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WINTER-SPRING 2018

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33 WINTER/SPRING 2018 D uring the third weekend in November, a 72-hour stretch saw the athletic depart- ment and the city of Louisville stretched to the limits when the River City was the focal point of the intercollegiate sporting world. From Nov. 16 to 19, Uof L and the city hosted 12 games and two meets featuring almost 1,000 athletes. It began on Thursday in the KFC Yum! Center when the 5th-ranked Uof L women's basketball team smothered #24 Michigan in a Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament semifinal. Friday featured the men's basketball team capturing a win over Omaha and the volley- ball team sweeping North Carolina State on their way to an eventual ACC title. Trager Stadium hosted the 2017 NCAA Division I field hockey national semifinals for the fifth time in 15 years . Saturday brought more than 500 student athletes to E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park for the men's and women's NCAA D-I Cross Country National Championships. The field included Louisville's Dorcas Wasike, who became the first women's All-American in Uof L cross country history. That afternoon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson rolled up 381 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-10 rout of Syracuse. On Sunday, Uof L's volleyball team out-du- eled North Carolina in five sets in Cardinal Arena, and Myisha Hines-Allen led the women's basketball team to a win over then No. 10 Oregon. Meanwhile at Lynn Stadium, the men's soccer team beat San Francisco in the NCAA Tournament second round on their way to an Elite Eight finish. But the busiest venue on Sunday was Trager Stadium, where the NCAA Division I, II and III field hockey national champions were crowned. "The city of Louisville has always shown tremendous support for not only Uof L Ath- letics but any sport that comes to town," said Uof L Interim Director of Athletics Vince Tyra. "With the much-appreciated assistance of an army of volunteers from within our university and this community, the weekend was a prime example of what our athletic department can accomplish, both during games and as hosts for athletic competition. It was also a one-of-a- kind weekend for sports fans, who came from near and far to cheer on student-athletes at all levels across multiple sports." Louisville's teams went 7-0 over the stretch. When November came to a close, those same six teams posted an astonishing combined record of 26-3-1. THE HOST WITH THE MOST In one November weekend, UofL was site of competitions for close to 1,000 athletes

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