May 1, 2014
Louisville 17, Rutgers 6
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Top-seeded Louisville will play in the BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Championship Final for the first time in program history after dispatching No. 4 seed Rutgers, 17-6, in the Semifinals, earning a date with either host Georgetown or first-time qualifier Connecticut. Louisville’s Kaylin Morissette matched the single-game tournament record with seven goals, while also setting the standard for draw controls and single-half goals.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead through a quiet first five minutes before Rutgers’ Kim Kolodny cracked the scoring column to make it a one-goal game with 22:32 left in the first. Morissette, the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, took over at that point, reeling off three straight goals for the natural hat trick all in the span of 1:17. BIG EAST Attack of the Year Nikki Boltja capped the UofL scoring run to make ti 6-1 with just under 20 minutes to play in the first, before RU’s Megan Clements interjected with a Scarlet Knight goal.
Boltja responded to Clements’ score with one of her own before Morissette sparked the offense again with back-to-back scores to make it 9-2 with 8:52 left in the half. The sophomore notched one more goal before the break to set the BIG EAST Championship single-half record of six goals as the Cardinals led 14-2 at the break.
Rutgers got no closer than 10 the rest of the way as Morissette kept the ball in Louisville’s hands thanks to a BIG EAST Championship single-game record 12 draw controls. The Tewaaraton Award nominee entered the weekend ranked second in the nation in draw controls.
The Scarlet Knights, whose season ends with a 9-9 mark, were led by Kolodny, who scored a pair of goals on two shots, and Clements who tallied three points on a goal and two assists. Amanda Currell and Candice Dandridge split time in the net, with Dandridge making four stops over 37 minutes and Currell denying two in 23 minutes.
Ashley Peacock played the majority of the contest in the cage for the Cardinals, making three saves and allowing five goals, improving to 4-0 on the season, while UofL moved to 14-3 overall.
Morissette’s seven goals came on seven shots, while Boltja tallied eight points, two shy of the tournament’s single-game record, on five goals and three assists. All-BIG EAST First Team selection Faye Brust added a pair of goals as well for the Cardinals. Boltja became the school's single-season points leader and now ranks No. 2 on the school's single-season list for goals with 66.
Louisville will play in its first BIG EAST Championship Final and will look to become the fifth different team to earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. The Cardinals will play the winner of the day’s second semifinal between No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 3 seed Connecticut. UofL improved to 1-1 in all BIG EAST Championship games, while Rutgers fell to 0-3.