Pioneers Cage No. 20 Cardinals

Denver University of Denver redshirt-senior Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) tallied five goals and two assists, leading the Pioneers to a 19-13 victory over No. 20 Louisville on Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Junior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) tallied four goals and two assists for the Pioneers (3-1). Junior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) added five goals on seven shots, and sophomore Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) scored a goal to go along with four assists. Senior Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) registered seven caused turnovers, six ground balls and two draw controls.

"It was a very exciting game having a ranked opponent come in for our home opener," head coach Liza Kelly said. "After last week's game at Delaware we felt that we were one dimensional offensively with our attack. We stressed all week at practice to trust everyone and get after them right away, and that's what we did."

The Pioneers jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Cardinals (3-1) finally got on the board with 16:52 remaining in the first half. Harris and Etzel each scored two goals apiece in the first half. DU took an 8-5 lead into the locker room.

Louisville brought the game to within three at 11-8 in the second half, but Denver responded with four-straight goals over the next four minutes to put the game out of reach.

Denver returns to action the on Monday at 1:00 p.m., when High Point visits Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. University of Louisville dropped its first match of the year on Saturday, falling at Denver, 19-13, in Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Unlike two of their first three victories of the year, where the Cardinals' (3-1) stifled their opponents to just three goals each, Louisville's defense struggled to stop Denver's trio of Kara Secora, Meredith Harris and Jenn Etzel, who finished with a combined 14 scores.

Despite four-goal performances from Katie Oliverio and Nikki Boltja, and Erika Eipp tallied two goals, the team's offense couldn't string together large enough runs to mount a comeback.

The Cardinals, who were making their first road trip of the year, had trouble overcoming a sluggish first period in which they turned the ball over 13 times they finished with a season-worst 19 turnovers and managed to score on just five of their 10 shots.

In the early stages of the second half, Denver (3-1) pushed its lead to six after four-straight goals, one that ended the first half and three straight to open the period. Kara Secora, who finished with a game-high five scores, tallied back-to-back goals to begin the second.

Louisville responded with three-straight scores that cut the deficit to 11-8, but that was the strongest run the Cardinals compiled. After Boltja's goal at the 23:10 mark, Cortnee Daley scored her seventh goal of the season and Boltja capped the rally with her third goal of the contest.

Denver, though, put together its own run with four-straight goals, and after enlarging its lead to seven, the two teams traded scores for the remainder of the contest. During that stretch, Laura Patterson recorded her first collegiate goal at the 9:34 mark following Oliverio's second assist of the game.

Offensively, the Pioneers held a 14-6 advantage on draw controls in the second period and, defensively, Denver finished ahead 7-4 on ground balls and limited Louisville to just 3 for 8 on free-position attempts.

Denver opened the game on a 3-0 run, including two goals from Etzel.

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