Senior Nicole Woods and freshman Marisa Martin Pelegrina scored first half goals and the ninth-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team held on to beat No. 20 American University Friday evening at Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. Louisville (4-1) will return to action Sunday when the Cards take on host, 11th-ranked Maryland.

“We survived and got the win against a very motivated aggressive American team,” said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. “It is no surprise that our opponents are going to play that way against us and we need to problem-solve to be able to counter and play Louisville hockey. Tomorrow is another opportunity for growth and prepare for our next challenging opponent.”

The Cardinals jumped to an early lead with two goals in the first 11 minutes of the game. Senior co-captain Nicole Woods put Louisville on the scoreboard in the ninth minute of the game when she sent a shot into the right side of the cage for her team-best fourth goal of the season.

Two minutes later, freshman Marisa Martin Pelegrina connected on the rebound from junior Taylor Stone’s penalty corner shot to give Louisville a 2-0 lead.

The Eagles (3-2) capitalized on a penalty corner of their own to get on the scoreboard in the 16th minute of the game when Haley Bowcutt scored on a feed from Rafaela Rubas to cut the Cardinals’ lead in half.

Louisville took the 2-1 lead into halftime after outshooting American 9-2 including a 7-1 edge in shots on goals. Each team earned one penalty corner in the first half.

The Cardinals’ 2-1 lead stood throughout the second half that saw the Eagles gain a 5-3 edge in shots and each team tallying a pair of corners.

In the game, Louisville outshot American 12-7 and the teams were even with three corners apiece.

Sophomore Hollyn Barr (4-1) collected one save while American’s Maura Jacobs had six stops in the game.

Lori Korte
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville Athletics