March 1, 2014

Brust Leads No. 20 Louisville Past No. 18 Denver

from press release

Kaylin Morissette had three goals as Louisville knocked off Denver 12-8.

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LOUISVILLE - Junior attacker Faye Brust had four goals to lead the University of Louisville lacrosse team to a 12-7 upset of No. 18-ranked Denver Saturday afternoon at UofL Lacrosse Stadium.

"This was the one of the top three wins in program history in terms of beating a ranked opponent," said UofL head coach Kellie Young. "It wasn't necessarily pretty but we played well enough to win. That is part of our maturity and our growth is to execute when we need to and following the game plan. We made some great switches in the game and hung on for the win. "

Louisville, 4-1, outshot the Pioneers 25-15 and played tight defense, limiting its opponent to just five total shots on goal. The Cardinals edged Denver 11-8 on draw controls, although UofL committed 13 turnovers to Denver's nine. The Pioneers drop to 2-1 on the season and goalie Hannah Hook was charged with her first loss of the year, moving her record to 2-1. Cardinal Ashley Herbst made five saves for the win and now posts a 4-1 mark.

"Our defense played awesomely," said Young. "Our defense in the second half was great on ball. We had great doubling, great sliding and great covering of the cutters. They had a hard time finding open people."

After Denver scored just a minute into the game, Cardinal sophomore Kaylin Morissette scored two unassisted goals and Brust got the her first tally of the day to take UofL up 3-1 at 17:16 in the first.

Denver attacker Meredith Harris scored on a feed from Jill Remenapp to close the gap but UofL's Nikki Boltja scored four minutes later with the assist going to Laura Patterson. Brust scored her second goal two minutes later, this time from Boltja to take the Cards up 5-2. After Jenn Etzel scored for Denver at 2:21, Cortnee Daley snuck one by Hooker with 54 seconds to give the Cards a 6-3 lead at the half. Denver came out after the break and scored when Harris connected on a pass from Jenn Etzel at 28:10 for her second goal. Brust answered five minutes later before Denver scored two goals in thirty seconds to bring the Pioneers to within one at 7-6 with 20 minutes in the second half.

The Cardinals countered with four unanswered goals with Carissa Corbet, Boltja, Morissette and Jamie Redding boarding one apiece to spread the lead to 11-6. The Pioneers managed just one more goal on an unassisted tally by Monica Lucas with 8:08 remaining. UofL buckled down on defense and shut out Denver down the stretch with Brust adding her fourth with :54 remaining.

The Cardinals travel to Columbus, Ohio for their next game, facing Ohio State March 4 at 3 p.m. The next home game will be March 15 when the Cards face Drexel at 1 p.m. at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium.

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