Dragons Drops One-Goal Decision to Cardinals

Philadelphia, Pa. -- The Dragons dropped a close decision 9-8 to Louisville in a tightly contested women's lacrosse game on Sunday.

Senior Kelli Joran and sophomore Alissa Watts led the attack with two goals each. Senior Kristin Kopenhaver had a team-high four draw control wins and caused two turnovers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Teresha Bradley tied her career-best with seven saves against the Cardinals. The Dragons dropped to 6-2 overall and 3-1 at home.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. After winning its last two games by a combined 39 goals, University of Louisville managed to come out victorious and hang on in a close decision at Drexel.

Louisville persevered even with its leading scorer Nikki Boltja being held scoreless for a 9-8 win on a chilly afternoon at Vidas Field to improve to 7-1 on the season. The freshman duo of Kaylin Morissette and Erika Eipp combined for seven of Louisville's goals.

A low-scoring affair, the second period saw just six combined goals.

Trailing 6-5 entering the half, Morissette scored the first goal of the period to tie the game, and Eipp found the back of the net less than a minute later to give the Cardinals the 7-6 lead.

Drexel (6-2), as it did all afternoon, had an answer. Kelli Joran scored her second goal of the game at the 22:18 mark on a free-position shot to tie the game at seven apiece.

Eipp, however, struck again on Boltja's seventh assist of the season to give the Cardinals an 8-7 lead, and they never looked back. Colleen O'Malley added what seemed to be an insurance goal at the 10:39 mark, and although Drexel was able to put another tally on the scoreboard with 7:10 remaining, it wasn't enough.

Louisville iced the game with solid ball control. The Cardinals kept the ball out of the Dragons' possession after a Jessica Rudloff turnover with 2:44 remaining. Louisville only had three turnovers in the second half.

Morissette rattled off a hat trick in the first 7:56 of the game, allowing the Cardinals to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Midway through the first half, the Dragons' Amanda Norcini knotted the score at three. Monica Negron responded with her second goal of the season off of a feed from Katie Oliverio to put Louisville back on top. Eipp pushed the Cardinals' advantage to two with 9:46 remaining.

Drexel responded with a 3-0 run and took the lead at 6-5 on Kelly Palace's goal with 5:19 remaining in the first half.

Morissette netted her fourth goal of the contest to tie the score at six at the 24:00 mark of the second half. Eipp put the Cardinals back ahead just 34 seconds later.

Louisville also took care of the ball all afternoon in transition finishing an unblemished 15 of 15 on clear attempts.

The Cardinals limited the Dragons' offensive opportunities all afternoon and held a 23-12 advantage on shots. Drexel only had five shots in the second half.

Louisville remains on the road when it squares off against 11th-ranked Loyola (Md.) on Friday, March 22, at 6:00 p.m.


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