LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s lacrosse team recorded its second upset of a top-20 opponent this season, beating No. 14 Georgetown 14-13 on the road Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Faye Brust scored two of her game-high five goals late in the second half, providing Louisville (7-3) with a three-goal cushion and what proved to be an insurmountable lead. The victory, which pushes Louisville to 1-0 in BIG EAST play and is the Cardinals’ first in eight tries against Georgetown, proceeds Louisville’s upset decision over No. 18 Denver on March 1.
Brust, who has become one of the Cardinals’ main offensive threats this season, has 34 goals, just six shy of what she combined for in her freshman and sophomore campaigns.
“Today was a defining moment for our team with a win over a respected and disciplined program,” head coach Kellie Young said, with her team improving to 2-2 against top-25 schools this season. “I'm so proud of how we battled for 60 minutes and remained confident in our plan, executing each aspect fluidly.”
In addition to Brust’s play, Nikki Boltja added three goals and two assists for a team-high 52 points. Boltja is ahead of last year’s goal-scoring pace in which she finished with 63, third most in a season in school history. The senior now has 40 scores, seven better than last year’s mark through 10 games.
Kaylin Morissette totaled three goals and one assist along with two ground balls. She tied the single-game school record she set earlier this year with 11 draw controls and broke the school’s single-season record. The sophomore now has 82 on the year with six more regular-season games, surpassing Emily Dashiell’s total of 79 set in 2011.
“Kay's dominance on the draw is unparalleled,” Young added. “Her confidence shot through the roof today and showed in each aspect of her game.”
For the second-consecutive game, Louisville played a tit-for-tat contest, trading goals with its opponent and never putting the game out of reach. But, the Cardinals showed poise throughout the contest. Georgetown took the lead just once and that lasted less than 20 seconds.
Brust opened the game with her 30th goal of the season just two minutes into the contest.
Georgetown (3-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) responded with a pair of goals to take its first and only lead of the game. Corinne Etchison tallied an unassisted score and Caroline Tarzian tacked on her first of five goals moments later.
Louisville, though, used a 3-0 run to regain the lead. Boltja scored the first goal during the unanswered run and then earned an assist on Brust’s goal to cap the run and give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.
After another pair of Hoyas goals, the final 15 minutes of the half mirrored the first. Louisville outscored Georgetown 3-2 to take a 7-6 advantage into halftime, with Morissette, Cortnee Daley, and Laura Patterson each netting goals before the break.
Louisville pushed its lead to three in the second half after Boltja and Brust each tacked on a score.
For the fifth time in the game, though, Georgetown tied the contest. Kelyn Freedman scored consecutive goals and Tarzian found the back of the net less than a minute later to tie the game at nine.
Boltja and Morissette sandwiched a Georgetown goal before the Hoyas retied the game at 11. That was when Louisville compiled its second 3-0 run that was sparked by Carissa Corbett’s fourth goal of the year.
A pair of scores inside five minutes brought Georgetown with one at 14-13, but Louisville’s defense held the Hoyas scoreless for the final 2:38 for the victory.
Louisville outplayed Georgetown on the draw, winning that category 19-10. The Cardinals also went 5-for-6 on free-position shots, while the Hoyas struggled and went 2-for-8.
It’s the most goals Georgetown has allowed this year since giving up 18 to North Carolina – ranked No. 1 in the country at the time – and 14 to Towson – ranked No. 20 that game.
The Cardinals return to action on April 6 at Cincinnati. First draw at Gettler Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, is set for 2 p.m. ET.