LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s lacrosse team showed why it deserves a top-20 ranking. Behind multiple single-game records on Sunday, the Cardinals notched their fourth-consecutive victory with a 23-2 decision over Cincinnati at Gettler Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The No. 20/18 Cardinals, who made their first appearance of the season in the coaches’ poll’s top 20 this week, tied the school’s single-season record for most goals in a game. The group also combined for the most points in a game in program history with 35, surpassing the 33 mark that was achieved twice previously.
Louisville’s offense received goals from 13 different players, led by three apiece from Laura Patterson, Cortnee Daley, and Hannah Koloski. Jamie Redding, who had one goal in the contest, totaled a career-best five assists. Redding, whose 19 assists is tied for fourth in a single season in school history, moved into a tie for third on the career charts with 36.
In addition to the strong offensive display, the Louisville (8-3, 2-0 BIG EAST) defense held Cincinnati to the third-fewest goals by an opponent. The win keeps the Cardinals in a three-way tie for first in the BIG EAST standings with Connecticut and Villanova.
Louisville opened the game by jumping out to a 5-0 lead, all scored within the first nine minutes of the contest. Colleen O’Malley tallied the game’s first goal less than 40 seconds into the contest before Daley notched back-to-back goals. Patterson gave Louisville the 4-0 advantage and Boltja capped the run with her 41st score of the season on a free-position goal.
Cincinnati’s leading scorer Courtney Curtis tallied the Bearcats’ first of two goals in the contest to stop the bleeding at the 20-minute mark, but that was just before Louisville rattled eight unanswered scores.
Brust, Carissa Corbett, Patterson, Boltja, Daley, Anna Kopecka, and Amy Poteet all accounted for scores during the run. The two program traded goals – also Cincinnati’s final score of the contest – before the halftime break.
Louisville flexed its muscle on the draw – as it has done all season – during the contest. The Cardinals, who rank fourth nationally in the category, won 16 of their single-game record 26 draw controls in the first half, and Kaylin Morissette again set the school record with 14. Only a sophomore, she ranks second in the nation at 8.20 per game and already has shattered the single-season record by 17 with at least five games remaining.
The second half again belonged entirely to the Cardinals. Cincinnati (6-6, 0-2) failed to register a shot through the last 30 minutes, was unable to win a draw control, and had four turnovers in the final frame.
The Cardinals registered the game’s final 10 goals, including outscoring the Bearcats 9-0 in the second half. Monica Negron, Kelli Gerding, and Cat Gordon all registered goals in the last period.
Louisville finished the contest with a 44-6 advantage in shots and turned the ball over just five times. Equally as impressive was the fact that Louisville went 5 for 5 on clears.
Defensively, Negron finished with a team-best three ground balls and was one of five players with a caused turnover in the contest. Ashley Herbst and Ashley Peacock split time in goal, with Herbst earning the win to move to 8-3 on the year.
Louisville returns to action for its fourth-consecutive game on the road with a match at Temple on Friday, April 11. First draw at Geasey Field in Philadelphia, Pa., is set for 3 p.m. ET.