LACROSSE FALLS 13-10 TO SYRACUSE
The road woes continued for the Louisville Lacrosse squad yesterday with a 13-10 loss to Syracuse in the Orange Dome.
Cortnee Daley did all she could to get Louisville their 13th. win of the season but Louisville could never gain the lead aagainst the #4 Orange. She tallied five goals, including two when the Cards stormed back from a 10-7 deficit to get within one...but the regular season ends with UofL posting a 3-4 record in ACC Conference play.
That record will land the Cards a six seed in the upcoming ACC Lacrosse Tournament and first round action against #3 Notre Dame Thursday, April 28th. at 7:30 p.m. in Blacksburg, VA. The Cards did defeat the Irish earlier in the season 10-9 at the LLS.
Yesterday, # 8 Louisville fell behind early to SU and trailed 3-0 after 12 minutes. Daley's first score got UofL back to a 3-2 deficit but the Orange countered with two quick scores and went in at halftime holders of a 8-5 lead...which was actually 9-5 for a few minutes during the break before the officials conferred and took away a Syracuse score at the buzzer.
Down 11-10, the Cards had several attempts to knot the match in the final eight minutes but Allie Murray made several key stops in goal and the 'Cuse added a couple of scores for the final outcome. Hannah Koloski and Madison Hoover netted two goals for the Cards...the Syracuse defense held Kaylin Morissette in check throughout the afternoon...the senior finished with no scores and only captured four of the 25 draw controls in the game. Louisville ended up with nine draw controls to Syracuse's 16.
With a 12-4 overall record, the Cards should be safe in getting an NCAA at-large invite...if they don't win the ACC Tournament. North Carolina took the conference crown with a 7-0 ACC performance and Syracuse finished in second by going 5-2 in ACC play.
SOFTBALL WINS 4-0, SOFTBALL LOSES 4-0
Saturday at Ulmer Stadium was a mirrored performance for Louisville...winning the first game 4-0 and losing the second contest 4-0.
LOUISVILLE 4 - SYRACUSE 0
Maryssa Becker controlled the circle in the opener and a three-run fourth inning propelled the Cards to their 31st. win of the season. Becker tossed a five-hit shutout while striking out three Orange stick-swingers and the Cards pieced together two walks and four hits to push a 1-0 advantage to the 4-0 cushion...Megan Hensley's two RBI single providing a crushing blow to the ACC foe.
Louisville had ample opportunities to add to the scoreboard total...leaving the bags full of Cards in the second and fourth innings and a total of 12 runners left on base.
SYRACUSE 4 - LOUISVILLE 0
The Cards ran into Syracuse's AnnaMarie Gatti in the nightcap...who tossed a two-hit shutout at the home team and a costly third-inning for starter Hensley was the difference in Louisville loss. Nicole Pufahl provided UofL's only two hits in the contest.
The teams will square off again today for a noon contest in Ulmer...if you can't go, ESPN3 will provide coverage.
Louisville hosts Kentucky next...for a 6 p.m. Wednesday contest...then it's a couple of road trips for Sandy Pearsall's hit-and-pitch Cards...with visits to Notre Dame and Florida State to end the regular season.
Louisville is currently in third place in the ACC with a 12-5 conference record. The road trip will pit Louisville against the top of the conference in first place Florida State (15-1) and the Irish (9-3).
EMMONNIE HENDERSON DOMINATES IN DISCUS SATURDAY
The Road to Rio continued for Emmonnie Henderson yesterday in the discus event at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational at Cardinal Park. Her winning toss of 52.69m/172-10 was over nine meters (or 30 feet) better than the nearest competitor.
Louisville's women's track and field squad picked up several other wins in the event. Kelsey Cramsey took the 1500m run and the Cards got a 1-2 finish in the 3000m with Lydia Mato and Adair Gennocro leading the way. UofL's Halee Hudson and Emily Bryan were the top two javelin throwers and the 4x400 relay team of Sydney Hall, La'Bianca Frazier, Kayla Tyson and Bre'Yana Wash crossed the line first for the Cards.
THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR...fear not. The SoundCloud re-broadcast can be heard at the following link:
A fun broadcast where Jared Anderson and I discussed Louisville softball, lacrosse, hoops and track and field in the first half of the broadcast. You won't want to miss our Derby Preview in the second half of the broadcast with the excellent handicapping views of Tom, Scott, Dave and Charlie for the first Saturday in May race.
Good stuff and a incredible wealth of knowledge for you to contemplate as you prepare for for the 'fastest two minutes in sports'...which is only 13 days away.