Louisville Conquers Snow, Detroit Mercy
from press release
DETROIT - The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team showed it had no problem overcoming the inclement weather it was dealt. With nine different players scoring goals and the defense registering 17 caused turnovers, the Cardinals routed Detroit 19-2 in 28 degree weather and snow at Titan Field in Detroit, Mich.
"Today was not only a traditional win, but a win over the elements," head coach Kellie Young said. "Our players overcame snow and wind chill conditions. I'm incredibly proud of our draw and re-defending. Any mistakes we made were far outweighed by our incredible effort to possess the ball."
With the victory, Louisville improved to 6-1 and tied its best record through the first seven games in program history. The Cardinals held the Titans scoreless and dominated the first half of play.
Erika Eipp, who is proving herself as an offensive threat this season, scored her first of two goals in the opening period at the 28:51 mark on an assist from Katie Oliverio. Louisville's next three goals, two scored by Cortnee Daley and one by Nikki Boltja, were registered over a two-and-a-half-minute span.
Jamie Redding continued the scoring seven minutes later, and Louisville recorded four more goals before the break to put the Cardinals ahead, 9-0. It is the second time this season that Louisville has shut out an opponent in opening period, with the last time coming against Presbyterian on Saturday.
Defensively, the Cardinals limited Detroit to just three shots, one on goal, 3-for-15 on clear attempts and held the Titans without a draw control in the period.
The second half was a near mirror of the first, with Detroit managing just two goals. The Titans (1-6) scored the opening goal of the period and tallied their only other score with nine minutes remaining in the contest.
Between Detroit's pair of goals, Louisville went on a 5-0 run that included Boltja's fourth and fifth goals of the game. The junior has posted at least three goals in every game this season, and her combined 10 goals in the last two games give her 29 through seven contests.
The Cardinals then closed the game with five-straight scores, including Carissa Corbett's first and second of the season, and Kelli Gerding's first collegiate score. Oliverio, who assisted on two of the goals, picked up her third and fourth assists of the day to push her season total to 16.
For the game, Louisville outshot Detroit, 40-9.
Much of Louisville's offense was triggered by its effectiveness on the draw, as the Cardinals finished the game with a 20-3 advantage. Kaylin Morissette and Monica Negron each tallied seven draw controls.
Ashley Herbst, again, played all 60 minutes in goal and made five stops to improve her season record to 6-1. The Pittsford, N.Y., native owns a 6.73 goals-against-average mark this season.
Negron also tied with Hillary Bushway for a game-best three caused turnovers apiece.
Louisville continues its five-game road trip with a Sunday match at Drexel in Philadelphia, Pa. First draw on March17 is set for 1 p.m.
Louisville has held its opponents to three or fewer goals four times this season.The Cardinals have held an opponent scoreless twice in the first half this season, with the first coming against Presbyterian on Saturday.Louisville has four wins this season by 10 or more goals.The Cardinals had a plus 17 edge on draw controls. For the last three games Louisville owns a plus 36 edge on draw controls.Sophomore Carissa Corbett scored her first collegiate goal in the second half.Kelli Gerding became the 16th Cardinal to score a goal this season.