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Friday, April 27, 2018

Lax Falls to Boston College -- NFL Draft -- Softball Senior Weekend -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Lax Falls to Boston College

The Louisville lacrosse team bowed out of the ACC Tournament in the first round to one-seed Boston College.  The Eagles handled the Cards with ease, winning 19-6.  Boston College improves to 18-0 and are one of two undefeated teams remaining alongside Stonybrook (15-0).

UofL found themselves down 8-1 just 10 minutes into the game with their lone goal sandwiched by a pair of 4-0 Boston College runs.  The Eagles came out playing a fast-paced offense with hopes of jumping out to an early lead after Louisville lead the regular season game 5-3 at the half.

Tessa Chad (junior), Emily Howell (senior), Jillian Balog (senior), Ally Hall (freshman), and Madison Hoover (senior) all scored in the first half, but Louisville trailed 14-5 when they walked off the field at halftime.  Boston College added a trio of goals in the second period before Shayla Scanlan (freshman) temporarily halted the bleeding and ultimately ended up being the final goal of the game for the Red and Black.  Boston College would go on to score two more times before the final buzzer.

The eight-seeded Cardinals drop to 6-11 while riding an eight-game losing streak.  With their record and RPI the season appears to be over.  An NCAA berth is still possible, but is a long shot after Louisville failed to earn a win in the back half of the season.

Season one of the Scott Teeter era is over and they won six more games than some people expected.  In their final home game of the season a parent told me that he was okay with his daughter losing while under Coach Teeter because the atmosphere he is creating is positive, warm, and hopeful.

Expect great things to come in upcoming seasons.

Jaire Alexander and Lamar Jackson Get Drafted in the First Round

Juniors Jaire Alexander and Lamar Jackson chose to forgo their senior years to enter the NFL draft.  Both players have had excellent careers, each winning awards on their respective side of the ball.

With the 18th pick of the NFL draft the Green Bay Packers selected cornerback Jaire Alexander.  Alexander should be a starter for a Packers team that has not had a good defense since I've been alive.  Like the days of having Mr. Heisman leading the offense Alexander will have the luxury of having a talented quarterback leading the way with a healthy Aaron Rodgers back in the lineup.  He is tied as the seventh-highest Louisville player ever taken in the NFL draft.

With the 32nd pick of the NFL draft the Baltimore Ravens selected Lamar Jackson.  The Ravens traded the Eagles at the last second on a night where Cards fans began to panic for the famous quarterback, providing a feeling of relief around the city.  After breaking enough school records to keep you counting for days the 2016 Heisman winner is probably the best player in Louisville football history.  Media outlets often suggested that Jackson should transition into a wide receiver, which he rejected every time.  With a bit of a weight gain the NFL could see the next Michael Vick.

Congratulations to Jaire Alexander and Lamar Jackson!

Softball Gears Up For Senior Weekend

Hoping to go out with a bang the Louisville softball team hosts Boston College.  The Cards are 28-17 and sit at 7-10 in the conference.  Louisville hopes to have a 30-win season for the 15th straight year.

Louisville will honor five seniors this weekend:

Nicole Pufahl- the "Poof" is in her fifth year with the softball program after red-shirting her true freshman year.  In her four years on the field she is the only player to not have changed her normal position (center field) during that time frame.  She has 103 career RBIs.

Alison Szydlowski- "Mike" or "Team Syd/Sid/Szyd" member spent her first half of her Louisville career behind the plate gunning down runners attempting to steal second.  She then transitioned to playing third base and eventually into some right field.

Ashley Nikolao- The only local on the team "Nik" joined the Cards from Meade County.  Nikolao has played more of a pinch hitter role, but did see time at third base.  She has four RBIs on 13 hits in her career.

Jamie Soles- The "New Pride of New Egypt, New Jersey" came in as a sophomore after spending one season at Hartford.  Like her older sister Kayla, Jamie is an infielder and played second base with a magnetic glove.  She has batted close to .300 in her Louisville career.

Jenna Jordan- "JJ" transferred in from Northern Colorado as a sophomore.  She has been the primary catcher the last two years, known to snag any pitch thrown her way.  In her three years she sits just shy of 50 RBIs.

The series will be played Friday at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:00 p.m., and Sunday at 12:00 p.m.  There will be an autograph session following Friday's game.  The senior recognition will be Saturday because of the Pink Out scheduled for Sunday.

Even though this is listed as senior weekend their final home game is actually against Marshall next Wednesday.

With post-season hopes at risk the Cards desperately need wins.  Only the top eight teams make it to the ACC Tournament and Louisville is ninth in the conference.  With their record and RPI the NCAA Tournament is not an option without a hot run to close out the year.

To the seniors, we will miss you, but we'll keep aiming.

What day is it? 

Today is an interesting day of holidays and observations including Prime Rib Day, Stop Food Waste
Day, Woody Woodpecker Day and Morse Code. Day.

To be fully in compliance, I suppose one should go out for a prime rib dinner, eat all of it, take a Woody Woodpecker stuffed toy and send your order to the waitress or waiter via Morse Code.

Just in case you wondered, "Prime Rib" in  Morse code is:

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Have a Fantastic Friday!!

- Jared -
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"Bakers trade recipes on a knead to know basis"  


  1. Lacrosse is a few years out from the NCAA Tournament reappearance I think but Scott is doing it the right way. They ran into a very good Boston College team yesterday and the skill sets and passing was obviously better and more accurate.

    I have to think that with the Blalocks returning, McNicholas, Hall, Ball, incoming Shay Clevenger and others -- that Teeter is on his way to building a strong future.

    It's going to take time...


  2. lamar will be a stud with ravens learn a couple of years under flacco and he takes over and leads them to a title

  3. Pearsall losing four starters and a pitching staff that beside Watson and Hensley showed little or nothing. It's going to be a rough time for Cards softball.


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