March 1, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team's home-opening match against Denver on Friday, March 2, has been rescheduled to 12:30 p.m. at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium.
The match originally was scheduled to take place at 2 p.m., but has been moved up due to inclement weather in the forecast.
The Cardinals enter the match with a 1-2 record after falling to Old Dominion, 14-12, on Feb. 26. Nikki Boltja paced the offense with five goals. Denver, meanwhile, has played just one game, falling to Johns Hopkins, 20-5.
Louisville (1-2) is coming off a tough loss to Old Dominion, where the Cardinals fell 14-12. Sophomore Nikki Boltja led the team with an impressive five goals, scoring four in the first half. Freshman Cat Gordon has continued her strong play, recording six draw controls in the game. Defensively, Louisville had eight different players with one caused turnover.
As of Feb. 26, the last time the statistical rankings were compiled, Louisville ranked seventh nationally in caused turnovers per game (10.33), 19th in ground balls per game (17.67) and No. 21 in draw controls per game (14.33).
Denver (0-1) opened its season with a loss to Johns Hopkins, 20-5. Redshirt junior Kara Secora, who led the team in goals (41) and assist (37) last year, had a goal and also dished out an assist. Sophomore defender Calie Murphy contributed on the defensive end by recording a team-high four ground balls. Johns Hopkins, led by Candace Rossi's five goals, outscored Denver, 10-1, in the first period.
The Pioneers are led by Liza Kelly, who is entering her seventh season at the helm of the program. During the 2011 season, she guided her team to a 7-11 record, going 5-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Her record at Denver is 59-33, while her career record is 123-66 over a span of 10 seasons. As a team last year, Denver ranked 26th in the NCAA in ground balls by averaging 17 per game. The team has eight returning starters this year along with nine newcomers.