March 27, 2011

Louisville Holds Off Cincy in Big East Shootout

from press release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In their last game, the Cardinals were the ones scratching and clawing in the final minutes for a comeback win.

On Sunday, the roles were reversed. The No. 18-ranked University of Louisville women's lacrosse team managed to hang on for its first BIG EAST win of the year, despite a late Cincinnati comeback, 18-15, at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium in the Cardinals' BIG EAST opener.

The Cardinals (7-1, 1-0 BIG EAST), who were ahead 13-6 to start the second period, saw their lead start to slip in the early minutes of the half. MacKenzie Parsons scored one of her three goals in the contest at the 27:53 mark to cut Louisville's lead down to six.

Lianne Bobal responded moments later on a free-position shot, but Cincinnati (2-7, 0-1) received scores from Ali Mattingly and Kyle Ramsland to inch closer, trailing 14-9.

Three goals within five minutes by the Cardinals temporarily staved off the comeback. Katie Oliverio started the spurt, scoring on a breakaway that pitted her against the goalkeeper, and Oliverio was able to win the one-on-one for her second goal of the game. A little more than a minute later, Emily Dashiell found the back of the net on a shot low and away, giving the Cardinals a 16-9 advantage. Despite a Cincinnati goal, Colleen O'Malley tacked on the third score at the 14:26 mark, keeping the Cardinals ahead by seven.

The Bearcats defense kept the Cardinals' offense at bay toward the end of the game, despite allowing an Oliverio goal at the 7:09 mark, for the remainder of the contest. Five different players scored over the final 11:21, including three within the final four minutes of regulation, but it wasn't enough to overcome Louisville's first-half performance.

In an intense game, which featured 78 combined fouls and eight yellow cards, the Cardinals opened the contest with a quick score from Sammy Allen at the 28:34 mark. Dashiell had the ball behind the cage, and Allen curled around inside the crease to tuck away her eighth goal of the year. Over the next two minutes, Meghan Ryan and Liz Lovejoy each netted goals to put Louisville up, 3-0.

Cincinnati's Ramsland and Parsons sandwiched a Dashiell goal at the 25:39 mark, coming within two of the Cardinals, but it was the closest the Bearcats would come to in the first.

Louisville then tacked on three-straight goals over the next two minutes - two of which came from Bobal - and then closed the period on a 3-0 run, with Bergan Foley registering her only two goals of the game.

Bobal finished with a game-high four goals, while Oliverio and Lovejoy - who had three assists and six draw controls - registered three goals apiece.

Dashiell earned a season-best three caused turnovers and had totals of four draw controls and three points (two goals, one assist).

For the first time this season, Louisville utilized all three goalkeepers. Ashley Herbst, who earned the win and improved to 7-1, made five saves. Danielle Pawliw made her season debut, stopping one shot in 17 minutes of action, while Katie Zoeller logged more than seven minutes between the pipes.

Collectively, the Cardinals outshot Cincinnati, 38-27 and won the draw control battle, 24-11.

Louisville returns to action on Wednesday, March 30, to face 15th-ranked Vanderbilt. Start time at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium is set for 3 p.m.

Notes

The Cardinals have registered the first goal in seven of eight games this year. Oregon was the lone team to find the back of the net before the Cardinals.

Louisville's 24 draw controls against Cincinnati set a school record, besting the old mark of 21 set against Jacksonville on April 17, 2010. Individually, Liz Lovejoy notched a career high with six draw controls.

Louisville saw a season-high nine individuals find the back of the net. The previous high was eight, coming at Manhattan on March 19.

Junior Eleni Kozas became the 13th Cardinal to record a point this season with her first-half assist against the Bearcats.

Senior attacker Liz Lovejoy set a career high with three assists against the Bearcats.


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