ATLANTA – A dominating first half of offense and a solid performance on defense led the University of Louisville women’s lacrosse team to a 21-2 victory over Marquette Sunday afternoon at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium in Louisville.
Louisville (8-4) scored within the first 40 seconds of the contest, foreshadowing the eventual tempo of the game. Cortnee Daley rattled off consecutive goals to begin the game and sparked a 10-0 run by the Cardinals. In total, seven different players scored during that stretch.
Jamie Redding scored her first of two goals in the game on a pass from Katie Oliverio, who had two scores in that run. Nikki Boltja earned goals 40 and 41, and Carissa Corbett, Colleen O’Malley, and Kaylin Morissette each found the back of the net as well.
Marquette scored its first and only goal of the half at the 9:44 mark on Jacqueline DuBois’ free-position attempt, momentarily stopping the Cardinals’ offense.
Louisville’s Faye Brust responded 17 seconds later on Oliverio’s third assist of the game, and the Cardinals closed the half with four unanswered goals. Oliverio finished with four scores and four assists, tying a career-best eight points that she has achieved now four times in her career.
The Cardinals outshot the Golden Eagles (2-10) 23-2 for the half and held possession for a majority of the opening period, posting a 10-5 advantage in draw controls and winning the ground ball battle 13-7.
The second half was a mirror of the first, as the Cardinals’ back line held the Golden Eagles to just one score on two shots.
“Our defensive transition was solid from top to bottom,” head coach Kellie Young said. “We had good checks this afternoon and had a lot of interceptions and ground balls.”
Seven different players scored in the final period, including Boltja, who tallied her 42nd goal of the season, and Kayla Sleece, who netted her second goal of the year. Morissette, who also scored in the second, finished with her eighth hat trick of the season, while also winning five draw controls.
Ashley Herbst and Danielle Pawliw split time in goal, each allowing one score, and Herbst was credited with her eighth win of the season.
Louisville finished the game with a 16-10 advantage in ground balls and was on the positive end of an 18-6 battle for draw controls.
Monica Negron totaled a game-high three caused turnovers and was one of three Louisville players to finish with at least two in the game. Notably, Negron finished with nine draw controls, which is tied for the second most in a game in school history. As a team, Louisville was credited with 15 caused turnovers and forced Marquette into 22 errors.
The Cardinals return to action next weekend with a pair of road contests, playing at Syracuse on Friday, April 12, and then heading to Connecticut for a Sunday, April 14 matchup.