March 10, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Behind its highest scoring output of the season, the University of Louisville women's lacrosse team cruised to a 20-3 victory over Presbyterian College on Saturday at West Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga.
Nikki Boltja scored six goals, her second highest tally this season, Casey Pepperman netted four, and Jamie Redding registered a hat trick and also earned a career-best four assists, as Louisville controlled the tempo of the game.
The Cardinals (2-3) jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead behind two scores from Redding and a tally from Hillary Bushway and Boltja each. Louisville's opening goals in which it gained a 2-0 advantage came within the first three minutes of the game.
Following two Presbyterian (1-6) goals from Catherine Ellis to cut the Cardinals' deficit to one, Louisville responded with a 10-0 run to end the period. During the run, Faye Brust and Dani Lazo recorded consecutive goals, earning their first scores at the collegiate level. Emily Kolsevich picked up a pair of goals and was credited with her first career assist, and Pepperman scored with five seconds remaining in the period to cap the run and give Louisville a 14-3 lead at the break.
Louisville added six goals to its total in the second period, while holding Presbyterian scoreless in the half, to finish the game with 16 unanswered goals.
Monica Negron led a strong defensive performance with team highs and career bests in caused turnovers (5) and draw controls (5), while collecting two ground balls and scoring her first collegiate goal. Carissa Corbett and Janaye Dzikewich bolstered the defense, forcing two caused turnovers each and combining for six of the team's 17 ground balls.
Presbyterian's three goals are tied for the second fewest by an opponent in school history. The last time Louisville held a school to three goals was on March 18, 2009, when Louisville beat Lafayette, 18-3. The only team to score fewer than three goals was Manhattan in 2011, when it fell to Louisville, 20-2.
Danielle Pawliw and Ashley Herbst split equal time in goal, and Pawliw, who made three saves, earned the win to improve to 2-3 on the year.
For the game, Louisville outshot Presbyterian, 41-13, and had the advantage in draw controls, 17-7.
The Cardinals return to action on Wednesday, March 14, when they head to Nashville, Tenn., to face seventh-ranked Vanderbilt. First draw at the Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex is set for 4 p.m. ET.