Louisville Scores 14 Unanswered to Run by Tribe

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Feb. 23, 2014) – The William and Mary lacrosse team fell to Louisville, 18-5, at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Sunday afternoon.

The contest was even at 4-4 late in the first half, but UL (3-0) pulled away by scoring 14 unanswered goals.

Bridget Brown, Taelor Salmon, Ellen Shaffrey, Zoe Boger and Shannon Quinn all provided goals for W&M (0-2), while Shaffrey also added four ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Senior Hannah Clarke led the squad defensively and totaled four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while senior Maggie Bermingham registered three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Although the Tribe held a 17-15 edge in ground balls, Louisville owned a 17-8 advantage in draw controls.

While the Cardinals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the opening few minutes of action, W&M charged back by scoring four of the next five goals to even the contest at 4-4. Boger provided the first goal off an assist from Brown at the 21:47 mark, while Boger returned the favor for Brown about a minute later. A goal by UL's Kaylin Morissette midway through the half was answered by scores from Salmon (10:29) and Shaffrey (8:58) to knot the count.

However, Louisville claimed control of the contest by closing the first half with a 6-0 run to lead 10-4 at the intermission.

The Cardinals began the second half much as they ended the first, as they rattled off eight unanswered goals during the opening 14:10.

Quinn's goal with 7:00 remaining was the only other score by either team.

Nikki Boltja led UL with seven goals, while Morissette recorded five points (4g, 1a) and a game-high 11 draw controls.

The Tribe will return to action when it hosts Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nikki Boltja had a season-best seven goals to lead University of Louisville past Old Dominion 18-5 on Sunday at Martin Family Stadium in Williamsburg, Va.

The most impressive highlight during the game was the 21-minute stretch in which Louisville scored 14-unanswered goals. It marks the fourth-best unanswered stretch in school history, and the most since Louisville had 16 straight against Presbyterian in 2012.

“This was one of the best overall efforts of my college coaching days,” head coach Kellie Young said. “End to end, every player gave their best effort and showed incredible attention to detail.”

Kaylin Morissette added four goals and a school-record 11 draw controls, and Jamie Redding was credited with three assists for the Cardinals' third-consecutive victory of the season. Defensively, Louisville (3-1) held William & Mary to just one goal in the second half on five shots and only one draw control.

The Cardinals' offense set the pace early, as Boltja recorded the game's first goal on a pass from Morissette just nine seconds into the contest. Boltja netted her second score two minutes later on a free-position shot, and Morissette gave Louisville an early 3-0 lead on an unassisted score.

William & Mary responded with four of the game's next five goals, including the game-tying score with 8:58 remaining in the first half.

The Tribe couldn't get any closer, with Louisville compiling one of the program's best runs that started with Faye Brust's 10th goal of the season at the six-minute mark in the first half. The junior's goal came on a free-position attempt, an opportunity of which the Cardinals took full advantage. The team finished the game 7 for 8 on free-position shots.

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