May 11, 2014
NEW YORK – BIG EAST women’s lacrosse season officially came to a close on Sunday afternoon as the league’s two NCAA Tournament squads suffered narrowed defeats at a pair of nationally seeded teams. BIG EAST Champion Louisville fell at No. 5 Northwestern, 11-8, two days after bouncing Ohio State in double overtime. Conference runner-up Georgetown was edged at No. 3 North Carolina, 10-8, two days after escaping Johns Hopkins in overtime.
The BIG EAST earned multiple bids into the NCAA Championship field for the third consecutive year and 12th time since first sponsoring lacrosse in the 2001 season. The current lineup of league teams are 28-32 in the NCAAs, with the Hoyas’ 14 victories the most among active members.
No. 5 Northwestern 11, Louisville 8
Cortnee Daley led the Cardinals with four goals, three in the first half that gave Louisville a two-goal advantage, and Faye Brust connected on two of her free-position shots for a pair of scores that boosted her season total to 71, tied for second most in a single season in school history. Daley also led Louisville with two caused turnovers and four ground balls.
Kaylin Morissette was held to a season-low three draw controls. Nikki Boltja, who had two assists, was held without a goal for the first time this season, the last coming on March 17, 2013.
Louisville (16-4), which reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, capped a historical season that included school records in wins (16) and consecutive victories (12). The Cardinals, who claimed the BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles, also notched their first NCAA Tournament win after beating Ohio State 11-10 in double overtime on Friday.
No. 3 North Carolina 10, Georgetown 8
The Hoyas (11-9) took a second-half lead, but couldn't stop the reigning national champs to finish the season 11-9. Caroline Tarzian led the way with three assists, while Reilly Woodman and Hannah Franklin posted two goals apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Maddy Fisher took the loss in the cage with four solid saves on the afternoon.
Georgetown outshot UNC, 22-17, and had 12 draw controls to the Tar Heels' eight, but had 14 turnovers in the game.
The Blue & Gray finished the tournament with an impressive mark of 28-29 clears over two games.
Georgetown completes the season with a record of 11-9 and its second-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. The Hoyas will lose nine seniors, but return a wealth of talent next season.