HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Louisville’s Shannon Sloss was named BIG EAST Field Hockey Rookie of the Year while four Cardinals earned All-BIG EAST Conference honors as announced at the league’s annual banquet Thursday evening. Senior Erin Schneidtmiller and junior Alyssa Voelmle were selected to the first team and sophomores Elisa Garcia and Sydney King were named to the second team.
Sloss (Pequea, Pa.) had an immediate impact during her rookie season, standing second on the team and tenth in the conference with 10 goals and 22 points. The forward has played in all 19 games with 17 starts and also leads the Cards offensively in conference play with four goals and one assist for nine points.
Schneidtmiller (Louisville, Ky.) stands third on the team with nine goals and 21 points on the season. The senior forward has three goals and seven points in BIG EAST play. The Cards’ team field captain was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 23.
Voelmle (Hershey, Pa.) is a three-time All-BIG EAST team member, having earned second team honors in 2011 and 2012. The junior midfielder leads UofL with 11 goals on the season and has one goal and three assists in league play. The preseason all-conference selection has been named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week twice this year.
King (Newport Beach, Calif.) earned All-BIG EAST second team honors after playing every minute of every game in the cage for the Cardinals. The redshirt sophomore posted a 1.43 goals against average with four shutouts on the season and helped the Cards to a 6-1 record in league play. She was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21.
Garcia (Santiago, Chile) has played in all 19 games and was pivotal in helping the Cards to a 6-1 record in the conference. The sophomore midfielder has scored three goals and dished out nine assists this season. In league play, she has three assists to go with one goal.
The BIG EAST Championship for field hockey will be held Nov. 8 and 10 at the George J. Sherman Complex on the campus of the University of Connecticut. The third-seeded Cardinals will face second-seeded and fifth ranked Old Dominion Friday at 7:30 p.m. No. 1 seed UConn will play No. 4 seed Temple Friday at 5 p.m. The two winners will play for the BIG EAST title Sunday at noon. The conference champion earns a bid to the 2013 NCAA Championship. UConn, ODU and Louisville finished in a three-way tie for first place with 6-1 records. The tiebreaker to determine seeding came down to goal differential in league games.
Led by third year head coach Justine Sowry, the Cardinals have posted a 15-4 record – the most wins since 2001 – and earned a share of the BIG EAST Regular season title with a 6-1 record in league play. Additionally, Louisville registered a 10-0 record at Trager Stadium for the first time in program history - three of those wins were against top-20 opponents. The Cardinals have been a mainstay in the NFHCA top 20 rankings this season, appearing as high as No. 14 where they have spent four weeks and are currently ranked.
2013 BIG EAST Field Hockey Awards
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Rosario Villagra – Old Dominion University
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Christy Longacre – Old Dominion University
BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
Shannon Sloss – University of Louisville
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Old Dominion University
All-BIG EAST First Team^
Sarah Mansfield, Connecticut, GK
*Christy Longacre, Old Dominion, B
Alyssa Voelmle, Louisville, B
*Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion, MF
*Roisin Upton, Connecticut, MF
*Rosario Villagra, Old Dominion, F
Chloe Hunnable, Connecticut, F
Amber Youtz, Temple, At-Large
Erin Schneidtmiller, Louisville, At-Large
MarieElena Bolles, Connecticut, At-Large
Katie Malone, Providence, At-Large
Anna Jeute, Connecticut, At-Large
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Liz Millen, Temple, GK
Maddy Harding, Villanova, B
Sophia Walia, Rutgers, B
Sarah Breen, Old Dominion, MF
Sophie Wright, Rutgers, MF
Molly Doyle, Temple, F
Daniella Bernasconi, Providence, F
Henni Tietze, Providence, At-Large
Elisa Garcia, Louisville, At-Large
Chrissy Davidson, Connecticut, At-Large
Sydney King, Louisville, At-Large
*Denotes unanimous selection
^Due to a tie in the voting, another position was added.