May 3, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Playing its final game as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Louisville defeated Georgetown, 9-8, in the BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Championship title game on Saturday afternoon on the Hoyas’ home turf at Multi-Sport Field. Tournament Most Outstanding Player Faye Brust scored a game-high six goals, all in the first half, as the Cardinals held on to win their first and only league title in conference history.
Georgetown scored four goals per period, outscoring the Cardinals by one goal over the final 30 minutes, but Brust’s single-handed scoring spree was enough to push UofL to victory in its final BIG EAST tilt before heading to the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2015 season. Brust’s six first-half goals matched the BIG EAST Championship single-half scoring record set two days prior by teammate Kaylin Morissette, who joined Brust on the All-Tournament Team.
Fellow Cardinals Nikki Boltja, who finished the two-game showing with six goals and four assists, Ashley Peacock (11 saves, 13 goals allowed) and Monica Negron all landed spots on the All-Tournament Team. GU’s Hannah Franklin(three ground balls, two goals), Caroline Tarzian (five goals, two assists), Kelyn Freedman (three goals, three draw controls, three caused turnovers) and Maddy Fisher (15 saves, 17 goals allowed) also earned spots on the All-Tournament Team. Connecticut’s Kacey Pippitt and Shannon Nee, and Rutgers’ Megan Clements were also recognized.
Georgetown struck first at the 27:37 mark when Franklin scored her 22nd of the season, unassisted, before Brust reeled off four-straight goals, three of which went unassisted, before the Hoyas clawed back into the game to knot it at 4-4 with just over five minutes to play in the first half.
Brust scored her final two goals of the game with 2:16 and 34 seconds left, respectively, in the first as Louisville took a 6-4 lead into the break.
GU’s Kristen Bandos cut the deficit to one, 6-5, 2:15 into the second period before Morissette made it a two-goal game once again at 24:21. The Cardinals scored two of the next three goals to lead 9-6 with just under 10 minutes remaining.
After Georgetown’s Reilly Woodman scored with 8:23 remaining, neither team found the back of the net for over six minutes as Franklin tallied what would be the final goal of the game with 59 seconds left, making it a 9-8 final.
After dominating UConn 20-5 in draw controls in the Semifinals, Louisville claimed 11-of-19 against Georgetown, including four by Morissette who had set the single-game standard (12) against the Huskies.
Louisville became the fifth different team in tournament history to claim the crown and fourth to do it in their first trip to the title game. The Cardinals entered the 2014 BIG EAST Championship having qualified just one other season, back in 2009 when they were ousted in the Semifinals by Georgetown.
BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
Kacey Pippitt, Connecticut
Shannon Nee, Connecticut
Megan Clements, Rutgers
Hannah Franklin, Georgetown
Caroline Tarzian, Georgetown
Kelyn Freedman, Georgetown
Maddy Fisher, Georgetown
Ashley Peacock, Louisville
Nikki Boltja, Louisville
Monica Negron, Louisville
Kaylin Morissette, Louisville
Faye Brust, Louisville
Most Outstanding Player
Faye Brust, Louisville