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The seventh-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team returns to Trager Stadium to take on a pair of top-10 opponents this weekend. Saturday the Cardinals take on No. 3 Virginia in a crucial ACC matchup to decide the regular season title. On Sunday, No. 4 Michigan will visit Trager Stadium. Admission is free.

The Weekend Ahead
Oct. 21
No. 3 Virginia at No. 7 Louisville – ACC Regular Season Championship Game
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Venue: Trager Stadium
Television: ACC Network Extra
Live Scoring:
Twitter Updates: @ULFieldHockey

Oct. 22
No. 4 Michigan at No. 7 Louisville – Pink Game
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Venue: Trager Stadium
Television: ACC Network Extra
Live Scoring:
Twitter Updates: @ULFieldHockey

Cardinal Quick Hits
•The seventh-ranked Cardinals will return to the friendly confines of Trager Stadium for their final three regular season matches. On Saturday, the Cardinals will take on No. 3 Virginia to determine the ACC regular season title. The Cards and the Cavaliers stand tied for first with identical 4-1 conference records as they enter the final weekend of league play.
• On Sunday, Louisville will face its third straight top-10 opponent when No. 4 Michigan visits Trager Stadium.
• UofL enters the weekend with an 11-4 overall record and a 4-1 mark in ACC play. The four wins are the most ACC victories for Louisville since joining the conference in 2014
• The Cardinals are ranked No. 7 in the NFHCA Coaches’ Poll, marking UofL’s 50th straight appearance in the top 20 dating back to the 2013 season.
• Last weekend, the Cards pushed their win streak to seven games with a 3-2 upset of No. 5 North Carolina.
• Junior Taylor Stone is the current ACC, NFHCA and Synapse Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Cardinals to a 3-2 win at No. 5 North Carolina.
• Sophomore Minout Mink leads the team with eight goals and 19 points. Senior co-captain Nicole Woods follows closely with 17 points (6G, 5A). Freshman Marisa Martin Pelegrina rounds out the top three scorers with 15 points (4G, 7A).
• Ayeisha McFerran (7-3), holds a 1.68 goals against average in 12 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 91-45 record at Louisville and has an overall 149-76 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: UVA leads 6-2
Last Meeting: Oct. 21, 2016 – UL won 3-2 in overtime in Charlottesville.
• Minout Mink’s goal in the 10th minute of overtime lifted the seventh-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team to a 3-2 win over host ninth-ranked Virginia in both teams’ ACC finale.
• Mink scored a pair of goals in the game, breaking a 1-1 tie in the first half and then putting the Cards ahead for good in overtime. Shannon Sloss gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Sophomore goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran posted a career-high 12 saves in the win.
• Izzy McDonough and Riley Tata scored for Virginia.
• In the game, Virginia outshot Louisville 22-12 and held a 7-4 advantage in corners.
Scouting the Cavaliers: Virginia enters the weekend with a 12-3 overall record after falling 5-4 to No. 12 Maryland on Tuesday. UVA is also tied with Louisville atop the ACC standings with a 4-1 mark in conference play. The Cavaliers’ lone league loss came was a 4-0 setback at home against North Carolina on Oct. 6.
• Tara Vittese leads the team with an ACC-best 22 goals and has chipped in 15 assists for 59 points. Current ACC Offensive Player of the Week Pien Dicke is second in the conference with 43 points (19G, 5A). Carrera Lucas (12-3) carries a 1.60 goals against average with four shutouts.

Series History: UM leads 8-3-1
Last Meeting: Oct. 29, 2016 – Michigan won 4-1 in Ann Arbor.
• Emma Way scored a pair of goals while Allie Sardo and Carly Bennett add goals for the Wolverines. Lotta Kahlert accounted for the Cardinals’ lone goal as Michigan halted Louisville’s five-game win streak.
• In the game, Louisville outshot Michigan 10-8 and held a 7-2 edge in corners. Sophomore Ayeisha McFerran (14-4)collected three saves while Swenson had six for the Wolverines.
Scouting the Wolverines: Michigan enters the weekend with a 13-2 overall record and a 7-0 mark in Big Ten play prior to a Friday matchup at Northwestern.
• The Wolverines are in the midst of a 10-game win streak, most recently defeating INo. 22 Iowa to claim a share of the Big Ten championship.
• Michigan is led offensively by Meg Dowthwaite who has scored 15 goals and dished out seven assists for 37 points. Emma Way follows with 26 points (9G, 8A). Sam Swenson (13-2) carries a 0.88 goals against average and six shutouts on the season.

Up next
The Cardinals will wrap up the regular season and celebrate senior day when they play host to Ohio University on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.

Last weekend
The No. 11 University of Louisville field hockey team upset No. 5 North Carolina Saturday at Duke’s Jack Katz Stadium. The Cardinals extend their win streak to seven games and move to 11-4 on the move to 4-1 in ACC play and remain tied with Virginia atop conference standings.

#11 Louisville 3 – #5 North Carolina 2
In a game that featured two lead changes and two ties, the Cardinals got goals from junior Katie Walsh, senior Abby Grimes and junior Taylor Stone whose game-winning goal broke a 2-2 tie midway through the second half.
• McFerran (7-3) finished the game with four saves while Hendry (11-3) had one stop for the Tar Heels. UNC held a 15-7 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in corners in the contest.

Stone takes home NFHCA, Synapes Sports and ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors
Taylor Stone was named the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 18 after being named ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16.
The junior from Herndon, Va., helped Louisville on both ends of the field in a 3-2 win over then-No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday. The midfielder/defender broke a 2-2 tie midway through the second half with what proved to be the game-winning goal, and also helped the Cardinals hold the Tar Heels to just six shots on goal and five penalty corners in the contest. L
• Stone becomes the second Cardinal to earn the national weekly honor, joining sophomore goalkeeper Hollyn Barr who was selected on Aug. 30

Grimes and Woods Named to NFHCA Senior Game Roster
Abby Grimes and Nicole Woods were selected to the 2017 Victory Sports Tours NFHCA Division I Senior Game roster.
• Grimes and Woods will compete in the contest on their home field on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the NCAA Division I national championships which will be held at the University of Louisville’s Trager Stadium Nov. 17 and 19.
• Grimes, a defender from St. Louis, Mo., is a three-year starter for the Cardinals. The senior co-captain has registered three goals on the season, including one in Louisville’s 3-2 upset of No. 5 North Carolina. She has also dished out a pair of assists and has tallied eight points.
• Woods, who hails from Beverly, Mass., is a four-year starter and senior co-captain. The forward/midfielder stands second on the team with six goals and has dished out five assists for 17 points. She is a two-time NFHCA All-West Region and All-ACC selection and a member of USA Field Hockey national team.
The Senior Game contest will be played following the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Tournament, which takes place on Nov. 17 at 2 and 4:45 p.m. at Louisville. The NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship will be held on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

Young and talented
The Cardinals’ 2017 roster features nine freshmen and six sophomores. 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 the team with seven assists and stands third with 15 points. Sophomore Minout Mink has scored a team-high eight goals and leads the Cardinals with 17 points. Fellow sophomore goalkeeper Hollyn Barr carries a 4-1 record and 0.97 goals against average.

Balanced offense
Louisville has scored 37 goals through 115 games this season with 10 different players accounting for the offensive output. Sophomore Minout Mink leads the team with eight goals while senior Nicole Woods and junior Taylor Stone follow with six scores. Senior Marigrace Ragsdale has five goals.

Mink Shines
With a team-best eight 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. 9 in the RPI
The NCAA has released its fifth RPI report of the season and the Cardinals stand at No. 9, up three spots from last week after beating North Carolina on the road. UofL is no stranger to facing quality competition and this season is no different with 11 of its 18 opponents appearing among the top 20. Below is a list of Louisville’s 2017 opponents who are included in the NCAA’s top 25 RPI.
2. Duke
3. Virginia
4. Michigan
5. Boston College
6. North Carolina
8. Northwestern
10. Syracuse
11. Delaware
12. Maryland
13. Wake Forest
16. James Madison
25. Ohio State

Cards Return to top 10 in NFHCA Rankings
UofL is No. 7 in the 2017 Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Poll released on Oct. 17, moving up four spots after defeating No. 5 North Carolina on the road last weekend. Louisville is on a seven-game win streak which includes victories over five top-20 teams with three of those ranked in the top 10.
• The Cards spent two weeks in the top 10 after debuting 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 50th 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.

ACC strong
All seven ACC field hockey programs are ranked among the top 20 in the nation. The league boasts six teams in the top 10: Duke (No. 2), Virginia (No. 3), North Carolina (No. 5), Louisville (No. 7), Boston College (No. 9) and Syracuse (No. 10), while Wake Forest follows at No. 13.
• 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 54 consecutive NFHCA Polls.

Tough road ahead
Twelve of Louisville’s 18 opponents appear in the NFHCA top 25. In addition to their ACC opponents, the Cardinals’ non-conference slate features matchups against No. 4 Michigan, No. 8 Northwestern, No. 11 Delaware, No. 12 Maryland, No. 16 James Madison and No. 24 Ohio State.

Home Sweet Home
Louisville is tough at home this season with a 6-0 record at Trager Stadium, bringing its home tally to 38-6 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.

International experience
The Cardinals’ roster is bolstered by several players who have gained valuable experience within their countries’ national programs. The following is a list of players and their national squads.
Marisa Martin Pelegrina – German U18 Team
Ayeisha McFerran – Irish National Team (2015-present)
• World League 2 Champions (Goalkeeper of the Tournament)
• Seventh place finish in World League Semifinals
Meghan Schneider – U.S. U19 Team
Taylor Stone – U.S. U21 Team (USA/England Tour Roster); Also played in 2017 Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem
Nicole Woods – U.S. National Team (Summer 2017)
• 2017 World League Champions (Johannesburg, S.A.)
• Bronze Medal 2017 Pan American Cups (Lancaster, Pa.)

Championship City
Louisville’s Trager Stadium will serve as the host site for two major field hockey championships in November 2017. UofL will kick off the postseason by hosting the ACC Championship Nov. 2-5 and two weeks later will welcome the NCAA DI final four teams. Additionally, Trager Stadium is proud to stage the DI, DII and DIII title games on Nov. 19.
• While this will be the first time the Cardinals have hosted the ACC Championship, it will be the sixth time that Trager Stadium will serve as the host site for the NCAA Division I Field Hockey National Championship. The event was also staged on the Cardinals’ home field in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011. Trager Stadium has also been selected as the host site for the 2018 NCAA Field Hockey Championship.
• In addition, the NCAA Division II Championship was played at the facility in 2010. Located in Cardinal Park on the UofL campus, Trager Stadium opened in 2000 and was expanded in 2008 with a seating capacity of 2,500.

Cards picked to finish fourth in ACC
The University of Louisville field hockey team was picked to finish fourth in the ACC according to a vote of the league’s seven head coaches. The Cardinals led the conference with three players selected to the Preseason All-ACC team with senior Nicole Woods, junior Ayeisha McFerran and sophomore Minout Mink earning the honor.
• Woods (Beverly, Mass.) picks up her second straight ACC preseason accolade. The three-year starter is a two-time All-ACC and NFHCA All-Region pick and is a member of USA Field Hockey’s National Team.
•McFerran (Larne, Northern Ireland) is also making her second appearance on the ACC Preseason Team. The two-time All-America selection and member of the Irish National Team led the league with six shutouts and stood second with a 1.27 goals-against average last season.
• Mink (Haaksbergen, Netherlands) earned NFHCA All-West region honors after leading the Cards with 15 goals and 33 points in 2016.

2017 ACC Field Hockey Preseason Poll
1. North Carolina (1) – 31
2. Duke (2) – 27
2. Syracuse (2) – 27
4. Louisville (1) – 22
5. Virginia (1) – 21
6. Wake Forest – 12
7. Boston College – 7

Lori Korte
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville Athletics