BRUST'S RETURN NOT ENOUGH...WILDCATS WIN OVER LOUISVILLE
Faye Brust's return to action after a knee injury on April 4th certainly buoyed the LAX Cards spirits...the 2 1/2 hour rain delay probably dampened them a bit...but the outcome was about what we've come to expect against Northwestern in Lacrosse...
A close game but eventually a loss to the Evanston, IL. member of the BIG 10.
The 10-7 win by the Wildcats knocked Louisville out of the NCAA Tournament. A game that wasn't to Kellie Young's liking:
"This is not how we wanted our tournament run to go. I am proud of our defense, we held their top two scorers scoreless. We ran a new defense and our kids applied it and performed well in the first half. You can't win a game if you can't get the draw. We need to want a national championship, that is our next step."
The draw control battle was won by the Wildcats 12-7. Kaylin Morissette getting five of the Louisville mid-field possessions.
The Cards had success early in finding Cortnee Daley for scores...she had the Cards first two goals...and Faye Brust scored her first goal in over a month to give Louisville a 3-1 lead halfway through the first half. So far, so good...
Northwestern rallied to tie it at 3-3. Hannah Koloski put the Cards briefly back on top (the final time Louisville would hold the lead) at 4-3 with eight minutes left in the first half but Northwestern found the net 90 seconds later and the contest went into the intermission at 4-4.
A 2 1/2 hour rain delay, thunder and lightning in the Evanston area, gave Northwestern plenty of time to dissect and analyze the Cardinal defense and it paid dividends for the home team...scoring twice in the first seven minutes of play.
Morissette had two of the Cards three scores in the final half...cutting the Wildcat lead to 7-6 with 15:12 to play...but the Northwestern defense clamped down and held the Cards to just one score the rest of the way....Morissette cutting the lead to 9-7 with four minutes left in the contest on an unassisted goal.
Tough way to end the season.
Northwestern is now 4-0 lifetime against Louisville. If Kellie Young is getting the "Jeff Walz can't beat the Wildcats" complex in regards to facing these Big 10 Wildcats...one can't really blame her.
The scores have been close, the Cards have led in the contests and...if this all sounds a bit familiar...it's a mirror to WBB's most recent series against those other Wildcats that prowl Lexington.
Young's quest for the future is admirable and fits well within the desire of all Cardinal fans...to get to and win championships. It will be particularly hard, though...when you're in the best lacrosse conference in NCAA DI and other perennial powerhouses like Maryland are recruiting the same area you are.
The Louisville Lacrosse facilities are adequate...visiting teams would probably like a locker room instead of a tent and a permanent press box instead of a state fair concession booth would be nice. It might get a little more live game media coverage for the squad besides CARDINAL COUPLE and The Cardinal Student newspaper.
Neither of these things are overly important in the recruitment of players, of course, but given the state of the art soccer, field hockey and softball facilities Louisville now has to offer...you have to wonder when it'll be Lacrosse's turn for an upgrade.
To be the best you have to beat the best...and get the best...so that will be job #1 for Young, her staff and returning and upcoming players next season.
That, and finding a way to beat Northwestern.
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