February 23, 2014

Boltja Leads Louisville Romp of William & Mary

from Press Release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary lacrosse team fell to Louisville, 18-5, at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Sunday afternoon.

The contest was even at 4-4 late in the first half, but UL (3-0) pulled away by scoring 14 unanswered goals.

Bridget Brown, Taelor Salmon, Ellen Shaffrey, Zoe Boger and Shannon Quinn all provided goals for W&M (0-2), while Shaffrey also added four ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Senior Hannah Clarkeled the squad defensively and totaled four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while senior Maggie Bermingham registered three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Although the Tribe held a 17-15 edge in ground balls, Louisville owned a 17-8 advantage in draw controls.

While the Cardinals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the opening few minutes of action, W&M charged back by scoring four of the next five goals to even the contest at 4-4. Boger provided the first goal off an assist from Brown at the 21:47 mark, while Boger returned the favor for Brown about a minute later. A goal by UL's Kaylin Morissette midway through the half was answered by scores from Salmon (10:29) and Shaffrey (8:58) to knot the count.

However, Louisville claimed control of the contest by closing the first half with a 6-0 run to lead 10-4 at the intermission.

The Cardinals began the second half much as they ended the first, as they rattled off eight unanswered goals during the opening 14:10.

Quinn's goal with 7:00 remaining was the only other score by either team.

Nikki Boltja led UL with seven goals, while Morissette recorded five points (4g, 1a) and a game-high 11 draw controls.

The Tribe will return to action when it hosts Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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