Louisville Women's Lacrosse Powers Past Manhattan

RIVERDALE, N.Y.- Manhattan fell to Louisville 20-2 Saturday afternoon at Gaelic Park.

A rematch of last season's opener, the Cardinals (6-0) came out firing and never trailed the Lady Jaspers (2-4) in the contest. A truly impressive performance, Louisville held advantages over Manhattan in shots (33-14), ground balls (25-14), draw controls (19-5) and free-position shots (3-5/1-8).

For Manhattan, senior midfielder Phelicia VanOverbeke (Grosse Point, Mich./Grosse Point North) and junior attacker Chrissy Gutenberger (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) each netted goals.

Getting on the board quickly with tallies from three different players, Louisville took a 3- 0 at the 27:51 mark of the first period on the first of three goals by Lianne Bobal. The Lady Jaspers would respond, cutting the deficit to 3-1 when VanOverbeke found the back of the net with 26:41 remaining.

Showing off their offensive prowess, the Cardinals retaliated with six unanswered tallies in a six-minute span to build a 9-1 lead with 19:49 left in the half. Gutenberger picked up her eight goal of the year for Manhattan on a free-position opportunity to make it 9-2 at the 9:31 mark but Louisville added two more scores to take an 11-2 advantage into the break.

In the second period, the Cardinals would add nine more goals, three from Emily Dashiell, and two each from Liz Lovejoy and Bergan Foley to cruise to the 20-2 victory. Lovejoy led all offensive players with five goals on the afternoon.

Between the pipes, Louisville's Ashley Herbst made three saves in the victory, with Manhattan sophomore goalkeeper Julia DiBernardo (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) recording seven saves in the defeat.

The Lady Jaspers look to get back on track Wednesday, when they host Long Island University in a 4:00 p.m. contest at Gaelic Park.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. Head coach Kellie Young's team continued to roll on Saturday afternoon, mixing a powerful scoring attack and a stifling defense against the Jaspers at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, N.Y.

Behind a combined 20 scores from eight different players 11 of which were unanswered and a defense that allowed no goals in the second half, University of Louisville powered past Manhattan, 20-2, to improve to 6-0 this season, its best mark in program history.

While the Cardinal offense continues to be one of the focal points, the defense set a record by allowing just two goals in 60 minutes of play. Manhattan (2-4) had 11 turnovers and continued to be pestered by the Louisville backline, which held the Jaspers to just 14 shots, only five in the second half.

Liz Lovejoy, who scored just eight goals through six games last season, has remained on a tear. The senior tacked on five goals today to give her 21 for the season. She also registered an assist and a draw control in the win. Classmate Emily Dashiell also had another strong performance, netting four goals on six shots, winning five draw controls, six ground balls and forcing a team-best two caused turnovers. Dashiell entered the game as the nation's leader in draw controls at 7.25 per game and now has a total of 41 for the season.

Sammy Allen quickly put the Cardinals in the lead, 1-0, 31 seconds into the game on a pass from Katie Oliverio. Less than a minute later, Meghan Ryan netted her first goal of the season, and Lianne Bobal registered her 10th goal of the year to give Louisville a 3-0 lead.

The Jaspers' leading scorer, Phelicia VanOverbeke scored her lone goal of the contest to temporarily stop the run.

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2011-03-19



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