Lacrosse Falters in Pittsburgh
First year squad Pitt has built a team with a significant amount of talent from the transfer portal, as you do when creating a new program. They put together enough talent to pick up their first win in ACC play against UofL, 17-10 on their home turf.
The first quarter was mostly point-counterpoint, with goals by Kylea Dobson, Hannah Morris, Allegra Catalano, and Paige Richbourg to end the quarter tied at four.
Pitt was able to pull a bit of a lead in the second quarter, starting it off with a trio of goals. Louisville was able to get two of them back with goals from Kokoro Nakazawa and Allegra Catalano. Pitt with snag one more to enter the locker room with a 8-6 lead.
The third quarter was a tough pill to swallow for UofL. The defense was able to slow Pitt slightly and hold them to just four goals in the quarter, but they offense wasn't able to generate anything.
The Pitt scoring continued in the fourth, stretching their lead to 13-6 before UofL was able to find some offense and narrow the lead to 13-10. Credit Hannah Morris with a pair to complete the hat trick, add an additional score by Kylea Dobson, and add in one from Nicole Perroni kept her scoring streak alive. Alas, Pitt would answer the four goal run to close out the game.
Lacrosse will head out on the road, and up north. The next game will be at Syracuse on Saturday the 16th. A step out of conference will be up after that with Niagara two days later, and return home for the season finale, and senior day, vs Notre Dame two weeks from now.
Softball Struggles against North Carolina
Another spring sport battling unseasonably winter-like weather was Softball hosting UNC at Ulmer Stadium. I suspect the softball squad would like to blame it on the rain, but whatever the cause, UNC gets the win 9-5 to even the series.
|Taja Felder started in the circle|
Defensively, things were looking better for the Cards, but the offense still wasn't in gear, until the seventh inning when UNC would get another four across, all but sealing the win for the Tarheels with the 9-2 lead. UofL did show some signs of life in the bottom half of the frame, but it wouldn't be enough.
|Sam Booe in relief|
|The black unis look sharp!|
There is also an additional game to be played mid-week with the Kentucky game having been rescheduled. That one will be contested starting at 6pm on Tuesday, and the softball schedule page does show ESPNU for the TV coverage.
|A (I believe) club player (in white) in awe of|
Anna DeBeer's windup
There was a standing room only crowd for this, which may initially be surprising for spring volleyball play, but there is a massive club volleyball tournament going on at the Fairgrounds this weekend and large hordes of club players came over to watch UofL in action. The report from Jared was that they had to turn way probably a couple hundred people at the doors. Quite a turnout for an exhibition match.
|Paige Morningstar making her case for the starting|
|Celebratory Claire Chaussee hops. (Yes, she will be back for her Covid year in the fall)|
|There's just really a lot going on in this picture.|
Take a moment to absorb it all.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour
A trio on the show, Case, Jared, and Paulie on the call today for the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast. They covered some lingering Basketball news in Ramani Parker deciding to enter the transfer portal, but their discussion then turned to spring sports to examine the current state and what is needed for each team to make their respective tournaments. Of course, there were diversions and tangents to enjoy as well.
You can find it at any of your favorite podcast directories including it's home at anchor.fm:
Update: Solè Williams Commits
Cincinnati guard Solè Williams has announced her commitment to the Cards for Women's Basketball.
The 5'8" guard out of Cincinnati scored an average of 23.2 points per game and was the player of the year in the Greater Miami Conference. The Princeton High School Vikings finished the year with a 23-4 record, losing to Mount Notre Dame in the Regional Semifinals. Williams also averaged 3.8 assists per game along with 3.6 steals per game. At 5'8", she'll be too tall to be considered an official Attack Yorkie, but otherwise it sounds like she fits the bill.
She was named to the All-Ohio first team this year, and still has a year to play and impress before she'll join the Cardinals.