The 12th-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team will wrap up a four-game home stand this weekend when the Cards play host to No. 7 Syracuse Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Central Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matchups will be aired on the ACC Network Extra. Admission is free.
The Weekend Ahead
#12 Louisville vs. #7 Syracuse
Time: 3:30 p.m.
#12 Louisville vs. Central Michigan
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Venue: Trager Stadium
Television: ACC Network Extra
Live Scoring: GoCards.com
Twitter Updates: @ULFieldHockey
• Louisville enters the weekend with a 6-4 overall record and a 1-1 mark in ACC play. The Cardinals are ranked No. 12 in the NFHCA Coaches’ Poll, marking UofL’s 47th straight appearance in the top 20 dating back to the 2013 season.
• Last weekend, the Cards defeated a pair of ranked opponents at Trager Stadium starting with a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over No. 11 Wake Forest on Friday and following with a 4-1 win over No. 13 JMU on Sunday.
• Freshman Marisa Martin Pelegrina leads the team with 13 points (4G, 5A). Sophomore Minout Mink has scored a team-high five goals and has dished out one assist for 11 points. Senior co-captain Nicole Woods rounds out the top three scorers with 10 points (4G, 2A).
• Ayeisha McFerran (2-3), who recently earned ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors, holds a 1.97 goals against average in seven appearances after being sidelined due to injury for the first three games of the 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 86-45 record at Louisville and has an overall 144-76 record while in her 11th season as a head coach.
Cards against the opponents
Series History: Syracuse leads 10-3
Last Meeting: Sept. 30, 2016 – Syracuse won 2-1/OT
• Lies Lagerweij’s penalty stroke in overtime lifted No. 4 Syracuse to a 2-1 win over No. 7 Louisville in an ACC field hockey matchup Syracuse’s J.S. Coyne Stadium.
• Minout Mink gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead and Elaine Cary evened the score for the Orange.
• In the game, Syracuse held a 15-10 advantage in shots while the teams had three corners apiece. McFerran collected a season-high eight saves in the contest.
Scouting the Orange: No 7 Syracuse enters the weekend with an 8-2 record and a 1-2 mark in ACC play. The Orange are coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to then-No. 7 North Carolina last Saturday. Syracuse also fell 2-1 in overtime to Wake Forest after opening league play with a 6-0 win at then-No. 8 Boston College.
• Elaine Carey leads the team with six goals and 17 points. Carolin Hoffmann follows with five goals while Jennifer Bleakney and Lies Lagerweij have scored four goals apiece.
• Borg van der Velde (8-2) carries a 0.52 goals against average with seven shutouts on the season.
Series History: CMU leads 17-14*
The majority of the series history between the teams dates from 1994-2004 when both teams were members of the Mid-American Conference.
Last Meeting: Sept. 9 2016 – Louisville won 8-0 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Minout Mink delivered a hat trick and dished out an assist.
Scouting the Chippewas: CMU (0-9) is coming off of a 2-0 loss at VCU. The Chippewas will play host to Ohio in a MAC contest on Saturday.
Last weekend: The Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak with a pair of wins over ranked opponents to push their home record to 4-0 this season.
• Sophomore Minout Mink scored a pair of goals and dished out an assist to lead the Cards offensively.
#12 Louisville 3 – #11 Wake Forest 2 (shootout)
The 15th-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team prevailed in a shootout to beat No. 11 Wake Forest 3-2 in a thrilling ACC matchup Friday evening at Trager Stadium.
• Sophomore Minout Mink scored a goal in the second half and sealed the win by converting her shootout attempt. Junior goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran collected five saves and stopped three Wake Forest shootout attempts to earn the win.
• In the game Wake Forest outshot Louisville 15-12 with shots on goal even at 8-8. The Demon Deacons held a 9-3 advantage in corners, including three in the second overtime period.
• The game marked the first time since Sept. 28, 2004 that the Cardinals have gone to a shootout. In that game, Ohio State defeated Louisville 2-1 at Trager Stadium.
#12 Louisville 4 – #15 James Madison 1
The 15th ranked University of Louisville field hockey team got goals from four different players in a 4-1 win over No. 13 James Madison 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium.
• Marisa Martin Pelegrina, Minout Mink, Sydnie Swartwood and Taylor Stone registered goals for the Cardinals.
Up Next: The Cardinals will face their eighth ranked opponent in nine games when they travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for an ACC matchup against No. 9 Boston College. They will continue their road swing at New Hampshire on Sunday.
McFerran Named ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week
Junior Ayeisha McFerran was named ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Sept. 25.
• The goalkeeper from Larne, Northern Ireland, posted seven saves on the weekend to help the Cardinals to a pair of wins over top-15 opponents. She was instrumental in Louisville’s 3-2 shootout victory over No. 11 Wake Forest. • She posted five saves through 100:00 of play – including three in the second sudden-victory overtime period. McFerran also thwarted three shootout attempt by the Demon Deacons as the Cardinals sealed the victory with a 2-0 margin in the shootout. She followed that performance with two saves in the 4-1 win over No. 13 James Madison on Sunday. After her second save of the game, she cleared the ball out of the circle, starting a breakaway which led to an insurance goal for the Cardinals.
• The marks the third career weekly honor for McFerran who was a 2017 All-ACC Preseason selection.
Young and talented
The Cardinals’ 2017 roster features nine freshmen and six sophomores. Through the first half of the season, Louisville’s starting lineup has featured as many as three freshmen and three sophomores with all active underclassmen seeing playing time.
• Freshman Marisa Martin Pelegrina leads teh team with 13 points (4G, 5A). Sophomore Minout Mink has scored a team-high five goals and stands second with 11 points. Fellow sophomore goalkeeper Hollyn Barr carries a 4-1 record and 1.12 goals against average.
Louisville has scored 21 goals through eight games this season with eight different players accounting for the offensive output. Sophomore Minout Mink leads the team with five goals while freshman Marisa Martin Pelegrina and senior Nicole Woods follow with four goals apiece. Senior Marigrace Ragsdale has tallied three scores and junior Taylor Stone has two.
With a team-best five goals on the season, sophomore Minout Mink is picking up where she left off after last year’s impressive rookie campaign. She garnered 2016 NFHCA All-West Region first team and All-ACC second team honors after leading the team with 15 goals, setting a school record for goals scored by a freshman.
Louisville stands at No. 15 in the RPI
The NCAA has released its second RPI report of the season and the Cardinals stand at No. 15, down one spot from last week. UofL is no stranger to facing quality competition and this season is no different with 11 of its 18 opponents appearing among the top 25. Below is a list of Louisville’s 2017 opponents who are included in the NCAA’s top 25 RPI.
6. Boston College
9. North Carolina
11. James Madison
17. Wake Forest
Cards No. 12 in NFHCA Rankings
UofL is No. 12 in the 2017 Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Poll released on Sept. 26, moving up three spots after defeating No. 11 Wake Forest and No. 15 JMU. The Cards spent two weeks in the top 10 after debuted at No. 9 – their highest preseason ranking in program history.
• On Sept. 12, the Cardinals snapped a streak of 12 straight weeks in the top 10 for Cardinals have appeared in the NFHCA top 10 in 12 straight ranking periods dating back to Sept. 8, 2016. UofL finished last season at No. 9 after posting a 15-6 overall record and earning its third-straight NCAA tournament bid.
• This marks the 47th straight week the Cardinals have appeared in the top 20 rankings dating back to the 2013 season.
• 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 field hockey programs are ranked among the top 20 in the nation with six appearing in the top 10. The league boasts five teams in the top 10: Duke (No. 2), Virginia (No. 4), Syracuse (No. 6), North Carolina (No. 7) and Boston College (No. 8) while Wake Forest stands at No. 11 and Louisville is No. 15.
• Every ACC field hockey team has been ranked for the entirety of the last four seasons, a streak that dates to October of 2012 and includes 50 consecutive NFHCA Polls.
Tough road ahead
Twelve of Louisville’s 18 opponents appear in the NFHCA preseason top 25. In addition to their ACC opponents, the Cardinals’ non-conference slate features matchups against No. 6 Michigan, No. 8 Delaware, No. 10 Northwestern, No. 15 Maryland, No. 17 James Madison and No. 25 American.
Home Sweet Home
Louisville is off to an impressive start to the 2017 season with a 4-0 record at Trager Stadium, bringing its home tally to 36-6 since the 2013 season. In 2016, the Cards posted a 7-2 record at Trager Stadium.
• The Cards were 8-1 at Trager in 2014. On Oct. 17, 2014 Louisville fell 2-1 in overtime to No. 17 Boston College, snapping a 16 -game home victory streak dating back to the 2012 season.
• Prior to the Boston College loss in 2014, the Cards’ last home loss came on Nov. 2, 2012 when they fell 2-1 in overtime to then-No. 5 Connecticut in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship.
• In 2013, UofL posted a perfect 10-0 record at Trager Stadium, going undefeated at home for the first time in school history.
• Louisville carries a 28-game win streak against non-conference opponents at Trager Stadium. The Cardinals have not lost to a non-conference opponent at home since Aug. 24, 2012 when they fell to Northeastern in their season opener. – Louisville also lost a 2-1 decision to UConn on Oct. 6, 2012 when both teams were members of the BIG EAST Conference.
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