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  • NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Men's Basketball, Joao De Lucca (Men's Swimming)
  • TOP 25 NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS: Men's Basketball (USA Today, 1st); Women's Basketball (USA Today, 3rd); Men's Soccer (TopDrawerSoccer, 7th); Baseball (NCBWA, 9th); Football (AP, 13th); Women's Swimming & Diving (CSCAA Coaches, 16th); Volleyball (AVCA, 17th); Softball (USA Today/NFCA, 19th); Men's Swimming & Diving (CSCAA Coaches, 19th); Rowing (CRCA/USRowing, 20th); Field Hockey (NFHCA, 25th)
  • BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS: Football (regular season), men's soccer (regular season), volleyball (regular season and tournament), men's basketball (regular season and tournament), baseball (regular season), women's swimming and diving
  • BIG EAST PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Lola Arslanbekova (Volleyball BIG EAST Player of the Year); Teddy Bridgewater (Football BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year); Charlyn Corral (Women's Soccer BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year); Gorgui Dieng (Men's Basketball BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year); Andrew Farrell (Men's Soccer BIG EAST Defender of the Year); Jeff Thompson (Baseball BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year)
  • COACHES OF THE YEAR: Charlie Strong (Football BIG EAST Coach of the Year); Anne Kordes (Volleyball BIG EAST Coach of the Year; AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year)
  • DRAFT PICKS: Andrew Farrell (Men's Soccer, MLS 1st Round); Paolo DelPiccolo (Men's Soccer, MLS 2nd Round); Greg Cochrane (Men's Soccer, MLS 2nd Round); Brock Granger (Men's Soccer, MLS 3rd Round); Dace Kime (Baseball, MLB 3rd Round); Jeff Thompson (Baseball, MLB 3rd Round); Ty Young (Baseball, MLB 7th Round); Coco Johnson (Baseball, MLB 11th Round); Chad Green (Baseball, MLB 11th Round); Cody Ege (Baseball, MLB 15th Round); Adam Engel (Baseball, MLB 19th Round); Gorgui Dieng (Men's Basketball, NBA First Round); Peyton Siva (Men's Basketball, NBA 2nd Round)

  • Louisville is the first university ever to win a BCS Bowl game, place both its men's and women's basketball teams in the NCAA Final Four and reach the College World Series in the same season.
  • Louisville's combined 126 wins in its four highly visible sports (baseball, men's and women's basketball, and football) is just three wins short of the NCAA record for a single season (126-30, .808 winning percentage).
  • Louisville's combined 75 wins in football and men's and women's basketball is just five victories shy of the NCAA record for a single season (75-21, .781 winning percentage).
  • Louisville was the only school in the nation with its football and men's and women's basketball teams all ranked among the nation's AP Top 20.
  • Louisville is the only university in the nation over the last seven years (since 2007) to have participated in multiple BCS bowl games, College World Series, and men's and women's Final Fours.
  • Louisville is one of just four schools in the BCS era (since 1998) to win football, men's basketball and baseball conference titles in the same season (Stanford 1999-00, Texas 2005-06, Louisville 2012-13, Kansas State 2012-13).
  • Louisville athletics teams posted 49 victories over top 25 nationally ranked opponents during the 2012-13 season.
  • Louisville's student-athletes achieved remarkable success in the classroom, posting a record 3.124 cumulative GPA for all 23 sports. Additionally, a school-best 355 student-athletes earned AD Honor Roll status for the 2012 fall semester (3.0 GPA). Six different teams posted a perfect score of 1000 in the most recent single-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA.
  • Louisville is currently seventh in the Capital One Cup men's standings, making a 14-place jump, when men's sports ranked 21st in 2011-12.
  • UofL accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference on Nov. 28, 2012.
Men's Basketball
  • The men's basketball team won the 2013 NCAA National Championship, the third in school history and first in 27 years, while reaching the program's 10th Final Four.
  • The Cardinals recorded a school-record 35 wins (35-5 record), while claiming their second-straight BIG EAST regular-season title and third conference tournament crown.
  • Head Coach Rick Pitino was selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Louisville's student-athletes collected numerous individual accolades: Luke Hancock was tabbed the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, Peyton Siva was tabbed the Dave Gavitt Trophy recipient for the second-straight year and earned the Frances Pomeroy Naismith award, Russ Smith was named an NABC All-American, Chane Behanan had the Dunk of the Year, Gorgui Dieng was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, and Wayne Blackshear received the NCAA Elite 89 Award.
Football
  • The football team capped its immaculate season by defeating third-ranked Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
  • Louisville's victory over Rutgers in the final regular-season game secured the BIG EAST title and marked the Cardinals' first of two top-25 victories.
  • Collectively, the Cardinals won 11 games for just the fourth time in school history and finished 13th in the national rankings.
  • Louisville won its second-straight BIG EAST title, third overall.
  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was named Sugar Bowl MVP and BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, and Charlie Strong was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
  • In total, eight Cardinals earned all-BIG EAST accolades. Hakeem Smith was named all-conference for the third-straight year.
Women's Basketball
  • The women's basketball team had an unprecedented run, finishing as the 2013 NCAA runner-up. Louisville advanced to the national title game for the second time in five seasons under head coach Jeff Walz.
  • In the NCAA Tournament, Louisville upset the No. 1 overall seed Baylor in the Sweet 16, marking the biggest upset in women's basketball tournament history.
  • Shoni Schimmel was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Oklahoma City Regional, while also earning WBCA All-Region and first team All-BIG EAST honors.
Swim and Dive
  • The women's swimming and diving team won its third consecutive BIG EAST title, with Kelsi Worrell earning Swimmer of the Meet accolades. Worrell had the fastest time in the 100-fly in the nation.
  • Joao De Lucca was the NCAA national champion in the 200-freestyle and was third in the 100-freestyle as he led the men's swimming and diving team to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Louisville's women qualified all five relays for the NCAAs as well as three individuals.
  • UofL had four swimmers on the men's side earn All-Americans honors: Joao De Lucca, Caryle Blondell, Alex Burtch, and Sam Hoekstra. The women had two All-Americans: Kelsi Worrell and Tanja Kylliainen.
Volleyball
  • The volleyball team gathered numerous post-season awards, including All-America honors for Gwen Rucker and Lola Arslanbekova. Head coach Anne Kordes was named AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. Arslanbekova was named BIG EAST Player of the Year, and Rucker was named BIG EAST Tournament MVP.
  • The Cardinals won the BIG EAST regular season and the BIG EAST Tournament titles, a program first. They made their 23rd appearance in the NCAA.
  • A program-best three Cardinals have been named to USA Volleyball's 48-player roster for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 Program that will train and compete this summer in Dallas. Libero Caitlin Welch, middle blocker Brooke Mattingly and setter Hannah Kvitle made the cut and will represent Louisville. In addition, seniors Kaitlynn James, Lola Arslanbekova and Gwen Rucker signed professional contracts and, after graduation in December, played their first pro season overseas.
Field Hockey
  • The field hockey team was ranked as high as No. 23 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.
  • The Cardinals reached the BIG EAST semifinals for the eighth-straight season.
  • Amber Thomas was selected to the 2012 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Association Division I All-West Region first team.
  • Natasha Leickly was named UofL's Outstanding Graduating Senior for holding the highest GPA of all graduating student-athletes.
Men's Soccer
  • The men's soccer team posted a 7-1 conference record to win its third BIG EAST Red Division title in the last four years.
  • Louisville has advanced to at least the Elite Eight each of the last three years.
  • Andrew Farrell was named a first team NSCAA All-American, BIG EAST Defender of the Year and a first team All-BIG EAST selection. He was also the first pick in the 2013 MLS Super Draft.
Women's Soccer
  • Junior Charlyn Corral was named BIG EAST Conference Midfielder of the Year while three other Cardinals earned All-BIG EAST honors.
  • The Cardinals went 10-4-4 and reached double-figures in wins for the third-straight season and the sixth time in the last eight years.
  • Louisville's Christine Exeter and Rachel Melhado represented their native Canada at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan.
Men's Tennis
  • The men's tennis team posted a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championship.
  • The Cardinals were ranked as high as No. 34 in the ITA team rankings.
  • Sebastian Stiefelmeyer was selected as an alternate for the NCAA singles championship. The sophomore was in the top 100 in singles throughout the season, reaching as high as No. 66. The doubles team of Albert Wagner and Alex Gornet ranked as high as No. 31.
Women's Tennis
  • UofL had the highest nationally ranked doubles team in school history in Mandy Brown and Julia Fellerhoff as well as the highest ranked singles player in Becca Shine, who made the quarterfinals of the ITA Singles Regional. Fellerhoff advanced to the ITA Singles Regional Semifinals.
  • Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine were invited to the ITA All-American Tournament. They both were named to the All-BIG EAST Team for the second-straight year.
  • The University of Louisville women's tennis team finished the season in the national rankings for the second time in school history.
Baseball
  • The baseball team capped a magical season by advancing to the College World Series in Omaha for the second time in school history and winning a school-record 51 games overall.
  • The Cardinals closed the regular season with 16-straight wins, served as a host site for an NCAA Regional for the third time in the last five years, and advanced to a Super Regional for the third time in seven seasons.
  • Starting pitcher Jeff Thompson earned second team All-America honors and was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the National Player of the Year, while relief pitcher Nick Burdi earned first team All-America honors.
  • The Cardinals won their fourth BIG EAST Conference regular-season championship in five years and had a school record-tying 10 All-BIG EAST selections, led by BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Jeff Thompson.
Softball
  • The softball team earned the overall No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year and earned its 10th consecutive NCAA appearance.
  • The 10-1 win over Georgetown on April 28 marked head coach Sandy Pearsall's 800th career victory. She is 553-274 in her 14th season at UofL.
  • UofL had five wins over top-25 teams: then-No. 11/11 LSU, No. 14/14 Michigan, No. 24/24 North Carolina, No. 1/1 Oklahoma and No. 20/21 Kentucky. The March 23 win over top-ranked and eventual national champion Oklahoma marked the first win over a No. 1 team in program history.
  • Louisville ranked as high as No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings and No. 8 in the USA Today/NFCA rankings - tying program highs in both polls.
  • Katie Keller was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week and became the first player in program history to earn USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week honors.
Men's Golf
  • The men's golf team won two competitions: the Cardinal Intercollegiate and Purdue Invitational. In total, the Cardinals had six top-five finishes.
  • Freshman Robin Sciot-Siegrist advanced to the NCAA Regionals.
  • Robin Sciot-Siegrist tied a freshman school record for most top-10 finishes with eight this season.
Women's Golf
  • The women's golf team finished in the top 10 seven times during the 2012-13 season, including winning the Cardinal Cup.
  • The Cardinals posted a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championships.
  • Emily Haas won the Cardinal Cup, setting a new record in the tournament. She finished third at the BIG EAST Championships and was one of three Cardinals to earn All-BIG EAST honors.
Track
  • The track and field teams finished the 2012-13 campaign with five All-Americans, including first-team member Mattias Wolter, who took sixth in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
  • The Cardinals captured a combined six event titles at the conference's indoor and outdoor championships.
  • Sam Bombaugh, in addition to earning CoSIDA All-Academic District honors, earned outdoor All-America honors and won three conference titles this year. For winning both throwing titles at the conference's indoor championships, he was named BIG EAST Indoor Men's Field Athlete of the Meet.
Cross Country
  • The men's and women's squads each won the team title at the Mid-America Opener, and the Louisville men also captured the Winthrop Invitational crown.
  • Ernest Kibet became just the third freshman in program history to earn all-BIG EAST honors at the conference championships.
  • Louisville's men finished 10th at the NCAA Southeast Regional, marking the ninth-straight year the team has finished in the top 10 at the event.
Women's Rowing
  • The rowing team won the second varsity four title at the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Championship and finished second overall in the team event.
  • Louisville had four rowers earn All-BIG EAST honors, as Morgan Dunham and Darya Marchanka received first team All-BIG EAST accolades, while Erin Bennett and Kara Savegnago were selected second team All-BIG EAST. Bennett became a four-time All-BIG EAST selection, while Dunham earned her third All-BIG EAST honor.
  • The Cardinals had four rowers earn All-Region honors, as Erin Bennett and Darya Marchanka were named first team All-South Region, while coxswain Ellen Fawcett, Morgan Dunham and Hannah Ritter were selected second team All-South Region. For Bennett, it marked the third time she has earned first team All-Region honors in her career as a Cardinal.
  • In April at the Clemson Invite, where the Cardinals' varsity eight crew earned wins over No. 14 Clemson, No. 19 Cornell and No. 20 Duke.
Women's Lacrosse
  • The women's lacrosse team finished the year with 11 victories, tied for the second-highest total in program history. Louisville now has reached the double-digit win plateau in five of its six seasons of existence.
  • Nikki Boltja became the program's second IWLCA All-American, earning third-team accolades. Boltja was one of two Cardinals to earn all-region honors and one of four all-BIG EAST selections.
  • The Cardinals placed four on the all-BIG EAST teams, including Monica Negron and Nikki Boltja, who also earned IWLCA all-West/Midwest Region honors.
  • Louisville compiled an 8-1 record at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium, the team's best home mark in school history.
SportOverallBIG EASTPostseason
Baseball51-1420-4^College World Series
M Basketball35-514-4^!NCAA Champion
W Basketball29-911-5NCAA Runner-Up
M XC--6th*NCAA Southeast Regional (10th)
W XC--13th*NCAA Southeast Regional (33rd)
Field Hockey12-83-3--
Football11-25-2^Sugar Bowl Champion
M Golf--4th*Participant at NCAA Regional
W Golf--2nd*--
W Lacrosse11-63-5--
Rowing--2nd*--
M Soccer14-6-17-1^Elite Eight
W Soccer10-4-45-3-2--
Softball48-1318-4NCAA Regional
M Swimming & Diving--2nd*NCAA: 11th (Individual Champion)
W Swimming & Diving--1st*!NCAA: 22nd
M Tennis15-130-1--
W Tennis17-93-0--
M Track & Field--5th(I)/6th(O)*NCAA: T-58th(O)
W Track & Field--6th(I)/7th(O)*--
W Volleyball30-414-1^!NCAA Second Round
* Denotes team finish at BIG EAST Conference Championship
^ Denotes regular season BIG EAST Conference Champion
! Denotes BIG EAST Conference Tournament Champion