Louisville Women's Lacrosse Cruises Past Alumni

LOUISVILLE, Ky. University of Louisville played host to its first alumni game in program history, with the current Cardinals taking a commanding 19-8 victory on Saturday afternoon at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium.

Former standouts, such as All-American Bergan Foley (ranks No. 4 in the NCAA in all-time goals), goalkeeper Jen Heup (named MVP of the IWLCA/Under Armour North-South Senior All-Star game), two-time all-region selection Emily Dashiell and second team all-Big East selection Liz Lovejoy participated in the event.

"Having all the alums back I got choked up this morning about our first alumni game," head coach Kellie Young said. "It was fun to see the groups competing against each other. There was a lot of trash talking on the field, but it was really heart-warming to see how far along our program has come. We're excited about the future."

The current Cardinals, which featured an abundance of youth in nine freshmen and eight sophomores, opened the game with a strong offensive display. Sophomore Nikki Boltja put the Cardinals on the board first, registering one of her three goals in the win. Freshman Cat Gordon followed Boltja's lead by tacking on two more scores in the period. However, freshman Faye Brust stole the show, as she netted four goals to close out the half and put the current squad ahead, 10-5.

In the second half, Gordon continued to make a push toward the cage, adding another pair of goals to give her four for the game. Despite an attempt by the alumni to make a comeback, with Foley, Lianne Bobal and Jamie Ward notching goals, the current squad led by Young clamped down on defense and registered a total of nine goals in the final half, including scores from Casey Pepperman, Amy Poteet and Colleen O'Malley.

"Believe it or not, our team actually did a better job on the offense against some really great Louisville alums," Young added. "Cat Gordon has been pretty quiet she was awesome on the draw, but she has been quiet on the offensive end. She did a great job today. Faye Brust was just coming back into playing and did a nice job today. We came into this wanting to learn something as much as have fun, and we did that today, so it was a good step for us."

Louisville returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 23, for its annual annual 'Battle of the Sexes' youth lacrosse clinic in conjunction with Bellarmine's men's squad from 5-8:00 p.m. on the Cardinals' home field. The event also will be utilized to assist in raising money for 'Friends of Jaclyn,' which raises awareness about pediatric brain tumors, supporting the growth of FOJ and ultimately improving the quality of life of children with pediatric brain tumors, and the Jack McGetrick Fund, Bellarmine's former head coach, who lost his battle with cancer last year in October. A donations box will be set up at the entrance gate for fans wishing to help.


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