satterfield and the company. Many are up conflicted in the fan community about his coaching staff and play- some are already calling for his firing. One Twitter account even replies to U of L related posts “#BringBrohmHome

However, what good would it do to fire Satterfield mid-way through this season? With the outstanding recruiting class of ‘23 set to hit campus in the spring, how many of those recruits would de-commit with Satterfield’s exit? 

When Heird took the Job last December he came out and stated that he as AD wouldn’t settle for mediocrityCard Nation has their hands up right now as their football team continues to lose games week in and week out. Louisville now has 4 consecutive losses versus Power 5 teams, leaving us among the bottom 5

Meanwhile, you would assume to see some changes from Satterfield in the coming weeks as he attempts to save his job. In an October 4th press conference Satterfield stated that he’s “Got to spend more time helping all the facets of the game, particularly defensively and on special teams.” As for why? “Losing games.”

The Cards are back in action this Saturday, October 8th traveling to Virginia to face off with UVA at noon, on the ACC network.

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Birds Best Bulls, as Boston-bound Battle Brews Wednesday, Sep 28 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Louisville football took care of business Saturday afternoon to close out the main part of their non-conference schedule.

Family Fun for All

In what head coach Scott Satterfield described in his Sept. 27th press conference as “the most complete game yet,” U of L picked up a much-needed 41-3 win against the University of South Florida at home on “Parent’s Weekend”. 

5th-year senior Malik Cunningham had another outstanding game against the Bulls, recording 186 yards on 14-22 passing attempts with a touchdown. Second-string junior Brock Domann also saw playing time on Saturday, as he put up 73 yards on 5-8 passing attempts. 

11 wide receivers caught passes on Saturday as the 2 quarterbacks were able to spread the ball all across the field. 

The more impressive part of game Malik’s game was yet again on the ground, as he ended up rushing for 113 yards on 9 carries with 3 touchdowns. 6 other players saw touches on the ground Saturday, giving some younger players valued experience for the future.

Averaging 6.2 yards per carry while recording 4 touchdowns on the ground, the ground game followed upon the success of the passing game, by putting up 283 yards on 46 attempts.  The defense did their part on Saturday as well, as they forced 3 turnovers while allowing only 158 yards and a field goal. 

The Next Step

If Satterfield and company really want to make a run at a post-season bowl game, they need to pull out some results over the next two weeks on the road to solidify any chance. The Cardinals head into their main slate of ACC play now, and start by traveling to Boston on Saturday to face off with the Eagles. 

The Cards come into Saturday as heavy favorites with some analysts chalking this up as a Louisville win. 

Following the trip to Boston, the team takes a visit to Charlottesville, Virginia to battle with UVA; another game that, if Louisville shows up and plays well, should be able to travel home with a win. 

This would mark the halfway point in the season for Satterfield and the team, who are hoping they can enter the second half of the season with a 4-2 record. 

Starting to See Success

Results like these are very possible if the Cardinals show up in the next two weeks. 

There are still a few lingering issues – limiting the pre-snap penalties on all sides of the ball, limiting the opposing offense’s ability to run the ball while not missing tackles in the open field, and getting Malik more and more comfortable in the passing game. He only has 2 passing touchdowns to this point, while giving away 3 interceptions. 

If the Cards can limit these mistakes they will have a real possibility to be 2 wins away from bowl game talk with 6 games left in the season. 

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U of L men’s basketball wins against Boston College Thursday, Jan 20 2022 

By Hannah Walker —

Louisville men’s basketball beat Boston College 67-54 at the KFC Yum! Arena on Wednesday.

After losing the last three games, U of L men’s basketball pulled out a win at home against the Eagles.

During the first half of the game, the teams were neck and neck. With 00:27 left in the first half, redshirt sophomore forward Jae’lyn Withers made a layup and gave Louisville a two-point lead.

Senior guard Noah Locke and junior forward Sydney Curry were the star players of the game. Their performances allowed the Cards to go into halftime with a score of 30-28.

At the beginning of the second half, both teams battled to get ahead. However, U of L started to keep a steady lead 12:26 into the second half.

Fifth year forward/center Malik Williams defended the team by making consistent rebounds, and the team’s offense continued to improve as the game came to an end. This gave U of L the final win for the night.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back at home to play Notre Dame Jan. 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Lucas Niemi // U of L Athletics

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No. 2 baseball comes out on top against Boston College Eagles Saturday, Mar 13 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

The No. 2 Louisville baseball team played against the Boston College Eagles at Jim Patterson Stadium on Mar. 12. Louisville won with a final score of 7-3 thanks to their major improvement in offense during the start of the second inning.

At the start of the game, junior Michael Kirian was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals. He was successfully able to face 26 batters and have seven strike outs throughout the night.  Still, the beginning of the game was not looking in U of L’s favor. Boston College scored three points during the first two innings of the game and Louisville struggled to keep up with their offense.

However, things picked up for Louisville during the bottom of the second inning when four points were made. Junior infielder/outfielder Cameron Masterman made a home run to right field and junior outfielder Luke Brown followed his performance.

Not long after the two points scored for U of L, freshman infielder Christian Knapczyk advanced to second and junior infielder/outfielder Lucas Dunn scored. This then allowed sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman to single to the left side and give Knapczyk the opportunity to add a point to the Cardinal’s scoreboard.

No points were made for either team during the third and fourth inning, but Louisville changed that when they scored another point during the bottom of the fifth inning. Masterman made an advancement to third base and sophomore infielder Alex Binelas scored. This gave Louisville a lead of 5-3 going into the sixth inning.

It wasn’t till the bottom of the eighth inning that any additional scores were made. Louisville made a point when Dunn singled to right field, advanced to second and then advanced to third. After this score was made, Knapczyk singled through the left side and Dunn made another score. This brought Louisville to another win with a final score of 7-3.

When asked how the team plans on improving defensively in later games, head coach Dan McDonnell said it was still to early in the season to say.

“It’s still early in the season,” he said. “We’re only 13 games in and looking back I should have had Knapczyk in there.” McDonnell went on to say that he feels like his rearrangement in the lineup is what will help them to win more games this season.

Louisville will continue to face Boston College through the weekend. Their next game is at Jim Patterson Stadium on Saturday, Mar. 13 at 1:00 p.m.

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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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Football looks for first ACC win against Boston College Saturday, Sep 28 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

After taking a 35-24 loss against Florida State (2-2, 1-1), the Cardinals (2-2,0-1) are looking to claim their first ACC win against Boston College.

In Louisville’s last game against Florida State, the Cardinal’s defense took heavy damage in the first quarter with 21 points scored by the Seminoles’ offense.

Louisville’s offense against the Seminoles also had a slow start in the game with only one touchdown scored in the first half.

In order to claim their first ACC win, Louisville will need to buckle down on the defense line, limiting Boston’s (3-1, 1-0) scoring opportunities. Boston College has already put an ACC win on the board against Virginia Tech, giving them the edge in conference standings.

The Cardinals will also need to build off of offensive energy. In the previous game versus Florida State, the Louisville’s offense made their greatest plays in the second half. However, sophomore Malik Cunningham was the only player who caught passes for the Cardinals, gaining 286 yards with two touchdowns.

While rushing has been a strength for the Cardinals, they were stopped by FSU’s defense, only allowing 164 gains off of rushes. This is the lowest this season, meaning other teams are paying attention to yard gaining players like sophomore Hassan Hall, who has had 239 yards in four games.

Losing against FSU is a tough blow to Louisville’s schedule, with the Cardinals having to face off against four more ACC teams consecutively. After playing Boston College, Louisville will square off against No. 24 Wake Forest for the mid-season game.

With a week off from play, Satterfield will be looking to secure the team’s first conference win. This game will be significant in gaining ground lost from a 2-10 deficit last season. If the Cardinals win against BC, this already puts Satterfield’s first year one win higher than last season.

The Cardinals face off against Boston College on Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

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