March 12, 2011

Big Second Half Carries Louisville Past Jacksonville

from press release

CUMMING, Ga. - The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team erupted for 13 second-half goals, turning a 4-3 halftime lead into a 17-7 victory over Jacksonville in a neutral game held at West Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga., on Saturday afternoon.

The game marked the first NCAA Division I women's lacrosse contest to be played in the state of Georgia, and it was the Cardinals' first regular-season neutral site game. With the win, Louisville improves to 4-0 on the year.

"I was pleased with our focus and patience in the second half," coach Kellie Young says. "We were calm in the second half when we got in the green zone."

Senior Emily Dashiell put the Cardinals on the scoreboard 29 seconds into the game, marking the third time in four contests this season that the Cardinals have scored within the first minute. The senior added three more scores to go along with a game-high five draw controls and four ground balls.

Senior Lianne Bobal netted her fourth goal of the season to start the second half surge and finished with four goals on the afternoon. Classmate Bergan Foley immediately responded with back-to-back goals, her 16th and 17th of the season. Foley finished with a game-high five goals after not scoring for the second time in her career on March 4 against Oregon.

Junior Brooke Campbell registered her first goal of the season, expanding the Cardinals' lead to a game-high 11 goals off of a remarkable feed from senior Sammy Allen. Senior Liz Lovejoy and freshman Nikki Boltja rounded out the scoring for the Cardinals.   

"We featured another balanced scoring attack this afternoon with six people finding the back of the net," said Young.

Freshman goalkeeper Ashley Herbst made 10 saves, while senior midfielder Aimee Dixon picked up a game-high five ground balls.

"Ashley had a phenomenal day," said Young. "She was consistent and constantly came up with big saves in key moments. Overall, our defense played really well and made good decisions. We held their leading scorer, Morgan Derner, scoreless, which is largely attributed to Monica Negron's stellar defense."

The Cardinal transition game started out slowly, with the Cardinals failing to convert on their first three clear attempts. However, Louisville was able to convert on its next nine clear attempts. Similar to its past two games, Louisville was involved in a physical battle that featured 60 fouls and seven yellow cards.

"We focused on taking care of the ball in the second half and making good decisions," said Young. "We trusted our speed more in the second half."

Louisville continues its three game road trip with a mid-week game at Sacred Heart on Thursday, March 17, at 3 p.m.

Game Notes
- The game marked the first NCAA Division I women's lacrosse contest to be played in the state of Georgia.

- The Cardinals have scored at least 10 goals in 14-straight games. The last game in which the Cardinals did not score 10 goals was an 11-9 loss at then-No. 8 Notre Dame on March 27, 2010.

- For the second-straight season, Louisville has had a freshman goalkeeper start the season 4-0, with Danielle Pawliw in 2010 and Ashley Herbst this season.

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