April 23, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team brings its most successful regular season in school history to a close on Thursday, when it plays host to Marquette at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium at 4 p.m.
The two schools have met just once, and the Cardinals cruised to a 21-2 victory over the Golden Eagles last year on April 7. Nikki Boltja, Kaylin Morissette, and Cortnee Daley each had three goals, while Louisville's defense caused 15 of Marquette's 21 turnovers. The Golden Eagles managed just four shots for the game and six draw controls.
The No. 18 Cardinals are riding a school best eight-game winning streak after consecutive league victories last week against Connecticut and Rutgers. With the win over the Scarlet Knights, Louisville clinched its first share of the BIG EAST regular-season title and then secured the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament held May 1 and 3 in Washington, D.C.
Reigning league offensive player of the week Faye Brust totaled 10 goals and one assist in helping Louisville improve its record to 12-3 overall, 6-0 in BIG EAST play. After posting five goals against the Huskies on Friday, she replicated that total with five goals against the Scarlet Knights on Senior Day.
For the season, Boltja remains the team leader in goals (59) and points (77), while Brust's 55 goals are second most on the team. Morissette, who is third in points with 43, has a team-high 133 draw controls. Defensively, Daley leads the team with 20 caused turnovers, and Ashley Peacock has played in the cage the last two games, boasting a 5.11 goals-against average and 18 saves.
Statistically, Louisville ranks No. 1 in draw controls per game at 16.73, while boasting the No. 6 scoring offense in the country. The Cardinals are ninth nationally in scoring margin at +6.73. Individually, Boltja ranks second in goals and goals per game (3.93), and Morissette is second in draw controls per game at 8.87.
Marquette enters the contest with a 5-10 overall record, going 1-5 in the BIG EAST. The Golden Eagles have lost their last five league contests after beating Cincinnati in Marquette's league debut.
Last time out, Villanova beat Marquette 10-9 on Saturday despite the Golden Eagles outscoring the Wildcats 5-2 in the second period. Amanda Bochniak scored three goals in the loss, and Claire Costanza had two goals and two assists. Defensively, three players each tallied two caused turnovers.
Bochniak leads the Golden Eagles with 40 points - 21 goals and 19 assists - on the season, while Costanza has 39 points on 20 goals and 19 assists. Sarah Priem has played a majority of the time in the cage, holding a 12.01 goals-against average and a .351 save percentage.
The Golden Eagles are under the direction of second-year coach Meredith Black, who has guided the second-year program to a 7-25 record.
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