March 16, 2013
NEW YORK -
The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team continues its month-long road trip, as it treks to Drexel for a match on Sunday, March 17, at 1 p.m. at Vidas Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
Louisville won its third-straight match on Wednesday, defeating Detroit 19-2 to improve to 6-1 on the season and tie for the best record through the first seven games in program history. The Cardinals scored the first nine goals of the game, shutting out Detroit in the first half, and limited the Titans to just nine shots for the game. The defense also forced 28 turnovers in the victory.
Individually, Nikki Boltja led nine Louisville scorers with a game-high five goals. Erika Eipp, Kaylin Morissette, Katie Oliverio, Cortnee Daley, Colleen O'Malley, and Carissa Corbett each tallied two scores in the win, and Eipp and Oliverio combined for six assists. Morissette and Monica Negron each had seven draw controls. Defensively, Negron and Hillary Bushway each totaled three caused turnovers, and Ashley Herbst played all 60 minutes in goal, making five saves for her sixth victory of the year.
Nationally, Louisville is No. 5 in scoring offense and scoring margin, seventh in draw controls per game, No. 13 in points, and 14th in scoring defense. Conversely, Detroit ranks in the top-25 nationally in ground balls per game. Drexel owns a top-15 national ranking in scoring defense, checking in at No. 14.
Drexel (6-1) opened the season with five-straight victories and, after dropping its only match of the year to Maryland-Baltimore County, the Dragons rebounded with a 12-7 victory over Colgate on Wednesday. Drexel won the draw control and ground ball categories, while forcing Colgate into 12 turnovers.
Kelli Joran led Drexel with a game-high four goals on four shots, and three other players had multi-goal performances in the victory. Amanda Norcini had a team-high two caused turnovers, won three draw controls and collected three ground balls. Joran and Kristin Kopenhaver also secured three draw controls apiece. Drexel goalkeeper Teresha Bradley made seven saves in 60 minutes for the victory. Colgate was led by Amanda O'Sullivan's three goals.
The Dragons are under the direction of 11th-year coach Anna Marie Vesco, who's guided the program to a 108-68 record. The squad was picked to finish third in the Colonial Athletic Association, and Joran, Norcini, and Alyse Maiden were selected to the preseason all-conference team. Joran leads the team with 19 goals, and Bradley boasts a 7.38 goals-against average in seven games.
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