No. 5 Northwestern Snaps Louisville's Streak to Advance

EVANSTON, Ill. University of Louisville 's magical season came to an end on Sunday. The Cardinals' had their 12-game winning streak snapped in an 11-8 loss to No. 5 Northwestern in the NCAA Sweet 16 at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.

Louisville (16-4), which reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, capped a historical season that included school records in wins (16) and consecutive victories (12). The Cardinals, who claimed the Big East regular-season and tournament titles, also notched their first NCAA Tournament win after beating Ohio State 11-10 in double overtime on Friday.

Cortnee Daley led the No. 16 Cardinals with four goals, three in the first half that gave Louisville a two-goal advantage, and Faye Brust connected on two of her free-position shots for a pair of scores that boosted her season total to 71, tied for second most in a single season in school history.

Daley also led Louisville with two caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Kaylin Morissette was held to a season-low three draw controls. Nikki Boltja, who had two assists, was held scoreless for the first time this season, the last coming on March 17, 2013. She has been held with a goal only four times in the last three years.

Powered by Kara Mupo's four goals and Alyssa Leonard's two scores and nine draw controls, Northwestern (13-6) will advance to its 10th-consecutive NCAA quarterfinal. The Wildcats face the winner of the Florida-Denver match-up on either May 17 or 18.

Northwestern's Jess Carroll started the contest with a quick goal less than two minutes into the contest, her first of two in the game.

Moments later, it turned into Daley's show. Her three scores, also Louisville's first three goals, came in a nine-minute span.

On Louisville's first score, which came at the 27:25 mark, Morissette took the ball into Northwestern territory on the near side and found Daley cutting toward the cage for the score. Twenty seconds later, Daley notched her second goal of the game on an assist from Jamie Redding. She finished with two assists in the loss.

Louisville's third unanswered goal came on an assist from Boltja. Daley, who trailed the play, took a hard cut toward the cage and received a pass from Boltja, slotting it past Northwestern's Bridget Bianco to put the Cardinals ahead 3-1.

Northwestern cut the deficit to one and then tied the game at the 10-minute mark before taking its first lead at 4-3 since the opening minutes behind Lauren Murray's free-position goal with 4:18 left in the half.

Goals by Daley and Morissette in the first five minutes of the second half gave Louisville a 5-4 advantage, its final lead of the game.

The Wildcats logged four-consecutive goals, including three by Mupo, for an 8-5 lead.

Louisville came within two twice thanks to both of Brust's goals, but two more late Northwestern goals kept the game out of reach.

The Cardinals' Carissa Corbett tallied the final score with 1:35 remaining.

Northwestern's Bianco finished the contest with six saves, five in the second half, while Louisville's tandem of Ashley Peacock and Ashley Herbst combined for eight stops.

The loss also marked the final game for nine Louisville seniors: Boltja, Hillary Bushway, Kelsey Garraty, Herbst, Leslee Hefner, Monica Negron, Colleen O'Malley, Amy Poteet, and Redding.

The group helped Louisville compile 37 victories, including three 10-win seasons.

Individually, Boltja finishes first on the career charts in free-position goals (52), second in points (235) and goals (193), third in assists (42) and game-winning goals (9), and ninth in game started. Redding concludes her career second in assists (44) and ninth in points (88). Negron capped a four-year career in which she ranks first in game started (67), second in ground balls (145) and caused turnovers (92), and third in draw controls (164).

2014-05-11



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