Louisville Tops Villanova on Rainy Sunday
from press release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A dominating first half of play helped the University of Louisville women's lacrosse team post a 13-10 decision over Villanova on a rainy Sunday afternoon at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium on the Cardinals' Senior Day and regular-season finale.
The Cardinals (11-6, 3-5 BIG EAST) won their last three games and finished the regular season with their best home mark in school history at 8-1.
Louisville powered its way through the first half, outscoring Villanova 10-3 to mark the Cardinals' fifth game this year in which they scored at least 10 goals in the opening period.
After the Wildcats took a 1-0 advantage on Ali Judge's first of two goals in the game, the Cardinals went on a 5-0 spurt started by Kaylin Morissette's 41st goal of the year. After sprinting past a defender and with one still on her hip, Morissette ripped a shot that tied the game at one apiece.
Nikki Boltja, Cortnee Daley, and Monica Negron each scored in succession, and Morissette capped the run with 11:37 remaining in the half on an unassisted score.
Shannon Gavin tacked on Villanova's (6-10, 1-7) second goal, but as Louisville has done all season, it went on another run that ultimately pushed its lead to the largest of the game at seven.
Colleen O'Malley struck twice, recording career-high goals 23 and 24, followed by Boltja's 61st of the season, and Daley's second of the contest. Villanova scored its third and final goal of the half before Boltja hat-trick goal delivered Louisville a 10-3 advantage heading into the break.
The period decisively belonged to Louisville, as the Cardinals outshot the Wildcats 21-5, had a commanding 11-3 lead in draw controls, and held a 7-5 edge in ground balls.
Villanova came out firing in the second half, scoring six of the first seven goals. Not only did they register consecutive goals to open the period, but after Boltja's game-high fourth goal at the 23-minute mark, the Wildcats scored three straight to cut the deficit to three at 11-8.
Louisville proved to be too much, though, as the game winded down. The two teams traded goals, and the Cardinals maintained possession for a majority of the waning minutes to preserve the win. Notably, the Cardinals' defense limited the Wildcats to just two shots in the final seven minutes of the match.
The Cardinals finished the contest on the positive side of a 17-8 decision in draw controls, led by Monica Negron's game-high eight and Morissette's six. Morissette has totaled 66 this season, the third-highest figure in a year in school history, while Negron's 65 rank as the fourth most.
Villanova was led by Jackie Froccaro's three goals, all of which came in the second half.
Prior to the game, Louisville honored seniors Janaye Dzikewich, who matched a game high with two caused turnovers, Danielle Pawliw, and Oliverio.