No. 19 Rutgers Knocked off by Louisville in Big East Play

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 30, 2010) – The No. 19 Rutgers women's lacrosse team (10-5, 3-4 BIG EAST) suffered a tough 14-9 loss to fellow BIG EAST member Louisville (10-6, 3-4 BIG EAST) on Friday, April 30 at Yurcak Field. Senior attacker Brooke Cantwell (Moorestown, N.J.) led the Scarlet Knights in scoring for the sixth time this season, scoring three goals for her ninth hat trick of the year.

The two teams played to a 5-5 tie in the first half; however, the Cardinals were able to pull away in the second half, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 9-4 after the halftime break.

Cantwell got RU going with the game's opening goal on an assist from junior attacker Kristen Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.). The Scarlet Knights also received first half goals from junior midfielder Marlena Welsh (Jarrettsville, Md.), senior midfielder Mary Cryan (Newtown Square, Pa.) and sophomore attacker Lindsey Watts (Hillsborough, N.J.), while Cantwell capped off the first period with her second score.

The Louisville offense came alive in the second half led by attacker Liz Lovejoy who scored the Cardinals' first three goals after halftime. UofL extended its lead to four goals, pulling ahead 10-6. The Scarlet Knights continued to attack, cutting the deficit to two goals (10-8) with back-to-back tallies from Watts and freshman midfielder Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.).

Despite Rutgers moving within two goals, it was not enough as Louisville put together another run, scoring four of the final five goals en route to the 14-9 win.

Rutgers will return to action on Sunday, May 2, when it hosts Cincinnati in the regular season finale at 12:00 p.m. Prior to the game – Cantwell, Cryan, Meghan Flanagan (Medford, N.J.), Emily Penn (Medford, N.J.), Karie McGuire (Monrovia, Md.), Faith Richards (Montclair, N.J.) – will be honored in a Senior Day Ceremony.

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The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team started off their final road trip of the season playing spoiler to host No. 19 Rutgers, taking a 14-9 decision from the Scarlet Knights, thus eliminating Rutgers from contention for the BIG EAST Tournament.

“Today was our best game in three years,” said University of Louisville women's lacrosse head coach Kellie Young. “We were discipline, focused and poised. The lessons learned in our close losses to other top 20 teams were used today.”

The Cardinals (10-6,3-4) got off to a slow start, allowing the Scarlet Knights (10-5,3-4) to score just 38 seconds into the game. Junior Emily Dashiell responded right back 47 seconds later to put U of L on the board. Fellow classmate Bergan Foley followed that up just seven seconds later with her first goal of the afternoon and team-leading 69th goal of the season. After a Scarlet Knights goal, sophomore Katie Oliverio found Dashiell to put U of L back ahead by a goal.

Rutgers managed to tie the game at three on a goal by Mary Cryan, but U of L charged right back led by the duo of Foley and Oliverio. Oliverio netted her first goal of the afternoon before finding Foley to put Louisville up by two goals. The Scarlet Knights came back with two goals to take a 5-5 tie into halftime.

Junior Liz Lovejoy came out of the break on fire, netting a hat trick in the first 4:05 of the second half, to put the Cards up for good. Lovejoy's goals included back to back goals seven seconds apart, the second time U of L scored goals within seven seconds of each other on the afternoon. Dashiell and Oliverio added their third and second goals of the afternoon respectively to expand the lead to four before Rutgers hit on back to back goals to cut the Cardinal lead to two.

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