March 19, 2014

Louisville Controls Overtime, Takes Down Vandy

from press release

ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team never trailed or led by more than three goals during regulation, but the Cardinals took dominant control in overtime with four unanswered goals for an 18-14 victory over Vanderbilt Wednesday evening in Nashville, Tenn.

With seven minutes remaining in regulation, Louisville (6-3) was clinging to a 14-13 lead on Nikki Boltja's fifth goal of the game. The Cardinals' defense, meanwhile, was working on holding Vanderbilt for a 10-minute scoreless stretch before the game-tying score.

Vanderbilt's Abby Wheeler registered the game-tying goal with 23-seconds remaining in regulation knotted the match at 14 apiece.

Louisville took back the momentum, outscoring Vanderbilt 4-0 in overtime. Faye Brust scored on a free-position attempt at the 2:21 mark, and then Boltja found the back of the net for her sixth goal of the game just 11 seconds later. Cortnee Daley capped the contest with consecutive goals - one at the buzzer of the first overtime and the other in the second overtime session.

Nikki continues to dominate as one of the best attackers in the game," head coach Kellie Young said. "She managed some pretty hard hits today and stayed emotionally checked in to our game plan. She sees our opponents' top defenders day in and day out and still finds a way to finish."

Collectively, the Cardinals outshot the Commodores 4-0 in the extra session and posted a 4-1 advantage on the draw in the final six minutes.

"Our execution in overtime was impeccable," Young said. "We played our best six minutes of the game - one team working together to accomplish the mission."

The two teams opened the game and continued the trend of trading goals throughout the contest. After Kaylin Morissette tallied the first score of the game, her 21st of the season, Vanderbilt (3-5) responded with two scores. The next five goals of the contest alternated between Louisville and Vanderbilt, with Boltja scoring two of the Cardinals' three goals.

In a half that resulted with the highest combined goal total for the Cardinals this season, Boltja and Daley added two more goals, while Brust and Carissa Corbett netted one apiece. Daley's score with 2:57 remaining in the first gave the Cardinals their largest lead at 10-7 before the Commodores rallied with two goals to bring the halftime deficit to two at 10-9. The second half showed just as much consistency. Brust's two scores in the second half, including the first one of the second period, surrounded a pair of Vanderbilt goals. Following Brust's second goal, Vanderbilt took its first lead since early in the opening period.

Louisville's top-20 offense secured two more goals at a pivotal time, as Daley and Boltja logged scores within a minute of each other to retake the lead.

Morissette, who finished with one goal, had a game-high 10 draw controls.

In addition to the solid outing from Boltja, Brust, and Daley, Laura Patterson totaled four ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers.

Louisville returns to action in two weeks with a road game at Georgetown on March 29. First draw against the 13th-ranked Hoyas is set for 2 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

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