Aug. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Louisville

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- University of Louisville goalkeeper Heather Bustanoby was selected 2009 BIG EAST Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year while Nicole Youman was a unanimous pick to join her on the league preseason team. The Cardinals were chosen to finish third in the conference by league coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own team.

The 2008 BIG EAST regular-season and tournament field hockey champions Syracuse Orange were selected by the conference coaches to win the regular-season title in 2009 while fellow regular season co-champion Connecticut was picked to finish second. All three regular-season champions earned NCAA bids with Syracuse earning the automatic bid and Connecticut and Louisville gaining at-large berths.

Bustanoby, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va., finished the 2008 season ranked second in conference contests in goals against average (1.00) and tied for first in save percentage (.812) and shutouts (two).After starting all 21 games for the Cardinals last season, she was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and NFHCA All-West Region Second Team. Bustanoby was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29.

Youman, a junior midfielder from New South Wales, Australia, was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team for the second consecutive year. In 2008, she tallied a team-leading 27 points off eight goals and 11 assists. She is a two-time All-BIG EAST and NFHCA All-West Region first team selection.

Louisville (14-7, 5-1 BIG EAST) received 26 points to place third in the preseason poll. The Cardinals finished last season sharing the regular season title, but lost to Connecticut 4-1 in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals.  Head Coach Pam Bustin garnered 2008 BIG EAST Coach of the Year accolades. Louisville finished 2008 at No. 13 in the final STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.      

BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Nellie Poulin, F, Sr., Providence BIG EAST Preseason Co-Defensive Players of the Year Rachel Chamberlain, GK, Sr., Providence Heather Bustanoby, GK, Sr., Louisville

All-BIG EAST Preseason Team
Maggie Befort, B, Jr., Syracuse
Jenna Bull, M, Jr., Rutgers
Heather Bustanoby, GK, Sr., Louisville
Rachel Chamberlain, GK, Sr., Providence
*Lindsey Conrad, F, Jr., Syracuse
*Melissa Gonzalez, F, Jr., Connecticut
*Rayell Heistand, B, So., Connecticut
*Martina Loncarica, M, So., Syracuse
*Nellie Poulin, F, Sr., Providence
Lauren Wuzzardo, M/F, Jr., Villanova
*Nicole Youman, M/B, Jr., Louisville
* - unanimous selection

BIG EAST Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
    Points        EAST       Overall    Finish
Syracuse (4)            34                5-1            22-2                T1st
Connecticut (3)        33                5-1            17-4                T1st
Louisville                  26                5-1            14-7    T1st
Providence                21               3-3            12-9    4th
Villanova               15               2-4            12-7    5th
Rutgers      12              1-5            14-6    6th
Georgetown            6             0-6            0-17    7th