Titans Bested by Louisville in Chilly Midweek Affair

DETROIT (3/13/2013) -- Sophomore goalkeeper Lexie McCormick (Peterborough, Ont./St. Peters) posted a career-high 16 saves, but the standout performance was not enough as University of Detroit Mercy was upended by the Louisville Cardinals, 19-2, on a snowy Wednesday afternoon game at Titan Field.

Junior Erin Campbell (Orangeville, Ont./Orangeville) and sophomore Tessa Keuler (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City) tallied goals for Detroit (1-6), while sophomore Amanda Guthrie (Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs) picked up a team-high five ground balls.

McCormick, the reigning Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week, also had two ground balls and her 16 saves were one more than her previous season high of 15, set at Siena (2/22) earlier this season. She made a number of high profile saves in the opening half including thwarting four free-position attempts from the Cardinals.

Louisville (6-1) began the year ranked No. 20 in the first week of the IWLCA poll, and came into the game receiving votes in the national poll and it showed as the Cardinals struck for four goals in the first seven minutes. UDM tried mounting an attack, but Louisville's defense was tough to crack as the Titans trailed 9-0 at the half.

UDM would get on the board in the second half as Campbell found the back of the net, her fifth tally of the year, with 27:53 remaining in regulation. Another goal from Detroit came with 9:31 to play that was started on defense as senior Lindsey Saunders (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) caused a turnover and fellow senior Zaynib Hamze (Dublin, Calif./Dublin) picked up the ground ball. Keuler was then able to finish the play on a free-position attempt for her seventh goal and ninth point of the year.

Detroit nearly won the battle of ground balls with Louisville having a narrow 26-24 advantage and UDM also forced 23 Cardinal turnovers.

Hamze ended the game with four ground balls while senior Britany Busch (Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic) had three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

The next game for Detroit will be at Titan Field on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. as UDM will wrap up a three-game home stand against Campbell.

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Detroit, MI -- University of Louisville showed it had no problem overcoming the inclement weather it was dealt.

With nine different players scoring goals and the defense registering 17 caused turnovers, the Cardinals routed Detroit 19-2 in 28 degree weather and snow at Titan Field in Detroit, Mich.

“Today was not only a traditional win, but a win over the elements,” head coach Kellie Young said. “Our players overcame snow and wind chill conditions. I'm incredibly proud of our draw and re-defending. Any mistakes we made were far outweighed by our incredible effort to possess the ball.”

With the victory, Louisville improved to 6-1 and tied its best record through the first seven games in program history. The Cardinals held the Titans scoreless and dominated the first half of play.

Erika Eipp, who is proving herself as an offensive threat this season, scored her first of two goals in the opening period at the 28:51 mark on an assist from Katie Oliverio. Louisville's next three goals, two scored by Cortnee Daley and one by Nikki Boltja, were registered over a two-and-a-half-minute span.

Jamie Redding continued the scoring seven minutes later, and Louisville recorded four more goals before the break to put the Cardinals ahead, 9-0. It is the second time this season that Louisville has shut out an opponent in opening period, with the last time coming against Presbyterian on Saturday.

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