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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.