Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Louisville Lacrosse ranked #4 in Inside Lacrosse Poll -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
LAX CARDS ATOP ACC AT 7-0
We've watched this season as the Louisville women's basketball team got a preseason #8 ranking, struggled early but has eventually climbed back to that #8 position in the latest polls.
Move over hoop Cards...someone else on campus wants to share that Top Ten platform with you and it's Kellie Young's lacrosse squad.
There was an open media day for Louisville Lacrosse (7-0) at the stadium yesterday...as the #4 Cards prepare for a weekend trip to face #15 Duke (3-3).
Several television stations sent sport reporters. A couple of sports websites were there besides CARDINAL COUPLE. It possibly may have been the biggest (in terms of numbers) interviews Brittany Read, Kaylin Morissette and Cortnee Daley have done since they've been on the Louisville campus. It had to be one of Kellie Young's largest group interviews as well. They all performed admirably.
When you get a collection of sports reporters who know very little about the actual sport respond to an open call for media interviews...you're going to get a lot of generalized questions focusing on the mindset instead of the mechanics and a few "idiot boy" queries...but the publicity and recognition is always good for the Lacrosse and all women's sports programs...so you take the good with the bad. For a few blessed moments, egos were set aside and attention was focused on the interviewee...not the interviewer.
So what is going on that has made Louisville a top five contender in lacrosse? Kellie Young sees this:
" A ranking really doesn't matter. It's a compliment to the program but we have work to get done and we need to take this game by game. What's working? Most important is our teamwork. Kay on the drive...she totally invested in it."
Ask Cortnee Daley what is making a difference this year and she'll tell you:
" I definitely think it is our confidence, we do so much extra work...and knowing in our mind that there's no doubt we can take down any team.
Kaylin Morissette, coming off an ACC Offense Player of the Week Award looks back at the last week, where the Cards knocked off Northwestern and Notre Dame...two teams that have rung up an 8-0 record against UofL Lacrosse before the games at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium:
"Last week was incredible. Such a huge confidence booster for us. Just showing ourselves just how good we can be...that's really exciting for us. Everyone is invested in this team. We're all sisters on this team. I feel I could have a conversation with any of my teammates...from the most serious topic to something totally irrelevant. We're all very close...from seniors to the freshmen."
Huge in the win over Notre Dame was goalkeeper Brittany Read..who is now focused on Duke:
" I'm very excited and I think Duke is a very good team and they can show us anything. It really doesn't matter what team it is that you play or where they're ranked...any team can show you anything anytime of the game and you have to be ready for that."
One game at a time. Team unity and closeness. Hard work. Being prepared. The priorities and principals are in the right place for the Louisville Lacrosse squad. The road tough ahead with Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina and Virginia...all ranked in the top 15. One at a time, all in good time.
The Cards were preseason ranked seventh out of the eight teams in ACC Lacrosse. As of today, though, they might to look at changing the references to the sport to: