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May 5, 2014

Louisville still dominant in Big East



That headline might seem like a misprint to most readers but it is in fact the state of two sports at the University of Louisville still playing in the former conference.

With the breakup of the 16-team conference into basically the 'new Big East' and the football-playing American Athletic Conference, the newly-formed AAC didn't include women's lacrosse and field hockey as competitive sports.

That left UofL with few options for these two established sports that would transfer in 2014 into the Atlanta Coast Conference, but with a one year hiatus and nowhere to go. The UofL athletic department petitioned the Big East for a one-year extension in the conference for the two women's sports, and was accepted.

Field Hockey, in its last year in the league, finished in a tie for first with UConn and new member Old Dominion. It was the second first-place tie for the Cardinals since their first year in the league in 2006. All three teams had 6-1 records in league play.

The women's lacrosse team started playing a Big East schedule in 2009. Prior to 2014 they had never finished above fourth in the league. In their final Big East appearance, the Louisville women dominated the league, winning the regular season title and the tournament championship. They finished 7-0 on the season and 2-0 in the tournament.

In her seventh season as Louisville's lacrosse coach, Kellie Young has methodically built a champion and is well positioned to move the Cards into the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. In only the sixth season of existence, the team will play in their first NCAA Tournament. Louisville is currently ranked 24th nationally but defeated Georgetown who is ranked 21st for the Big East Tournament Championship.

It appears Louisville lacrosse got their game together just in time, too. Five of the top ten teams in the country are members of the ACC, including the top three teams in America.



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