U of L field hockey team playing for title

It's a big weekend for University of Louisville Olympic sports, including the field hockey program. The U of L field hockey team will close out the season with games on Friday and Sunday at Trager Stadium.

The University of Louisville field hockey team has a lot to play for on the final weekend of the regular season, hosting Providence on Friday at Kent State on Sunday at Trager Stadium.

The Cardinals (13-4) have an RPI ranking of No. 14 and are in a three-way tie atop the Big East Conference with Old Dominion and Connecticut.

The game on Friday at 6 o'clock will be the Big East finale, while the Sunday game is Senior Day and a non-conference contest.

"We have set ourselves up very, very well," U of L coach Justine Sowry said. "We have taken care of the teams we were supposed to take care of and we are in a good position. Now, we just have to take care of this weekend."

Louisville has a 5-1 record in the Big East Conference and are hoping for a bid into the 16-team NCAA Tournament next month. The Big East tournament is next week to be played in Storrs, Conn.

Freshman Shannon Sloss leads the Cardinals with 10 goals and one assist for 21 points, while senior Erin Schneidtmiller and junior Alyssa Voelmle have nine goals and three assists each.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King carries a 1.49 goals-against average with 79 saves and three shutouts while playing every minute of every game.

"We have done a great job at one-game at a time," Sowry said. "We have a goal of ours to be undefeated at home, to protect Trager. We want to take care of the first game and that would really set us up.

Sowry said she is "so proud" of this roster because they have helped the program "turn the corner." Schneidtmiller, Michelle Amon and Kelsey Rosenmeier are the three seniors to be honored on Sunday.

"It's been building for theee years to get to this point where we can have a successful season," Sowry said. "Now, we just have to finish strong."

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