No. 8 Georgetown Holds on Against No. 20 Louisville for Win

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. Kaylin Morissette tied a season best with five goals, but University of Louisville was unable to keep pace and fell to No. 8 Georgetown 14-11 late Sunday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C.

A freshman, Morissette came through in clutch moments twice during the first period. After the Hoyas opened the game with a 3-0 run, Morissette registered a pair of unassisted goals to halt Georgetown and bring Louisville within one.

Georgetown (7-2, 2-0 Big East) responded with three of the game's next four goals to push its lead to three at 6-3.

Sparked by Monica Negron's second goal of the game at the 14:15 mark, Louisville continued to chip away at the Hoyas' lead. Negron, who finished the game with two goals, two ground balls, and two draw controls, found the back of the net to cut the Hoyas' lead to two. Nikki Boltja was the next to light up the scoreboard, taking a pass from Katie Oliverio and slotting it past Georgetown goalkeeper Barb Black. Colleen O'Malley tied the game at six apiece on Oliverio's third assist with 12:12 remaining in the opening period.

Once again, Georgetown responded with its second of three three-goal runs. Louisville never stopped attacking, though, as the Cardinals ended the half with three unanswered scores. Oliverio posted her only goal of the game at the 8:04 mark, and then Morissette netted her third and fourth goals of the game, including one with three seconds remaining, to tie the game at nine at the half. Louisville showed difficult clearing the ball into the attacking third, going just 6 of 13 on clear attempts. The Cardinals also turned it over 10 times in the first half and finished with 19 for the game.

The Hoyas opened the second half with the momentum after posting a 3-0 run in the first 10 minutes of the period. Two of the scores came on the stick of Caroline Tarzian, who finished with five scores and one assist. Georgetown also received five goals from its reserves.

Scores by Morissette and Boltja at the 15:53 and 12:01 marks, respectively, brought Louisville (7-3, 0-2) within one at 12-11, but the Hoyas added a pair of insurance goals and held Louisville scoreless for the final 12 minutes of the contest for the victory.

The game featured two ties, neither team scored more than three-straight goals, and the margin never surpassed three.

Defensively, Morissette and Patterson finished with a team-best two caused turnovers apiece. Ashley Herbst made seven saves in 60 minutes of action.

Louisville returns to action with a pair of contests at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium, beginning with a match-up against Notre Dame on April 5 at 5:00 p.m. The team then faces Marquette at home on April 7 at noon.

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