March 15, 2014

Brust, Daley Lead Louisville Past Drexel

from press release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Faye Brust and Cortnee Daley each scored five goals to lead the University of Louisville lacrosse team to a 16-5 win over Drexel Saturday afternoon at UofL Lacrosse Stadium.

"It was good execution today. For the first fifteen minutes, our midfield struggled a little bit but our defense stepped up and executed the game plan," said UofL head coach Kellie Young. "Then as our attack got into a rhythm, they were finding a lot of different players. It was an amazing day to have a balanced offense with multiple people stepping up to the plate and taking advantage of their opportunities. The shot selection was excellent. I was really happy. It is good preparation as we move forward."

UofL outshot the Dragons 31-9 and notched 17 draw controls to Drexel's six. DU's goalkeeper Teresha Bradley took the loss, making 10 saves and allowing all 16 goals. The Cards' keeper Ashley Herbst made two saves, allowing just five goals for her complete game win, moving her record to 5-3.

"Ashley played aggressively. She is like having an extra defender out there. It is hard to scout," said Young. "It is difficult to have a plan for that because she is so good at it. She had some key saves for us and her defensive play really stopped their momentum and got us back on track."

In the first period, Drexel scored first with Amanda Norcini scoring on a pass from Alissa Watts at 25:06. But it was the only tally for the Dragons in the first period. Daley had a hat trick by the break and Brust had two goals with Kaylin Morissette adding a pair as part of an eight unanswered scoring streak before the horn.

The Cardinals came out in the second half with Brust scoring in the first minute which sparked a three goal flurry before Drexel scored twice in two minutes, both tallies coming from Kelly Palace. Louisville scored four unanswered goals with leading scorer Nikki Boltja finally getting on the board with 11:42 left in the game. DU's Amanda Norcini scored her second and third goals of the game at 10:02 and 2:26, but it was not enough as the Cards finished with six different scorers and the 16-5 win.

Louisville improves to 5-3 for the year and travels to Vanderbilt March 19 for a 4 p.m. matchup in Nashville. The Cardinals resume play in the Big East at Georgetown March 29. Drexel evens its record to 4-4.

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