Aug. 25, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - -
The No. 16 University of Louisville field hockey team will open the 2011 season this weekend when the Cards play host to California Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 13 Michigan State Sunday at 6 p.m. at Trager Stadium.
Fans are encouraged to wear red to the Cards' season opener Friday at 6 p.m. and the first 200 fans will receive a Louisville hat.
Prior to Sunday's game against Michigan State, U of L will offer a Pre-Game Kids Clinic from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The clinic is open to kids from 5-13 and will include free pizza, ice cream and posters. Participants must bring their own sticks.
Louisville, which steps in at No. 16 in the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association preseason poll, is under the direction of new head coach Justine Sowry. The Cardinals return six starters and 15 letterwinners from last year's team which posted a 13-7 record and finished with a 5-1 mark BIG EAST Conference play.
All-BIG EAST Preseason selections seniors Hayley Turner and Caitlin Collins and junior Erin Conrad will be among the returning starters as the Cardinals open the 2011 campaign which will feature seven top 20 teams, six 2010 NCAA championship participants and nine home games.
No. 16 Cards vs. California - Friday, August 26, 6 p.m.
Promotions: "Red Out" - Fans are encouraged to wear red in the Cards' home opener and the first 200 fans will receive a Louisville hat.
Series Record: Tied 2-2
Last Meeting: Sept. 12, 2010 - Erin Schneidtmiller and Tuli Lim scored as Louisville defeated Cal 2-0 at Trager Stadium.
No. 16 Cards vs. No. 13 Michigan State - Sunday, August 28, 6 p.m.
Promotions: Pre-Game Kids Clinic from 3:30-4:30 for ages 5-13. Clinic will include free pizza, ice cream and posters. Participants must bring their own sticks. Call 852-8421 for more information.
Series Record: MSU leads 8-1
Last Meeting: Oct. 4, 2009 - Karah Nall gave the No. 16 Cards an early lead, but the Spartans Jantine Steinmetz scored the equalizer with less than three minutes left in the game. She struck again in the ensuing overtime period to give No. 8 MSU the 2-1 win.