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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Saturday Cardinal Couple -- Lacrosse, Softball advance in Tournaments



- Boltja gets game winner in double O.T. for Lax

- LeCoq, Keller lead Softball past Bulls 8-0

- Women's golf slips to 17th. after Day 2

It was a thriller in Evanston last night and Nikki Boltja came through in the clutch.

The senior scored on a free position shot with 4:37 left in the sudden-death second overtime to give the LAX Cards a 11-10 win over Ohio State in NCAA first round action. After Kaylin Morissette won the draw control to start the sudden death period, the Cards moved into OSU territory and Boltja was fouled...setting up the game winner.

It looked like Louisville had it won in the first (not sudden-death) extra session. With 1:13 remaining, Cortnee Daley was fouled and made her free position shot to give Louisville a 10-9 lead. Louisville controlled the draw, but a turnover with 36 seconds left got the ball back in OSU's possession and the Buckeyes came down field to score with 8 seconds remaining to force the second overtime.

Boltja had four goals for the Cards in the win. Faye Brust and Cortnee Daley added two each for UofL.

The Cards scored early in the contest...winning the opening draw and Boltja dashing to the goal to put one past OSU's goalie Tori DeScenza less than a minute into the contest. 

The Cards will face Northwestern Sunday at 2 p.m. in round 2 action.

# Prd Time Team Type Assists H-V
1. 1st 29:13 LOU Boltja, Nikki (68) Unassisted 0-1
2. 27:35 OSU Dabrowski, Cian Unassisted 1-1
3. 24:32 LOU Patterson, Laura (7) Boltja, Nikki (25) 1-2
4. 18:53 OSU Chase, Katie Free position shot 2-2
5. 17:17 OSU Dabrowski, Cian Unassisted 3-2
6. 11:40 LOU O'Malley, Colleen (12) Boltja, Nikki (26) 3-3
7. 11:11 LOU Brust, Faye (68) Unassisted 3-4
8. 10:50 OSU Fee, Morgan (2) Unassisted 4-4
9. 9:54 OSU Ayers, Kelsea Dabrowski, Cian 5-4
10. 9:09 OSU Facchina, Mary Kate Free position shot 6-4
11. 8:27 LOU Corbett, Carissa (7) Boltja, Nikki (27) 6-5
12. 2nd 21:01 OSU Ayers, Kelsea Unassisted 7-5
13. 17:59 LOU Daley, Cortnee (38) Free position shot 7-6
14. 17:23 LOU Brust, Faye (69) Unassisted 7-7
15. 15:10 OSU Porretto, Jennifer Free position shot 8-7
16. 14:51 LOU Boltja, Nikki (69) Unassisted 8-8
17. 13:10 OSU Porretto, Jennifer Unassisted 9-8
18. 5:54 LOU Boltja, Nikki (70) Free position shot 9-9
19. OT 1:13 LOU Daley, Cortnee (39) Free position shot 9-10
20. 0:08 OSU Chase, Katie Unassisted 10-10
21. OT2 4:37 LOU Boltja, Nikki (71) Free position shot 10-11

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Cardinal Softball slammed their way past USF in the semifinals of the AAC Tournament in six innings 8-0.

A grand slam home run by Katie Keller was the big blow that sent USF starter Sara Nevins to the bench and gave Louisville a 5-0 lead in the second inning.

The Cards added a run in the fourth when Brittany Duncan singled in Kelsi Jones. Duncan accounted for the final two RBI's in the sixth when she sent a towering shot over both centerfield fences with Katie Keller on to push the margin to eight.

Rachel LeCoq, despite a rocky start, pitched her way out of a first-inning, two on and one out jam and ended up going the distance....allowing just five hits in six innings.

They got the game in just in time. Rains hit Houston and forced the postponement of the UCF-Rutgers game until 4 p.m. today. The title match goes Sunday at noon.

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Cardinal women's golf fired a 301 in the second day of the NCAA East Regionals but slipped to 17th place in Tallahassee.

Leading the way yesterday for the Chip and Putt Cards was Laura Restrepo with a 74. Tara Lyons carded a 75, Katie Petrino checked in at 76 along with Emily Haas. Shannon Gramley finished the 18 with a 83.

The Cards have a 596 total for two days...30 strokes back of leader Vanderbilt.



  1. We spoke about the Big 10 Network possibly picking up the Lacrosse game between Northwestern and UofL tomorrow. There was some doubt as we thought they might have considered it thinking that it would likely be Ohio State vs Northwestern and we weren't sure they would still pick it up with UofL having eliminated Ohio State.

    Apparently they are indeed going to carry it. It will be available (free, I believe) at and then well be on the main TV station at some later point.

    I do have to say, this is pretty good of The Big Ten Network to do as Lacrosse isn't officially a Big Ten sport yet at all, they will officially sponsor Lacrosse starting next year.

    Northwestern (as well as Ohio State) is, of course, primarily a Big 10 school with Lacrosse playing in what they have called The American Lacrosse Conference.

  2. Looks like 2 pm for the on-line and 3 pm for the delayed on TV. Softball will be on the American Digital Network beginning at noon.



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