Morissette Leads No. 19 Louisville to Victory at Temple

PHILADELPHIA - After hanging tough in a well-played first half, Temple faltered in the second against #19 Louisville and ultimately dropped a 15-6 decision to the visiting Cardinals (9-3, 3-0). Sophomore Nicole Tiernan scored four of the Owls' six goals, recording her second hat trick in three games.

Temple (4-8, 1-2) matched Louisville goal for goal over the first 15 minutes of the game, and the teams were tied at 2-2 until the final six minutes of the first half. The Cardinals closed the half on a 2-0 run for a 4-2 lead at the break, and they kept the momentum going throughout the second half.

Louisville's Kaylin Morissette not only scored twice to open the second half, but also came on fire off the draw control. She ranks second in the nation in draw controls per game and made that evident in the second half as she collected 10 of her game-high 12 draw controls. The statistic was a major change from the first half, when it was the Owls who had gotten six of seven draws.

Tiernan scored twice in the first 10 and a half minutes of the second half, but Louisville recorded four goals in the same stretch. Tiernan's second goal, her third of the game, put Temple within four goals at 8-4, but it was as close as the Owls would get. The Cardinals used a 6-0 run to put the game out of reach, and led 14-4 with 10:27 remaining.

Both Tiernan and freshman Carly Demato scored over a two-minute stretch to give the Owls life, but they did not have enough time to make a comeback.

Faye Brust led Louisville with five goals, while Nikki Boltja scored four and Cortnee Daley added three. Also scoring for the Owls was sophomore Rachel Schwaab.

The Owls will play their final home game of the season on Sunday at noon against Cincinnati. Temple's four seniors will be honored prior to the game for Senior Day.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. The 19th-ranked University of Louisville women's lacrosse team totaled double-digit goals in the second half, surging to a 15-6 decision over Temple on Friday in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Cardinals (9-3, 3-0 Big East) posted their fifth-consecutive victory to remain undefeated in conference play, while earning their most consecutive victories since the 2011 season, when they opened the year with six-straight wins.

Kaylin Morissette started the Cardinals' explosive second half with consecutive goals to boost Louisville's lead to four at 6-2. The sophomore, who finished with two scores and an assist, logged 12 draw controls for her fourth-consecutive game with double-digit draws. She continues to build on her single-season record, totaling 109 for the season 29 more than the previous record.

After Temple (4-8, 1-2) scored its first goal of the half, just third in the game, Faye Brust tallied goals 38 and 39 to distance Louisville by five. Temple's Nicole Tiernan scored her third of four goals before Louisville went on a 6-0 run.

Louisville's Nikki Boltja, who had the game-opening goal, started the run with 19:11 remaining in the contest. Cortnee Daley, playing in her home state, notched her third goal of the game less than a minute later, and then Jamie Redding tacked on her sixth goal of the season to put Louisville ahead 11-4. Boltja had one goal and Brust capped the spurt with two more scores, including her fifth of the game and 41st of the year.

Boltja had five goals in the win, moving her in a two-way tie for eighth on the school's single-season chart with 46 goals.

In the second half alone, the Cardinals won 15 draw controls in comparison to the Owls' two. Louisville logged three goals in the second half on free-position attempts, finishing the game 5 of 7 on free-position opportunities.

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