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  1. 1. FALL editionCARDINALS 12-13 CARDS RANK 25th IN THE COUNTRY AT THE END OF THIS SEASON SEASON WRAP-UP WE’VE MOVED! CARDS SOCIAL MEDIA New ways to connect A recap of this What does with your Cardinals! season’s most exciting transitioning to the (pg 10) wins and our journey ACC mean for the through the BIG EAST University of (pg 9) Louisville and the FACELIFT FOR THE S.B. field hockey program? LOCKER ROOM SAYING GOODBYE (pg 9) New photos from inside Our Seniors Amber, the Cardinal locker Erin, Tash and Haley room finish with UofLFH (pg 6&8) (pg 4) [1]
  2. 2. AUGUST 2012 Four Team Tournament: This year’s participants were Northwestern, Northeastern, Miami of Ohio and Louisville Day 1: Northeastern beats Louisville, 3-2 Locker room Dedication Day 2: Northwestern defeats Miami of Ohio 3-0 Day 3: Championship Game, NE downs NW 2-124 Sherrill Louisville defeats Miami-OH, 3-125 Brakmeier26 Classic SEPTEMBER1 v. Davidson (W 3-2)3 v. Ball State (W 5-0) TRAVEL BEGINS7 @ Indiana (L 3-2 OT)8 @ Indiana v. Ohio University (W 2-1) • Paige Monsen and Elisa Garcia score their first collegiate goals >>> • Senior, Tash Leickly and sister, Clarissa, square off when we play OU14 @ MSU v. Central Michigan (W 3-2 OT)16 @ MSU (L 2-1 OT)21 BIG EAST Conference play begins v. Georgetown (W 4-2) This weekend was quite the trip for Louisville field hockey; it was a quick turnaround after beating Georgetown at home, to load up the bus and make our way to Kent State. Being23 @ Kent State (W 6-1) upgraded to the luxury bus (or as the team liked to call it, “the rockstar bus”) made the trip a little more comfortable. Before we went to the hotel, we made our way to the field for a brief practice session, a torrential downpour ensued and quickly nixed any of the coaches plans. After a wacky lead up, the Cards featured their highest scoring game. With 6 goals total, four separate Cardinals notched goals for the team: senior, Haley Jurich (her third at the time), sophomore, Becca Maddock (her 7th), freshman Elisa Garcia knocked in two, as29 @ Syracuse #1 (L 3-0) did senior, Amber Thomas.30 @ Albany #25 (L 3-1) their PINK game [2]
  3. 3. The team looked sharp in their OCTOBER Pink Day uniforms, while taking Louisville Field Hockey Team hosts KIDS CLINIC 6 it to Iowa, winning 2–1 against the 11th ranked team. Vic << Stratton scored her first career v. #3 University of Connecticut (L 2-1) goal off a corner to tie the game, Elisa Garcia put in the game #11 University of Iowa (W 2-1) 7 winner just before halftime. @ Rutgers (L 3-1) 12 @ #22 Wake Forest (W 2-1) 14 v. Villanova (W 3-1) Senior Day 20 FH/LAX Golf Outing @ Oxmoor Country Club (see pg 5) 21 v. #21 Ohio State (W 4-3 OT) 22 }This was a must win came for the Cards; we had to beat Providence in order to gain a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament. Understanding the importance of this game, everyone was a bit nervous, but completely believed in our ability to take home the win. Alyssa Voelmle registered the only goal of the first half, it came just seconds before the break and gave us the upper hand. PC scored the equalizer less than ten @ Providence College (W 2-1) 27 minutes into the second half, but we answered quickly with a beautiful goal by ErinSchneidtmiller off a connecting pass from Becca Maddock. Erin Conrad came up big in the cage for us this game, with 6 huge saves. The team worked hard to keep possession of the ball for the remainder of the game, allowing us to hold on to the lead and win, putting us at #3 for the BE Tournament. Halloweeeeeen 31 The final game of our season was the most inspiring. period. Our young women NOVEMBER played with an intensity and passion of a Semi-Finals BIG EAST Championship Tournament 2 team that had a complete belief that it was their time. It was arguably the closest Syracuse University beats Providence College matched game in Louisville’s BIG EAST Louisville v. University of Connecticut (L 2-1 OT) history. The game was scoreless until the 60 minute mark when UCONN snuck a BIG EAST Championship 4 goal past keeper, Erin Conrad; the Cards UCONN upsets Syracuse (4-3) answered quickly when senior, Amber Thomas put one in the cage off of a rebound. Regulation ended with a tie, in overtime UCONN was awarded a corner First Round of NCAA Tournament 10 and capitalized on a somewhat controversial shot. It was a tough loss to Second Round of NCAA Tournament 11 take, but reminded us that our future is bright. Final Four @ Old Dominion University 16 Princeton and UNC meet in the National Championship Game @ ODU 18 Princeton walks away with the title, winning 3-2 Big day for the CARDS, Louisville moves to the ACC! 28 [3]
  4. 4. Happy to the team’s standards. The four of Erin’s five year career at Louisville has them are an amazing example to future given her a lot of tools for the next Cardinal squads; when we think back to step in her life, including an this season we will remember their undergraduate degree in businessTrails! passion, work ethic, forthrightness, and management and a soon-to-be receptivity. graduate degree in sports administration. Erin has always been a This season all of our seniors had some stellar student and has been a greatLouisville Field Hockey Says amazing achievements (major awards example to her teammates over the outlined on page 6). Amber Thomas past five years. Her participation inGoodbye to 2012-2013 was the team’s highest point earner, Team ONE and her work with ourSeniors finishing the season with 21 points and sports psychologist over the past year, team high 10 goals. If earning penalty have helped her mature into a more corners was a statistic, Amber would be vocal leader. our highest for that as well. “She worked hard to get into the circle,” One of our greatest “leaders by Assistant Coach Lucas Piccioli said, example” this season and during her “and every time she crossed the line, entire career, was Natasha Leickly. Amber looked to get a result.” Amber Tash was a solid defender, always the took her role as captain of the team very model of consistency. Consistently seriously. On many occasions Justine giving her best and consistent with her referenced Amber’s massive turnaround skill set which allowed us to rely on her on the pitch, in the classroom, and in multiple roles. She even was able to mentally. The way that she carried broaden her abilities this year, inserting herself through the season showed that on penalty corners later in the season. she took great pride in the role that she Tash was and is a star student; being was given and also understood the named to the dean’s list every massive amount of responsibility that semester that she has been a student came with it. The coaching staff could at the University of Louisville. Like not be happier with the result of Amber’s many of the members of the field four years at Louisville. She will hockey team, Tash sacrificed her graduate with a degree in summer to stay on campus and work Communications as well as some out, refining her connection with impressive athletic honors like being Victoria Stratton, which was imperative selected to the All-West Region first for our backfield’s success this year. team and to the All-BIG EAST first team. (continued on page 8)The Louisville Field Hockey program issad to see such amazing women leave Her fellow captain, Erin Conrad, alsous, but we are ready to see where their took home some lofty honors this year,futures take them. being named to the All-BIG EAST second team and being named the BIGAmber, Haley, Erin, and Tash have left EAST Defensive Player of the Week insuch an impression on all of us, their the third week of October. Anyone whopassion for the sport and our school is saw this year’s games againstinspiring and will be missed. The four Providence, UCONN (both times), Wakeof them filled the roles of leaders this Forest and Iowa, know that Erin Conradyear and helped lead the team to was our rock in the back field. Shesuccess on and off the pitch. They all came up with some huge saves againstfully embraced the messages the quality opponents, throwing her body atcoaching and support staff had the ball and making dynamic saves. Notpreached as well as the lessons about only was her skill set an asset for us thisthe effectiveness of positivity taught by year, her leadership among a youngthe team’s sports psychologists. They defense and midfield line really took thisopened their hearts up to the coaching year’s team to the next level. Strong andchange that came in their junior year communicative in the back, Erin instilledand welcomed each new freshmen confidence in those teammates in frontclass with, not only open arms, but of her.with an expectation for them to adhere [4]
  5. 5. First Annual FH/LAX Golf Outing a Director of Operations for both teams, Patty Norton, did a fabulous job inSuccess! THANKS TO organizing the event and ordered some The weekend of October 20th was a amazing prizes. Engraved photo boxes forbusy one for Louisville Field Hockey. In the wining foursome and engraved vases YOU!between two exciting wins, one against filled with University of Louisville golf ballsconference opponent Villanova on Friday for winners of the Longest Drive andand another against Ohio State (who was Closest to the Hole contests.ranked #21 at the time) the field hockey Not only did everyone had a wonderful Not only does it allow ourand lacrosse programs hosted the first time, enjoying the weather and the program to have the bestannual Golf Outing. It was an absolutely company, but we were able to raise money facilities in the country,gorgeous day at the Oxmoor Country Club for important projects within both of the your donations allow thein Louisville, KY. programs. Money raised from events like young women of the The event started off with a light lunch this go to our locker room restoration Louisville field hockeyand a silent auction. Participants of the projects as well as helping to pay forOuting bid on items donated by each of team be the absolute best leadership building programs like “Thethe programs and local businesses; some their minds and bodies will Program” that field hockey will be usingof the packages included field hockey and this coming spring. “The Program” is a allow them to be!lacrosse gear, hotel vouchers, and a spa leadership development system based onpackages. Mulligans were on sale as well, Marine Corps principles. The University A big thank you goes outwhich we quickly sold out of! has seen much success from it in the past to our newest boosters: Each foursome was given two golf and we’re excited to be utilizing it thiscarts and a scorecard. They were sent off spring. Mary K. Korfhageto their respective holes for a shotgun Keep on the lookout for information on Missy Brierystart. The field hockey team was stationed the 2nd annual Golf Outing, which will be Debbie Condrevaat hole two to help with putting and the held in the Fall of 2013! Information will belacrosse team held down hole 10 to chip Janine Chancellor posted in the Summer newsletter, online,with their sticks. It’s hard to tell how much and sent out via email. Jim and Hilda Quisenberrythe teams improved any of the scores, but Mindy Saurer (Darnell)everyone certainly appreciated their Molly Mershonenthusiasm. Kelley Fisher The Voelmle Family The Mason Family Field Hockey David and Crystal Gebhart Putting at Hole Julie Pogue 2 Susan Connelly Hammond April White Donna and Peter Cabral Kathleen McVeigh Katherine Reese [5]
  6. 6. 2012 ReCARDnitionAmber Thomas, Sr. Forward• All-West Region First Team• All BIG EAST First TeamErin Conrad, Sr. Goalkeeper• All BIG EAST Second Team PHASE 1 COMPLETE!• BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (10.29.12)Natasha Leickly, Sr. Back The Sherrill Brakmeier Locker Room gets a Facelift• UofL Student-Athlete of the Week Since Justine arrived at Louisville, In the next phase of the project the she has been hard at work, updating large wall without any lockers will beErin Schneidtmiller, Jr. Forward the team culture and was hoping that transformed into Louisville Field the facilities would come to reflect Hockey’s wall of fame, where major• BIG EAST All-Tournament Team that change. With the help of the academic and athletic awards will be graphic design department, Justine’s highlighted. Players from the past willAlyssa Voelmle, Soph. Midi vision is coming to fruition. be recognized and there will be room• All BIG EAST Second Team Phase one of the renovation project for all of new awards our amazing• BIG EAST Defensive Player of the focused on the main wall of the locker young women will be sure to win. Week (10.22.12) room where the whiteboard and TV This wall will also feature a wrap and hang. Now, flanking the whiteboard although a final decision has yet to be are two panels, one highlighting the made on how names of awardees will season’s schedule, the other holds the be constructed, it will surely pop! team’s weekly awards. The weekly Justine carefully chose the quotes award panel is finished like a dry and photographs emphasized on the erase board that allows the coaches walls of the Sherrill Brakmeier Locker to write in the names of the winners Room. The words, awards, and every week. intensity of the design will remind the The wall itself is wrapped in a young women of the Louisville field plastic material that is applied using h o c k e y p ro g r a m o f i t ’s g o a l s , heat. The material gives the illusion standards, past and future, everyday that the quotes and art are painted on, that they walk into their locker room. but protect the existing paint. The wrap also allows edges of the design (see more photos on page 8) to be sharper and colors more contrasted. [6]
  7. 7. ROUND 1: WORLD LEAGUE UofL Practice Player Will Holt Takes Off for Chula Vista Will has been a part of Chris Clements when the team was the National program for named, “they will provide guidance and several years, taking leadership for the very talented youngsters some time off to play who have been rewarded for their very professionally in Belgium, promising year with the Junior Squad.” but decided last year that The first round was a breeze for the it was time to bite the Men’s team, beating Mexico 16-0; veteran bullet and finish his player, Will Holt, scored a hat trick. The undergrad. He had been second game of the tournament against taking some classes in Guatemala ended with the U.S. on top, California, where he is 8-0. Will had a goal in that game as well. originally from, but So what’s next for the Men’s team and Over the past season U.S. Men’s decided to transfer his Holt? They will travel to Rio de Janeiro,National Team member, Will Holt, has been credits to the University of Louisville where Brazil in February 2013 to compete incoming to practice nearly every day to he is now considered a Junior. Round 2 of the World League.train with the Louisville field hockey team. Last month, Will took a short leave We are so thankful for the time thatHe has been a great asset to us over the from school to play in the men’s World Will has spent with the field hockey teampast couple months, providing his League, an extensive tournament whose over the fall and the support he has givenknowledge at our summer camp, filling first round matches took place all over the us on the sideline of our home games. It’snumerous roles on our scout teams, and world. The U.S. was fortunate to host one an incredible opportunity that many otheradding an element of speed to our of the sites and teams from Mexico and teams are not afforded, to play every dayscrimmages... also, it’s just pretty cool to Guatemala. The final squad of 18 was with a high-caliber player like Will. We looksay you practice everyday with a player on named on November 14, 2012. “We have forward to highlighting more of histhe national team. a core group of very experienced players, successes in future newsletters and wish including Pat Harris, Kevin Barber, Will him the best of luck in February. Holt, and Arjan Reyatt,” said head coach CARDS IN THE COMMUNITY Once our busy season has ended, race, and this is where we helped on live air, "Everyone needs a we have made a collaborative effort register runners, and warm up the home ;)". As SAAC members as a team to reach out to the girls before they ran. Michelle, Michelle and I visited Kosairs community in many different ways. Paige, and I also at served at the Childrens Hospital where we walked This is highly important to us GET FIT: Healthy Family Training around the pediatric oncology unit because as student athletes we are Camp before the UofL vs. UK delivering smiles and UofL themed HUGE role models for the city of womens basketball game. This gifts to the kids. These kids were all Louisville, and the people that event was held by the American so brave and put huge smiles on our support us. The first event we did Heart Association and ran all faces. After we all come back from was at the  Kentucky Humane different stations (parents and the holidays and break we plan to S o c i e t y, w h e r e w e a s s i s t e d child friendly), to help teach about volunteer at many different during "Picture Your Pet with Santa". living a healthy lifestyle for ones organizations. One that is already It is where pet owners bring their family. We worked at the "spirit scheduled is with the Kaleidoscope animals to get their pictures taken station" and "louisville athlete" organization, who we have worked with Santa for the coming holidays. station where we helped kids with before. This charity is for older This was a lot of fun... and some of make signs for the game, and ran men and women who have many our most pet-loving teammates tried them through a few quick-feet different mental disabilities. During walking out with a few. During the ladders. Paige and I also the season they supported us and same weekend Mallory and I volunteered at the WLKY child came to a lot of our home games, so volunteered at Louisvilles Girls on adopt-a-thon, where we answered we are so eager to work with them the Run which is an organization that phones from people across the again and show our support! is taught through elementary schools state that were pledging live to to promote a fit and healthy lifestyle Louisville childrens adoption Go Cards! to young girls. The final event is a 5k agencies. As Paige Monsen said -Michelle Amon & Rebecca Maddock [7]
  8. 8. (continued from page 4) as well. She was an incredible leaderMORE LOCKER Natasha will remain at Louisville for this year, advocating the coaches’ one more year, finishing her degree in expectations and keeping the team early education with a concentration humble and appreciative.ROOM PHOTOS on special needs. She has juggled her tough class schedule with the demands of field hockey and her Haley has been solid in the classroom as well earning many honors in her student teaching responsibilities four years including Dean’s list impeccably. She will continue with distinction, named to the NFHCA more classroom time in the next year National Academic Squad, and named to gain her teaching certificate and get to the Athletic Director’s honor roll. closer to her career goal of teaching Haley scored three goals for us this students with special needs, but she year and while she certainly had value said we will definitely see her next year on the forward line, no one can argue at the BIG EAST Championship game! Haley’s intrinsic value to our program. We asked her what her advice would Her attitude and demeanor are bar be to an incoming freshman, her none. She has the respect of her answer “Come to preseason physically teammates and coaches and will fit and be ready to learn. Come with definitely have a bright future because an open mind.” Some great advice. of her incredible work ethic and loyalty. Last but certainly not least, we highlight Haley Jurich; the senior with All four of our seniors have left an arguably the most passion for the indelible imprint on our program and program and the University of will be referenced when anything gets Louisville. Haley made incredible hard; because when the road got strides with her fitness over the past tough for them they kept a positive season, allowing us to incorporate outlook and worked through it. Any aggressive presses into our game successes in this program’s future will plan. Haley did some amazing work be due to the important foundation on the forward line, running the ball that this group of young women down, keeping pressure on the ball helped lay. carrier and contributing on our attack [8]
  9. 9. FROM THE DESK OF: Season recap It is hard to believe that our season came to a crashing halt over a month ago. Our season is so compact, the shortest in all sportsJUSTINE SOWRY and we go a hundred miles an hour for three months. Although our season concluded with a semi-final over-time loss against Connecticut, there were an incredible amount of positives that we can take away from the season.HEAD COACH OF THE CARDS RECAPS THESEASON AND DISCUSSES THE COMING SPRING The consistency that we displayed over the course of the season was impressive. A minor slip up against one opponent (Rutgers)We are going to the ACC! And YES, we are ecstatic! The name but a quick and resounding comeback (WFU) was a telltale sign“University of Louisville” has been plastered all throughout media on what a resilient team we had. We had no ‘stars’. On any givensources and social networks over the last month. It has been day, some other group of players stepped up and led the teamquite the ride and the buzz around the campus and within the with resounding performances. We had great leadership, lowcommunity has been peaking. drama and one of the hardest working and most committed teams that I have ever coached. If anyone witnessed our finalThe strong performances of all of our fall sports teams, our game against UConn or viewed it online, you would have noticedfootball team earning a spot in our first ever BCS Sugar Bowl a team that had tremendous growth over the course of the seasonappearance, our men’s and women’s basketball programs being and would have considered it ‘unlucky’ to lose a game of thatranked in the top 5 and top 10, respectively, and finally being magnitude. They literally played their hearts out, they could not beaccepted into the ACC. What a perfect ending for 2012. Our faulted and they should be VERY proud of their performance. Itadministration led by the remarkable Tom Jurich and Dr. Ramsey was a heartbreaker.have worked tirelessly to find us a home where all 23 of our sportscan compete. After months of speculation we find ourselves in the As we move forward we must continue to learn lessons and growmost challenging field hockey conference in the country. from the experience. Our 2013 fall schedule is almost complete and it is a precursor to our inaugural year in the ACC. It is going toAs one news article recently quoted “Louisville’s field hockey be tough!team faces….without a doubt…the biggest challenges andupgrade of any of the Cardinal sports squads. Men or women. We have a fabulous staff in place so the spring will no doubt beWelcome to the big time, Cardinal Field Hockey!” Yes it’s true. In one of our most productive in terms of our technical skill2014 the ACC conference is made up UNC, Syracuse, Virginia, development. We have a young team so we still have a great coreBoston College, Duke and Wake Forest; all within the top 25 of group of players in place to develop and improve the tacticalthe country. There are no ‘easy’ wins and it is not an easy task by component and we will continue to develop and enhance theany means. However, this is exactly where we want to be and with mental training and toughness, which has proved to be mostevery challenge there is an opportunity. beneficial. Heather Engel our Sport Performance coach has the team in a place that I haveWe are not going to be never seen. We are Division I‘just a member’ of the athletes!ACC as we have highexpectations to make an We have a long and difficultimpact and to win journey ahead and we areChampionships in the not ready and willing for thetoo distant future. Our challenge. Louisville is aresources, support staff GREAT place to be.and facilities are without adoubt one of the best, if Finally I want to give thanks tonot the best in the my coaching staff Lucas andcountry. The overall level Kirstin for their support, effortof support that is given to and importantly their ability toour program and to our make me laugh. Thank you tostudent-athletes is second our amazing Performanceto none and we can be staff made up of Carole,very successful given the Heather, Tim and Patty andright ingredients. With a finally those people behind thenew staff in place and scenes who complete ourwhich completed its first season together, we are well on the way. team Nicole (Academics), Lori (Sport Info), Bailey (Marketing) andWe have a great 2013 class committed and now we want to top it Brent (facilities). You all make this ship run smoothly.off with our first ACC 2014 recruiting class. Without a doubt,recruiting is the linchpin of our success in the ACC. Happy Holidays to all and wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year. GO CARDS! [9]
  10. 10. ODDS AND ENDS CONNECT WITH THE CARDS Follow us on Twitter @ulfieldhockey @CoachSowry Like our page on Facebook Louisville Field Hockey Check out the NEW athletics website gocards.comUPCOMING EVENTS IN 2013! FH BANQUET 7V7 TOURNEY UOFL INVITE ALUMNI DAY February 16 March 23-24 April 13-14 April 20 11:00-1:00 Louisville Louisville Same day as University hosts a High hosts other Thunder over Club School 7v7 Div I colleges Louisville, tournament at at spring details to Trager Stadium tournament follow! For Sale...Louisville FH Gear! Need the perfect gift for that Louisville Field Hockey fan or maybe, you just want some of it for yourself? Contact the field hockey offices via email (kirstin@gocards.com) for a list of merchandise, sizes and pricing. We will ship your orders or have them available for pick up the next time your visiting Trager Stadium! Hurry! It’s going fast! #oneteam Legendary Louisville, basketball coach, Rick Pitino, gave the team a inspirational pep talk before BIG EAST Semi-final game versus UCONN. Pitino touched on important lessons like self-esteem and believing in your abilities as an athlete; he also gave us some insight into his mantra of “amazing defense” which our young women embodied in that night’s game. A big thank you goes out to Coach Pitino for calming our nerves and telling us some great stories! [10]
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