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Friday, April 25, 2014

Louisville women’s lacrosse team caps unbeaten season with first conference title

The University of Louisville women’s lacrosse team won its ninth-straight contest and secured sole possession of the Big East regular-season title with a 12-7 victory over Marquette Thursday evening at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium.

UofL women cap unbeaten Big East season with home victory (Photo from UofL athletics)/small>

UofL women cap unbeaten Big East season with home victory (Photo from UofL athletics)

Louisville never trailed in the contest and finished league play as the only undefeated team at 7-0 for the program’s first conference title. With the victory, the Cardinals set a school record for total wins and surpassing the previous best of 12 set in Louisville’s inaugural year in 2008. Louisville also totaled a school-best seven conference wins and finished the home portion of its schedule at a stellar 6-0.

The Cardinals are the No. 1 seed in next weekend’s four team Big East Tournament in Washington, D.C. and play in the semifinals on May 1. The championship game will be televised on Fox Sports 2 on May 3.

“I think, even in my career at JMU and as an assistant at Georgetown, it was not that often that we went undefeated in conference play,” head coach Kellie Young said of the program’s first conference title. “We may have had some different faces in the Big East, but we still have very solid teams.

“It is the daily showing up that makes me so proud of this team. Certainly, this first half is what got us through this game. Now, we just have to put 60 minutes together. You can’t beat it. For this team to have a regular season championship outright is pretty special thing.”

The Cardinals (13-3) outscored the Golden Eagles 8-0 in the first half, with two goals apiece from Faye Brust, Cortnee Daley, and Nikki Boltja. Team-wise, Louisville outshot 18-1 in that period, while dominating the draw 8-1. Marquette turned the ball over 16 times through the first 30 minutes.

(From UofL Athletics)



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