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Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Cardinal Couple -- Lacrosse ranked #3 in BIG EAST



FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

- Lacrosse picked to finish third in BIG EAST

- Women's Tennis achieving success


The University of Louisville lacrosse team has been picked to finish third in their final season of the BIG EAST. The BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll has the Cards behind Georgetown and Connecticut. All eight BIG EAST lacrosse coach participated in the voting and were not allowed to vote for their own team or players.

Three Louisville lacrosse players were selected to the All- BIG EAST Preseason team.

MONICA NEGRON was an unanimous selection and was also named the BIG EAST preseason Defensive Player of the year. It's her second season on the squad. She led the BIG EAST in draw controls per game and led the Cards in caused turnovers in 2013. She's a senior.

NIKKI BOLTJA was also a unanimous pick. NB was an All-American selection last year and is the BIG EAST's top returning points earner and goal scorer. She was also an All-BIG EAST selection in 2013 and scored 63 goals in 17 games.
Senior Boltja is the all-time leading goal scorer for UofL.

KAYLIN MORISSETTE makes the All-BIG EAST squad after a successful freshman season where she scored 40 goals and won 66 draw controls. Morissette, from Canada, was part of a highly-heralded freshman class that cracked the Lacrosse starting lineup last year in several positions. 

Coach Kellie Young is understandably proud of the trio:

" THIS IS A WELL-DESERVED HONOR FOR THESE THREE STUDENT-ATHLETES. THEY ARE A PART OF OUR PROGRAM'S CORE, THE WORKER-BEES, PASSIONATE ABOUT THE SPORT AND THEIR TEAM, AND DRIVEN TO SUCCEED."

First up for the Cards is a trip to Duke on Feb. 9th. Coach Young will take 21 letter-winners from last season and a talented incoming class to Durham to battle the #6 Blue Devils. The Cards were 11-6 last season, 8-1 at home but inexplicably left out of the NCAA Tournament.

You can congratulate Nikki, Monica and Kaylin at the Lacrosse Kickoff dinner Saturday night at the PNC Plaza in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium but you need to make that call today.

The University of Louisville women's lacrosse program is hosting its annual Crease Club Banquet and Silent Auction on Feb. 1 at the PNC Club in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $40 apiece by e-mailing executive director of operations, Patty Norton, dennison@louisville.edu, or calling (502) 852-0100. At 4 p.m., doors to the event open and the auction will begin and dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. The team opening ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m. Headlining the banquet is Kelly Berger Rabil, a 2013 World Cup gold medalist for Team USA. She was a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Developmental Team in 2005-06 before moving to the Elite team.

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Louisville women's Tennis travels to Chicago Saturday to face DePaul. The Cards are coming  off a 4-0 sweep of Missouri in the ITA Kickoff Weekend, contested in Gainesville, FL.

Fellerhoff and Shine are doing just fine.

Shine teamed with Manuela Velaquez to win 6-4 in doubles and Fellerhoff took the court with Olivia Boesing to capture a 6-2 victory. The Cards also swept all three singles matches...with Fellerhoff, Shine and Elle Stokes getting wins.

Five matches, four points. I will never understand tennis scoring.

Louisville returns home for Bass-Rudd action beginning Feb. 6th. against Morehead. Evansville visits on Feb. 8th. and Cincinnati comes in on Feb. 9th.

paulie
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4 comments:

  1. A # 1 seed in the NCAA tournament is still possible and really is needed in order to insure our not being placed in the same bracket as UConn.
    # 3 Duke and # 4 Stanford both had close calls last night.

    No. 3 Duke squeaked by, again. This time by only 1 point over unranked Miami when with 2 seconds left Duke rebounds it's own missed shot and is fouled. Free throw wins game.

    Duke's previous close escape was only a 4 point win 7 days ago over unranked Virginia Tech.

    No. 4 Stanford won over No. 21 Cal by only 6 points

    Other ranked teams Thursday night results were:

    No. 6 UNC looses to Unranked Syracuse by 5

    No. 8 Maryland looses by 9 to No. 18 N. Carolina State

    No. 13 UK looses again. This time by 2 to Georgia after their Jan. 23 loss to unranked Alabama.

    No. 16 Vandy looses to unranked Missouri by 5

    Go Cards!

    Sandy W.

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    1. Yep. Duke is living dangerously. If we have a chance to bounce anyone from a #1 seed it's the Dookies. UConn and ND appear to be locks and assuming that Stanford gets by Cal again on Sunday and the Sun Devils later they'll win out and are probably a #1 seed lock too.

      Duke has five remaining games they could easily lose...Notre Dame twice, UNC twice and Maryland has a chance to beat them too. Actually NC State might knock them off too. If some of that happens and the Cards run the table with the exception of UConn we've got a legit shot at a #1 seed.

      If we end up a #2 seed we'll probably be in UConn's bracket and will be looking for another "game of a lifetime" in the regional. Should be an interesting February and March.

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  2. Lacrosse sounds like they have high hopes this year. It is a shame they only have six home games and 11 on the road. What is the reasoning behind this?

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    1. The conference split is 3 at home and 4 on the road, which is expected...since it was 4-3 last season. the non-conference slate away bias is primarily because several of the teams UofL is facing cannot afford to travel. THE Cards can and are looking for quality games.

      Paulie

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