Sunday, April 5, 2015
Softball, Lacrosse take loses on Saturday -- Sunday Cardinal Couple
UNC Wallops Lax Cards 18-5
Saturday afternoon at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium was Senior Day and the Cards said "Goodbye" to six seniors in pregame ceremonies. The girls aren't actually gone for good just yet, there are three games left in the regular season and the ACC and NCAA Tournament left to play...but seniors Faye Brust, Anna Kopecka, Carissa Corbett, Cat Gordon, Kendall Gordon (not related) and Emily Kolsevich did battle with #2 UNC in front of 600 fans.
It did not go well for the seniors or Louisville. A 13-point loss after a fairly close first half.
Added to the defeat was a knee injury to Louisville leading scorer and team captain Faye Brust a mere two minutes into the contest. Brust, who was helped off the field, did try to return to play in the second half...but wasn't able to go at full speed and returned to the sidelines. There was no official word on the extent of the injury...but it seemingly shook the Louisville squad and definitely hindered their firepower.
Ah, yes...the game. We might as well review that.
Louisville hung close with UNC, after being down 3-1 the Cards rallied to tie at 3-3 on two straight goals from sophomore Hannah Kolowski. Cortnee Daley gave UofL a 4-3 lead with 10:01 left in the first half but UNC went on a 4-0 run to end the half and led 7-4 at the break.
Any hopes UofL had of a second half rally were dashed by two quick TarHeel scores. Kaylin Morissette scored her lone goal of the contest to make it 9-5 UNC with 25:16 left to play...but the Cards could not fin the net after that an a 9-0 run by North Carolina ended the contest.
Molly Hendrick paced the TarHeels with five goals...she also left the contest in the second half hobbling...possibly tweaking a knee or ankle after getting a clete caught in the turf after celebrating winning a draw control.
Koloski's two early goals were the only bright spot in a Louisville attack that was outshot 28-18 and committed 13 turnovers.
When Coach Young was asked after the game what takeaways she could use for this game to prepare for Virginia next Sunday...she replied:
"Nothing. We didn't do anything right for 60 minutes."
The Cards will travel to Charlottesville next to face the Wahoos in conference play.
WHO HID THE BATS? CARDS LOSE TWO BY 2-0 SCORE IN SOFTBALL
Louisville Softball must have had their bats hidden by the Easter Bunny Saturday in Blacksburg, VA...losing both games of the doubleheader 2-0 to the Gobblers.
Louisville managed just three hits in the first game and six hits in the finale. VT also sweeps the series and the Cards now have a 11-4 ACC record.
Madi Norman in the first game and Maryssa Becker in the second did well enough in their performances to rack up what would normally be a win for each but lack of hitting by the "on-again, off-again" Cardinal power trust proved fatal Saturday.
From all of us at CARDINAL COUPLE, a very happy and joyous Easter Sunday to you!
Our Easter Saturday Cardinal Couple broadcast should be available on the Crescent Hill Soundcloud later today. Worldwide, Sam and I discuss hoops, lacrosse, volleyball and softball...plus we have words from Sandy Pearsall, Jeff Walz, Bria Smith, Mariya Moore and Maryssa Becker
for you to hear. It's a shortened broadcast...just 45 minutes...we had to make way for the live broadcast of the Frankfort Avenue Crescent Hill Easter Parade...
DOES THE EASTER BUNNY REALLY HAVE A BEARD AND DRIVE A JEEP?