April 11, 2014
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.
The first half consisted featured the lowest combined goal total of any Louisville game this season.
Temple registered one score in between Louisville's two goals within the first seven minutes of action. Over the final 15 minutes of the first period, the teams combined for just three goals, two by Louisville, as the Cardinals held a 4-2 lead at the break.
The contest served as a homecoming for more than half of the team, as 18 Cardinals played less than six hours from their hometowns, including four from Pennsylvania.
Louisville returns to action on Sunday against Villanova, starting at noon.
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