Nikki Boltja ranks second nationally in goals per game and third in total goals.
March 25, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nikki Boltja helped the University of Louisville women's lacrosse team to a win in its only game last week with a dominant offensive performance, securing BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors on Tuesday for the third time this season.
In the 18-14 victory at Vanderbilt, Boltja registered six goals along with two assists for a game-best eight points. She netted four of her goals in the first, while her two second-half goals helped Louisville maintain its lead. It was the seventh time this season the senior has totaled at least three goals in a game.
With her performance, the Medina, Ohio, native boosted her season goal total to a BIG EAST best 37, while ranking third nationally. Her 4.11 goals per game rank No. 1 in the league and second nationally. In terms of points and points per game, categories in which she leads the BIG EAST, she stands seventh and eighth, respectively, in the nation.
Collectively, Louisville (6-3) ranks 14th nationally in scoring offense at 14.22 goals per game, while boasting the 19th most points at the Division I level with 171.
Sophomore Kaylin Morissette was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after totaling two ground balls and had 10 draw controls against the Commodores. Her 7.89 draw controls per game ranks first in the BIG EAST and third nationally, while she boasts the No. 11 position in the league in ground balls per game. Notably, Morissette's 71 draw controls through just nine games are five more than last year's total of 66 in 17 games.
Behind Morissette, Louisville stands sixth nationally in draw controls per game at 15.67.
The Cardinals return to action with their BIG EAST opener on Saturday at No. 14 Georgetown. First draw at Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C., is set for 2 p.m. ET.