IRISH TAKE DOWN LOULAX 12-10
Louisville Lacrosse battled back from a 9-3 halftime deficit and a hour and seventeen minute rain delay that caused an evacuation of Lane Stadium on the Virginia Tech campus and relocation of the match to an indoor practice facility but could not catch Notre Dame in a 12-10 loss Thursday night.
Louisville Softball went through a rain delay Wednesday night in their loss to Kentucky. April showers, right?
Louisville scored first in the match 2 1/2 minutes in when Kelli Gerding connected on a Kaylin Morissette feed but the Irish countered with two goals. The Cards tied it at 2-2 when Heidi Smith found the back of the net but Notre Dame went on a 7-0 run until the UofL's Hannah Koloski stopped the Cardinal dry spell with a score 1:42 before halftime. The Cards trailed 9-3 and needed to find some offensive punch.
As the second half was scheduled to begin, lightning and rain started the rain delay which eventually caused the match to be moved to Virginia Tech's multi-purpose indoor facility.
The Irish struck first in the second half but the Cards fired back with a 5-0 run that featured goals from Cortnee Daley, Koloski, Morissette and two straight scores from Gerding to get the Cards within two at 10-8 with 14:24 to play. The Cards could get no closer that that, unfortunately...trading goals with Notre Dame the rest of the way and falling 12-10.
Louisville head coach Kellie Young spoke of the effort:
"I was disappointed in our first half effort. Our second half showed who we are...fearless and attacking the game. That is how you have to play for a full 60 minutes when you play at this level."
Louisville will now wait for the NCAA Selection Show to learn their NCAA fate. The show airs Sunday, May 8th at 9 p.m.
WALZ EXCITED ABOUT THE "NOW" AND THE FUTURE
Jeff Walz sat down with the media Thursday morning and reviewed the season that was, the current and the future. His mood was bright and upbeat...in contrast to another certain coach's demeanor from Wednesday...and he is pleased and proud of the current and some former players that are Cardinals.
Monique Reid led her Bulgarian team Montana 2003 to the championships this spring. Shawnta Dyer also had a successful season overseas in Eurobasket competition over the winter. Sara Hammond had a strong season in Spain The WNBA training camps have four former Cardinals competing for roster spots with Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel (Atlanta), Asia Taylor (Indiana) and Jude Schimmel (Dallas).
Walz was proud of the way the squad came back from the slow start in the 2015-16 season but felt they fell short of the expectations of the coaches, staff and squad -- to reach the Final Four and contend for the National Championship every year.
He talked of the improvement of Sam Fuehring and Erin DeGrate during the individual instruction drills after the season ended and is looking forward to the five freshmen joining the program this summer...speaking highly of each of their skills.
Walz also hasn't quite closed the book on whether Dakota Weatherford will play for the Cards next season or not...if a scholarship is available, she would definitely be considered and would be welcome to assume walk-on status...if not.
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JESSICA LAEMMLE TO WALK ON WBB TEAM
Word is that Mercy (Louisville) High School point guard has committed to the Louisville women's basketball team as a preferred walk-on.