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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Sunday Cardinal Couple

Team Sports Tumble

It's been a bit of a rough weekend for the spring team sports that we follow closely here on Cardinal Couple.


The Cards have been in Blacksburg, VA all weekend in a three game series with Virginia Tech.  After the heartbreaker Friday evening, offense was hard to find in Saturday's game, in either dugout.  Virginia Tech managed to get a two run single in the third inning after a pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded up the bases.  They also got a single and a walk with two outs in the fourth before a double down the left field line would score a third.  That would be the final score, 3-0.
Carmyn Greenwood, Vanessa Miller, and Korbe
Otis call an outfielder strategy session.
(Ryan Greenwood with the away game pic assist)

A whopping seven hits combined in the game, about evenly split with Kendall Smith, and Jenna Servi getting hits, and Korbe Otis getting a double, with Virginia Tech collecting the other for hits.  Servi's hit did set up Louisville's best chance at scoring, advancing Ally Alexander after she drew a walk, but three straight pop ups got VT out of the slight jam.

The Cardinals will be looking at their final chance of an upset of the number three team in the country with an ACC Network televised affair starting at noon.


Lacrosse played Notre Dame in Cardinal Stadium for senior day on ACC Network.  As is the case with so many competitions between Notre Dame and UofL, it looked like this one might go to overtime, but the Irish pulled out the win in the end, 15-14.

Hannah Morris celebrating one of her
trio of goals.
Nicole Perroni got a quick start, scoring 27 seconds into the affair, but Notre Dame would settle in and get a pair to lead relatively late in the first quarter.  Hannah Morris would get the equalizer with about five minutes left in the quarter, and then Perroni would put the Cards back on top with about two and a half left.

Then...well...let's put the recorded timings up.  With 57 seconds left, Paige Richbourg gets on the board; 27 seconds later with 30 seconds on the clock Caroline Blalock gets started; and she would find the net again with five second left on the clock.

Three scores in under a minute?  Yes, please.  If you extend that into the second quarter, Hannah Morris buries one in the net just 59 seconds in, so four scores in under two minutes, and six in under six minutes.

Which goal of Caroline Blalock's five is this?
So that was a fun stretch.

Notre Dame did end the Cardinal's run just over 30 seconds later, but the pace of scoring did return to a more normal level after that.  Richbourg scored another, Kylea Dobson got her first, and Perroni completed her hat trick in the first half.

Notre Dame would have a couple of smaller runs, including a three goal run the extended across half with a pair in the final three and a half minutes and the third in the opening minute of the third quarter.  The other run was a four goal stretch in roughly the latter half of the third quarter.

The Cards and Irish traded two goals apiece in the fourth with Notre Dame climbing back on top with just over two and a half minutes left to end it.

Sara Addeche and J Pleck
In addition to Perroni's aforementioned trio, Caroline Blalock scored five, and Hannah Morris also ended up with a hat trick with a third quarter goal.

The goalkeepers on both ends of the pitch did great work in this one.  Bridget Deehan was an absolute wall for Notre Dame, stopping 16, with J Pleck collecting 10 for the Cards.

Next up for Louisville Lacrosse is the ACC tournament.  The Cards will play in the first game with Pitt as the nine seed.  Pitt and UofL are tied in conference record at 1-7, but Pitt does get the higher seed officially as their win was against UofL, giving them the tie breaker.  As essentially a play-in game, the seeding doesn't really make any difference.  The game will be Wed, the 27th at 2pm.  The winner will play top seed North Carolina on Friday at noon.  All of the tournament games will be televised on the ACC Network.

Thunder Over Louisville

Thanks to Ryan Greenwood for sending some pictures of UofL from Softball in Blacksburg.

As usual, though, our own Jared was out and about getting some great shots, including some planes of Thunder Over Louisville which we wanted to share.

Fifi, one of two still flying World War II era
B-29 Superfortresses
Fifi, on approach to land back at the airport.
Vietnam era F-100 Super Sabre.
World War II era B-24 Liberator

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

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  1. Pretty sad that one of Louisville's sports has to play in a play in game to be in an ACC Tournament. Time for a change in LAX coaching?

    Nick O

    1. I think that Teeter WILL get the program to the top level of ACC lacrosse. He basically had to rebuild the program after the Yong debacle and if it takes a few more years, then it takes a few more years.

      I do think they need to play on their own field instead of on the football field



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