The eleventh-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team will open ACC play this weekend when the Cardinals travel to Durham, N.C. to face No. 4 Duke Friday at 6 p.m. The matchup will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra.
Cardinal Quick Hits
• Friday’s game will mark the third straight top-20 contest for the Cardinals.
• The Cardinals bring a 4-2 record into the weekend after splitting a pair of games last weekend in College Park, Md.
• Senior co-captain Nicole Woods leads the Cardinals with four goals and nine points. Freshman Marisa Martin Pelegrina also also has nine points with three goals and three assists. Sophomore Minout Mink stands tied for second on the team with three goals.
•Hollyn Barr (4-1) carries a 1.12 goals against average and an .773 save percentage.
• Ayeisha McFerran (0-1) holds a 1.20 goals against average in three appearances after being sidelined due to injury for the first three games of the season.
• Louisville enters the weekend ranked eleventh in the NFHCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, marking UofL’s 45th straight appearance in the top 20 dating back to the 2013 season.
• Justine Sowry is in her seventh season at the helm for the Cardinals. The 2016 NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year has compiled an 84-43 record at Louisville and has an overall 142-74 record while in her 11th season as a head coach.
• The Cards were picked to finish fourth in the ACC preseason coaches’ poll. Ayeisha McFerran, Minout Mink and Nicole Woods earned All-ACC preseason honors.
• UofL went 15-6 in 2016 and earned their third consecutive NCAA at-large bid. Louisville returns 14 letterwinners from last year’s team and welcomes 10 newcomers.
Cards against the opponents
Series History: Duke leads 9-3
Last Meeting: Sept. 16, 2016 – Duke won 2-1 at Trager Stadium
• Alyssa Chillano gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead and Taylor Stone evened the score, but Hunter Bracale’s goal with 7:44 remaining in the game broke a 1-1 tie to give Duke (the 2-1 win.
Scouting Duke: Duke enters the weekend with a 4-1 record and ranked No. 4 in the most recent NFHCA rankings. Last weekend, then-No. 1 Duke fell 4-1 decision to then-No. 10 Virginia in its ACC opener, but rebounded for a 3-1 win at No. 13 James Madison.
• Duke is led offensively by forward Rose Tynan’s nine points (4G, 1A). Ainsley Gill and Ashley Kristen both follow with five points (2G and 1A) each.
• Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sammie Steele, (4-1) carries a 1.00 goals against average with 21 saves and three shutouts on the season.
Lori Korte
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville Athletics


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