Jamie Ward and the Cardinals open the season at home on Sunday against Binghamton at 1 p.m.
Feb. 18, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team is set to embark on the 2011 campaign this weekend, with festivities beginning Saturday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m., with its Crease Club Dinner at the PNC Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Cardinals will play host to Binghamton at 1 p.m.
Football head coach Charlie Strong will be the featured speaker at the annual banquet. Tickets for the event can be purchased for $40 apiece by downloading the attached form and e-mailing executive director of operations, Patty Norton, firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (502) 852-0100. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a sneak peek at the silent auction, and dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m.
A day later, Louisville opens its fourth season in program history, facing the Bearcats at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium. Fans attending the game will receive a free team poster and a keychain, which features the 2011 schedule.
"We are anxious to begin the season and test ourselves against some of the best teams in Division I," head coach Kellie Young says. "This season is filled with great hope. We are doing the work, leaving it all on the field and hoping to 'Leave Our Legacy' at Louisville.
"Binghamton brings a feisty and speedy squad to The 'Ville. We are looking to attack our first game with focus and intensity and start the season with a decisive win."
The Cardinals are coming off their third-straight double-digit win season, posting an 11-6 overall mark, going 4-4 in the BIG EAST. The squad was led by Bergan Foley, who finished the year as the nation's leader in goals (78) and goals per game (4.59), and Katie Oliverio, the nation's leader in assists per game (2.71). Collectively, Louisville ranked in the top-15 nationally in five different categories: draw controls per game (15.41), scoring offense (14.71 goals per game), ground balls per game (21.24), caused turnovers per game (10.94) and scoring margin (3.82).
Binghamton, also playing in its season opener, is coming off a season in which it went 2-13 overall, 1-5 in the America East. The team returns 11 of its starters, including its leading goal scorers, Beth Moore (39 goals) and Ali Castiglie (32 goals). The Bearcats are under the direction of Tony Zostant, who's in his third season with the program. He has guided Binghamton to a 10-37 overall record.