LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s lacrosse team was unable to stop Syracuse’s offense, falling to the fifth-ranked Orange 19-7 on Friday evening in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
The Cardinals did a majority of their scoring over a 12-minute stretch in the second period, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the nine-goal deficit from the first half.
Nikki Boltja, who was named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list this week, scored back-to-back goals in the second and accounted for half of the team’s scores in the period. Louisville earned its third-straight goal from Monica Negron, who scored on Katie Oliverio’s lone assist of the game. Kaylin Morissette tacked on the Cardinals’ final goal with 6:09 left in regulation.
The Cardinals compiled a stronger performance in the closing period, beating the Orange in ground balls (7-5) and cutting Syracuse’s shot total nearly in half from the first period. The Cardinals also cut down on turnovers in the second, turning the ball over just five times.
After five scoreless minutes to open the game, the Orange got on the board first at the 25:13 mark with a goal from Michelle Tumolo, who finished with three scores and a game-best four assists. Syracuse (8-3, 4-0 BIG EAST) scored its next four goals, two from Kayla Treanor, in a four-minute span, before Laura Patterson put Louisville on the board with her third goal of the year.
Syracuse’s Katie Webster pushed the lead to five at 6-1, but Louisville (8-5, 0-4) responded with consecutive goals courtesy of Boltja and Carissa Corbett.
The Orange then went on their longest scoring run of the game, netting 10 unanswered goals that extended nine minutes into the second period. Alyssa Murray scored three of her game-high five goals during that run, while also earning one of her two assists.
Negron tied for a game high with six ground balls, while also registering a caused turnover. Ashley Herbst was credited with the loss after allowing 18 goals in 49 minutes of action.
Syracuse’s Kelsey Richardson and Alyssa Costantino combined to make 10 saves in the game, with Richardson earning the win.
Louisville returns to action on Sunday, April 14, with a match at Connecticut. First draw against the Huskies is set for 5 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn.