Louisville Storms Past Detroit Mercy, 18-1

from press release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kaylin Morissette totaled career highs of six goals and nine draw controls, and the University of Louisville women's lacrosse team stormed past Detroit 18-1 on a chilly Sunday afternoon in the UofL Lacrosse Stadium.

Louisville (1-1) jumped out to a 10-goal lead to open the game, while dominating time of possession for the span of the contest. The Cardinals finished with an 18-3 advantage on the draw, while limiting the Titans to just four shots in 60 minutes of action.

Morissette, whose nine draw controls are tied for the second most in a game in school history, scored three of her goals in the first half, while six other Cardinals found the back of the net before the break.

"Today was huge for her," head coach Kellie Young said of Morissette. "She really improved her game sense and her awareness of the double pressure closing in on her and moving the ball sooner. There was a huge difference in her confidence between last weekend and this weekend. For her to gain that confidence and raise her lacrosse IQ in making decisions that will help our team will go a long ways to help us all season."

In the first half, Louisville showed its strength on the draw by winning possession on 12 of the 13 occasions. Each time, Louisville sprinted into Detroit's territory and often put together a play that resulted in a goal. Cortnee Daley had Louisville's first score less than a minute into the contest, and Morissette and Boltja followed suit with goals within 38 seconds of each other.

The Cardinals continued to show tremendous efficiency on offense in the opening period that led to 25 shots, 19 on the cage. The team also turned the ball over just four times, nine for the game.

Over the span of the next 16 minutes, the Cardinals rattled off seven goals to push the lead to 10-0 and start the running clock. Detroit's Annie Mendoza momentarily stopped the run with a score at 1:53, but the Cardinals reached the 10-digit-goal differential just 43 seconds later on Laura Patterson's first score of the season. Faye Brust tacked on her fifth of the year before the half expired.

The second half was a similar story, with the Cardinals outscoring the Titans 6-0. Daley recorded her second of three goals in the win to begin the period, while Morissette tallied three goals, and Jamie Redding notched her first goal of the season.

In addition to its 12 starters, the Cardinals used 15 reserves throughout the game. Cat Gordon came off the bench and won four draw controls, while freshman Hannah Koloski recorded her first collegiate goal during the first half.

Boltja finished with three scores, marking her 15th game in the last two seasons in which she has registered a hat trick.

Defensively, the Cardinals forced 10 turnovers - a game-high three from Daley - and goalkeepers Ashley Herbst and Ashley Peacocklogged 30 minutes apiece for a combined three saves and one just goal allowed.

"Our nonconference games are all about preparation and helping us with every aspect of our game," Young said. "It helps us identify a core of players and who our reserves are who can come in and make a change in the game and not just come on and fill space. Offensively, these games help us make sure we are building this balance and the whole team trusting that we have a number of players who can score instead of relying on just two or three people."

The Cardinals return to action for their first of two-consecutive games on the road, beginning with Old Dominion on Friday, Feb. 21. First draw is set for 6 p.m. ET at L.R. Hill Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va.

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