June 2, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
University of Louisville women's lacrosse head coach Kellie Young has been selected as the North team's head coach for the IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star game on June 7 in Radnor, Pa., the organization announced.
"I am honored," Young, who coached the South team in 2003, said following the announcement. "This event showcases the top talent in the senior class across all divisions of the women's game. I'm thrilled to have been selected by the committee to coach the North Division I team and look forward to working with some of our nation's top players."
The Division I game will be held at Cabrini College and annually features the nation's top seniors.
Young will have a pair of familiar faces on her team, with former Louisville student-athletes in Nikki Boltja and Jamie Redding both accepting invitations to participate in the event. Since the program's inception in 2008, seven Louisville student-athletes have competed in the game.
Young, the unanimous 2014 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, led the Cardinals to their best season in program history. In addition to capturing the league's regular-season title with a 7-0 record, Louisville also won the BIG EAST Tournament title. The Cardinals then advanced to their first NCAA Tournament, beating No. 10 Ohio State and advancing to the Sweet 16.
Louisville finished the year at 16-4, notching a program record in wins, and capped the season ranked No. 11 in the final coaches' poll. The Cardinals strung together 12-consecutive wins, the third-longest streak in Division I in 2014.
The Cardinals also collected numerous awards during the year. Along with Young earning the BIG EAST award, Boltja was unanimous attack player of the year, Kaylin Morissette earned midfielder of the year honors, and Monica Negron was defensive player of the year. In total, eight student-athletes were tabbed all-conference performers (seven on the first team).
Louisville broke another school record, with four players - Boltja, Morissette, Faye Brust
, and Negron -earning IWLCA All-America honors.
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