The University of Louisville field hockey team appears at No. 12 in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association preseason poll released on August 27.

Louisville in the NFHCA Rankings

• This marks the 65th straight week Louisville has appeared among the top 20 in the nation dating back to the 2013 season. The Cardinals finished the 2018 campaign at No. 12 after spending seven weeks in the top 10, reaching as high as No. 8.

• On Oct. 7, 2014, Louisville appeared at No. 5 in the coaches’ poll marking the second top-five appearance in program history with Louisville achieving a program-best No. 4 ranking in the 2002 season.

The ACC in the rankings

• All seven ACC teams appear in the top 18 with 2018 national champion North Carolina holding down the top spot. Duke placed third in the preseason rankings and Wake Forest checks in at No. 10 to give the ACC three teams among the top 10. Virginia (No. 11), Louisville (No. 12) and Boston College (No. 13) and Syracuse (No. 18) round out the ranked ACC squads.

Tough Slate

• Eleven of the Cardinals’ 18 opponents are ranked among the top 25 in the NFHCA preseason poll. In addition to its six ACC opponents, UofL will also take on No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 Penn State, No. 14 Ohio State, No. 21 Stanford and No. 25 William & Mary.

About Louisville Field Hockey

 • The Cardinals will open the season on August 30 when Indiana visits Trager Stadium for the annual Battle of the Border. Admission is free.

• Junior midfielder Mercedes Pastor was named to the Preseason All-ACC Field Hockey Team and the Cardinals were picked to finish four in the regular season standings in a vote of the league’s seven head coaches.
 
• UofL finished the 2018 season with a 13-6 overall record and ranked No. 14 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll after earning the No. 3 seed in the 2018 ACC Championship.
 
• Louisville returns 18 letterwinners from that team including Pastor and fellow All-West Region selections Carter AyarsAlli Bitting and Bethany Russ.
 
• Russ led the 2018 team with 11 goals and 24 points. Sophomore Erica Cooper stood second on the team with nine goals and 18 points.
 
• The Cards welcome six newcomers to the 2019 roster.
 
• Justine Sowry enters her ninth season During that time, she has guided the Cardinals to 107 wins, four NCAA tournament appearances along with a conference title and a runner-up finish in the ACC Championship. In the eight seasons that Sowry has been at the helm, UofL has produced 12 NFHCA All-America selections and 32 All-Region team members.

Lori Korte Harmon
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville Athletics

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