No. 17 Louisville Outlasts Georgetown to Win Big East Title

WASHINGTON, DC - Faye Brust must really enjoy playing in the nation's capital this year. In three games in Washington, D.C., the junior has combined for 13 goals and two assists. On Saturday, she helped the Cardinals win their third straight on Georgetown's campus.

Brust's career-best six goals and clutch defense late in the game propelled University of Louisville to a 9-8 victory over Georgetown for the Big East Tournament title at the Multi-Sport Field.

"Speechless," head coach Kellie Young said of the title. "[The win] changes your program. These kids work every day to create a culture of success. This win solidifies that hard work pays off. The team believed in us and in each other, and we're in a pretty sweet place right now."

Louisville, which captured the school's first regular-season title, secured the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament with the tournament title. The Cardinals, who now hold the second-longest streak in Division I with 11-consecutive wins, boosted their overall record to 15-3.

"It's just special," Brust said of winning the championship in her home state. "This is what we've been working for all season.

"I had the ball with 4-5 seconds left, and I just threw it up in the air and we all dogpiled. It was the most amazing feeling."

Georgetown (10-8) took the opening lead on a goal three minutes into the contest before Brust took the game into her own hands.

In a four-minute span, Brust found the back of the net for the game's next four goals. The Big East Tournament's Most Outstanding Player scored the first two unassisted in an 11-second stretch, then took a pass from Nikki Boltja and slotted it past the Hoyas' Maddy Fisher for her third score. Brust finished the run at the 20-minute mark to put Louisville ahead 4-1.

The Hoyas responded with three-consecutive goals to tie the game at four apiece, but Brust wasn't done with her special half.

With a little more than two minutes remaining, Brust tacked on two more unassisted goals, including one with 34 seconds left in the half to put Louisville ahead 6-4 at the break. She finished the period with six goals, one ground ball, and one caused turnover.

"The team really helped me get open," Brust added. "They just sent me a pass and I saw a lane just went for it."

The Cardinals, also the regular-season champions, also received solid play from Ashley Peacock in the period. The freshman, playing less than hour from her hometown, made four of her eight saves in the first period and improved her record this season to 5-0.

Georgetown made several attempts in the second half to tie the game, but Louisville's defense kept the Hoyas at bay and the Cardinals' offense came through with clutch goals.

The Hoyas' Kristen Bandos notched the first goal of the second half, but Kaylin Morissette notched her first of two goals to put Louisville ahead 7-5.

Following another Georgetown goal, Morissette and Boltja recorded the game's next two scores with the final one at the 9:29 mark for a 9-6 advantage.

With the time left in the game beginning to dwindle, Georgetown made an effort tie to the match with a pair of scores, but the Louisville defense was too solid and helped the Cardinals hang on for the victory.

"Our defense in essence was one of the big reasons we won," Young said. "Late in the game, we were letting them get outside, and after we made an adjustment, they had a tough time to scoring. In that last timeout, our focus was just on calming them down."

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2014-05-03



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