April 18, 2009
The University of Louisville lacrosse team rallied from a 6-1 first-half deficit to come back and beat No. 16 Loyola, 13-12, in BIG EAST Conference action Saturday afternoon on Diane-Geppi Aikens field. The win propelled the Cardinals, a first year BIG EAST squad, into the fourth and final spot in the tournament.
Bergan Foley had six of Louisville's 13 goals with teammate Emily Dashiell adding two goals, an assist and two draw controls, causing three turnovers. Keeper Jen Heup made nine saves to pick up the win.
"I am so incredibly proud of this team. This was a big day for Louisville lacrosse. Our first top twenty win and securing a spot in the BIG EAST," said U of L head coach Kellie Young.
Louisville (9-5 overall, 3-4 BIG EAST) came out strong in the second half, scoring the first three goals. Louisville's Bergan Foley scored two of the three goals, giving the Cardinals a 10-9 lead, their first of the game and what turned out to be the game-winner.
"Down 6-1 and coming back to win is a testament to the hard work, dedication and growing maturity of these players. We now know what it means to compete," said Young.
The Greyhounds jumped on the Cardinals, scoring the first two goals in the first two minutes of the game. Louisville answered when Elizabeth Lovejoy received a pass by Emily Dashiell, giving the Cardinals their first goal of the match.
Loyola answered immediately back with two goals from Mary Clare Taylor and another by Colleen O'Keefe with Maury Kenny adding a goal to give Loyola the five goal lead.
The Cardinals did not let the five goal lead get in their way as they were able to score seven more goals, two by Foley, before the end of the half putting them only down by a goal at half time, 9-8.
The Cardinals kept Loyola (10-5, 3-4) scoreless for nine minutes in the second half, until Grace Gavin scored putting the Greyhounds within a goal with 21 minutes to play.
The Cards answered with goals by both Lianne Bobal and Bergan Foley. Loyola's Colleen O'Keefe scored on a free position shot making the score 13-11.
In the last five minutes, Loyola's Meg Taylor caused a turnover by Heup and then scored making it a one-goal game with 4:27 left.
The Cardinals used ball control for much rest of the game, and Heup made two saves on Loyola free-position shots to seal the win.
The 2009 BIG EAST women's lacrosse championship field has been set and host Georgetown has earned the No. 1 overall seed. The
Hoyas (11-4, 6-1 BIG EAST) will face first-time entrant and No. 4 seed
Louisville (9-5, 3-4 BIG EAST) on April 24 at approximately 7:45 p.m.
ET. No. 2 seed Syracuse (12-3, 6-1 BIG EAST) will face No. 3 seed Notre
Dame (12-4, 5-2 BIG EAST) in the other semifinal set for 5:30 p.m. ET.
The winners will face off for the league's tournament championship on
April 26 at 1 p.m. ET and an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.
The game will be televised live on the CBS College Sports Network.
The championship will be held on the Multi-Sport Field at Georgetown
University in Washington, D.C.