The University of Louisville field hockey team moved up one spot to No. 5 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings released on Oct. 8. This marks the second-highest national ranking in program history. The Cardinals also appeared at No. 5 in 2014 and reached as high as No. 4 in the 2002 season.
UofL (10-1, 2-1 ACC) is coming off of a pair of shutout wins last weekend to push their win-streak to four games and improve their home record to 5-0 this season. On Friday, the Cards defeated No. 20 Wake Forest 3-0 and followed with another 3-0 win against Penn State on Sunday.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE FIELD HOCKEY
• At 10-1 on the season, Louisville is off to its best start since 2016 when they went 9-1 through the first 10 games.
• The Cards have outscored their opponents 30-11 this season.
• Louisville is tied with North Carolina for the ACC lead with five shutouts on the season.
• Bethany Russ leads the team with eight goals and 20 points. The senior forward notched her first career hat trick in the 5-0 win over Indiana and scored a pair of goals in the 4-2 victory against Kent State.
• Redshirt junior Hollyn Barr (10-1) leads the ACC with a 0.83 goals against average.
• Senior Carter Ayars was recently named ACC Field Hockey Co-Defensive Player of the Week after helping lead the Cardinal defense to a pair of shutouts last weekend.
TOP 10 MATCHUP THIS WEEKEND
The Cardinals return to action on Friday when they play host to No. 9 Virginia in an ACC contest at 6 p.m. at Trager Stadium.
LOUISVILLE IN THE NFHCA RANKINGS
• This marks the 70th straight week Louisville has appeared among the top 20 in the nation dating back to the 2013 season.
• The Cards have spent the last five weeks in the top 10 after starting the 2019 season at No. 12 in the preseason rankings.
• The Cardinals finished the 2018 campaign at No. 14 after spending seven weeks in the top 10, reaching as high as No. 8.
• Louisville appeared in the top 10 seven times in 2018 after debuting at No. 8 in the preseason poll, the highest preseason ranking in program history.
• In 2017 Louisville appeared in the top 10 six times, reaching as high as No. 7 on Oct. 17, 2017.
• 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.
• All seven ACC teams appear in the top 20, with 2018 national champion North Carolina holding down the top spot. Duke placed fourth in the most recent rankings, Louisville checks in at No. 5 and Virginia at No. 9 to give the ACC four teams among the top 10. Syracuse (No. 14) Boston College (No. 17) and Wake Forest (No. 20) round out the ranked ACC squads
• Nine of the Cardinals’ 18 opponents are ranked among the top 25 in the current NFHCA poll. In addition to its six ACC opponents, UofL’s ranked opponents also include: No. 6 Iowa, No. 18 Ohio State and No. 16 Stanford.
|Lori Korte Harmon|
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville Athletics