Oct. 15, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 14th ranked University of Louisville field hockey team will return to BIG EAST Conference play when they host Providence Friday at 2 p.m. at Trager Stadium. The game will be televised by WHAS11 and shown in a delayed broadcast. Live scoring for both games will be available on UofLSports.com.
About the Cardinals
The Cardinals bring a 7-6 record into the weekend after suffering a 2-1 overtime loss at No. 19 Ohio State Wednesday. Sophomore Hayley Turner scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season in that game - she now lead the Cardinals with 25 points (8G, 9A). Junior Nicole Youman is second on the team with 23 points (6G, 9A). Senior Heather Bustanoby (7-6) carries a 1.73 goals against average and a .718 save percentage.
Bring Canned Goods to Friday's Game
Also during Friday's Providence game, Team Cardinal will participating in a food drive to help area families during Thanksgiving. Fans who bring canned goods with them to the game will be entered in a raffle for a field hockey gift basket to be given away at halftime.
White Out to Celebrate Senior Day
Louisville will close the weekend with a game against No. 4 Wake Forest on Sunday at1 p.m. The Cards will celebrate senior day by honoring goalkeeper Heather Bustanoby and forwards Kayla May and Julie-Anne Smith. Fans are encouraged to wear white as the Cards attempt to set a regular season attendance record mark of over 700.
#14 Louisville (7-6, 2-2) vs. (RV) Providence (5-7, 2-2)
Oct. 16 at Trager Stadium
Series Record:Louisville leads 5-1
Last Meeting:10/18/08 - UL won 4-1 at Providence
Scouting the Friars: Providence (5-7, 2-2 BIG EAST) have been idle for a week after an 8-0 BIG EAST win over Rutgers on Oct. 9 - the win places Providence at fourth in league standings.
#14 Louisville (7-6, 2-2 BIG EAST) vs. #5 Wake Forest (8-4, 1-2 ACC)
Oct. 18 at Trager Stadium
Series Record: Wake Forest leads 7-1
Last Meeting: Sept. 8, 2006 - Wake Forest won 5-1
Scouting the Demon Deacons: The fifth-ranked Demon Deacons are coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to ACC foe, third-ranked Virginia on Saturday. Prior to Sunday's matchup against Louisville Wake Forest will face Providence at Trager Stadium. The Deacs (8-4) have losses to Maryland, North Carolina (twice), and Virginia - the top three teams in the country respectively.
Wake is led offensively by Lizzie Rae's 15 points (7G, 1A). Melissa Martin follows with 12 points (3G, 6A). Kaitlyn Ruhf (5-2) carries a 2.42 goals against average, while Julia Young (3-1) has a 2.21 goals against average.
All but one of Louisville's five losses have been at the hands of teams in the top 20, including: No. 8 Michigan State, No. 7 Connecticut, No. 6 Syracuse and No. 15 Duke and No. 19 Ohio State
The Cards have only been shutout once this season, in their first game, a 3-0 setback to then-10th ranked Duke
Eleven players have contributed to Louisville's 47 goals on the season, 10 of those players have accounted for multiple goals.
The Cards will wrap up play at Trager Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 22 when they play host to Pacific. Following that, Louisville will travel to Iowa for another non-conference matchup on Oct. Sunday, Oct. 25. That game will feature a rematch of last year's NCAA regional in which the Hawkeyes edged the Cards 1-0 at Michigan State.
Spreading the Offense
The Cardinals have outscored opponents 47-22, but have managed a balanced offensive attack with eleven players accounting for the scoring output. Ten players have recorded multiple goals on the season.
Youman Moving On Up
Junior midfielder Nicole Youman is now third on the school's career assists list with 30. She needs five more to move to second. Jessica Javelet holds the record for career assists with 38.
Youman is also fifth on the career points list with 74 and needs one more point to move to fourth. Javelet holds the all-time mark with 176 points.
U of L on the National Scene
The Cards opened the 2009 season at No. 13 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association coaches' poll, marking the eighth straight season they have appeared in the top 20.
Louisville has spent the entire season in the top 20 and are currently 14th while in the midst of a challenging schedule. The Cardinals have lost to No. 7 Connecticut (3-2/2OT) No. 6 Syracuse (3-2), No. 14 Duke (3-0) and No. 8 Michigan State (2-1/OT), with several top 20 teams ahead including No. 5 Wake Forest, No. 13 Stanford and No. 19 Ohio State