LOUISVILLE WOMEN'S ATHLETICS LAST EVENT WAS MARCH 9th.
Welcome to week six of our nation's shutdown of college athletics. A sobering thought indeed.
On Monday, March 9th., Louisville Lacrosse took the field at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium to face Niagara. Eight different players scored for the LaxCards in a 17-7 win. Louisville jumped out to a 7-4 halftime lead, scoring four unanswered goals in less than three minutes and holding a first half 11-1 lead in draw controls.
Ally Hall started things off for UofL in the second half with a goal just 14 seconds into play. An opening 8-2 run in that final half, scoring six straight goals and Rachel Florek held the Purple Eagles scoreless for a 20-minute stretch. Hall and Hannah Morris had thrre goals each for the Cards, who improved to 5-4 on the season.
It was a contest I missed. I was returning from the ACC WBB Tournament in Greensboro, NC that Monday. I had stayed to watch the championship game on Sunday, despite the WBB Cards getting knocked out of the Tournament in the semifinals on Saturday by FSU 62-60.
Fortunately, our Jeff McAdams was able to cover the Lacrosse match for Cardinal Couple and also hold the post game presser with head coach Scott Teeter and student-athletes Paige Richbourg and Hannah Morris.
I left Greensboro midway through Monday morning and returned to the 'Ville" via I-40 and the West Virginia Turnpike to I-64. I tried to follow the Lacrosse action as best I could via my smart phone and Tweets. I remember stopping at "Tamarack" -- the cultural center on the West Virginia Turnpike for a "necessary" stop, to get some food and gasoline. It was strangely quiet that Monday.
I went through the cafeteria food line, discovering that my lunch had been prepared by culinary students and chatted a bit with the cashier. I chose meatloaf and two vegetable sides. I sat at a table in the dining room. No masks, gloves nor social distancing was being employed at that stage of the eventual shutdown. An elderly couple from Ashland, KY was seated near me and we struck up a conversation. They were returning home after visiting a daughter who lived in Raleigh, NC... who had just had a birthday. They weren't big sports fans but listened with interest as I retold the tale of the Tournament to them.
They hadn't heard of Cardinal guard Kasa Robinson, who is from Ashland. They spoke at length about how road travel wore them out. We chatted a bit about the $4 a pop the West Virginia Turnpike charges you (3) times while you are on it and about the outbreak of this "illness in China". Neither seemed to think it was much more than a type of "flu" and weren't worried about it.
They liked my black UofL windbreaker and confessed that they had a son who was a huge UK fan. I wonder how they are today. I hope they are Covid-19 free and getting help with things. I didn't "I.D" them, but I guess they were maybe mid-70's in age and he had a persistent cough.
I looked forward to returning home and pondered, as I drove and listened to NPR on the radio and one of my favorite CD...The Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East. (Yes, I still have a CD player in my car and CD's). i wondered how the WBB Cards would do in the NCAA draw and where they would end up being seeded. I thought about how softball would do in their next series at Ulmer against Boston College and if Teeter could keep the Lacrosse Cards on their win streak against a very good Delaware squad. Those events never took place, Lax travelling to their destinations, only to discover the game had been cancelled as they prepared for it. Boston College never taking the field against Holly's squad.
Six weeks in, readers.
Our social unrest is starting to rise. Just yesterday, I saw a gathering of about 10 cars, 20+ people at my local high school football field. They had slipped in through a loose gate and were actually playing football in pads while kids and mothers were playing on an adjacent playground.
My wife, Sonja, and I were working in the garden in front of the elementary school. Weeding and trimming. The softball coach from the high school had been on his riding lawn mower, cutting in and around the softball field. We know him, he drove over to us and wondered if he should call the police or the school's athletic director. A call to the athletic director resulted in him and a patrol car showing up and breaking up the gathering. I'm pretty sure other events like this are happening at other places, but, why chance it? This Covid-19 isn't playing around, y'all.
I know. It's tough. We are social beings, but, please....for my health and yours...listen to our elected officials. Stay at home, away from crowds and gatherings
EIGHT ACC PLAYERS SELECTED IN WNBA DRAFT.
Just how good was ACC women's basketball this season? Eight players were selected in the 36-player draft on Friday night. That's 22% of the total.
All eight seemed to be "locks" for the draft, in my opinion, as I watched ACC action. I was surprised that Bea Mompremier and Kiah Gillespie were the #20 and #32 picks, I figured they would go earlier.
In the first round:
Jocelyn Willoughby (VA) #10
Jazmine Jones (LOU) #12
In the second round:
Kylee Shook (LOU) #13
Leaonna Odom (DUKE) #15
Beatrice Mompremier (MIA) #20
In the third round:
Kobi Thornton (CLEM) #27
Haley Gorecki (DUKE) #31
Kiah Gillespie (FSU) #32
That's an impressive number, no doubt...but remember the 2019 WNBA Draft? 13 players of the 36 selected were ACC student-athletes. How many can you remember, right off the top of your head? Give it a whirl and see who you can recall before you check out the list below. I came up with 10...
2019 WNBA DRAFT
|1||1||Jackie Young||Las Vegas Aces||Notre Dame||Guard|
|1||2||Asia Durr||New York Liberty||Louisville||Guard|
|1||5||Arike Ogunbowale||Dallas Wings||Notre Dame||Guard|
|1||10||Kiara Leslie||Washington Mystics||NC State||Guard|
|1||11||Brianna Turner||Atlanta Dream||Notre Dame||Center|
|2||16||Jessica Shepard||Minnesota Lynx||Notre Dame||Forward|
|2||19||Marina Mabrey||Los Angeles Sparks||Notre Dame||Guard|
|3||25||Paris Kea||Indiana Fever||North Carolina||Guard|
|3||27||María Conde||Chicago Sky||Florida State||Forward|
|3||31||Ángela Salvadores||Los Angeles Sparks||Duke||Guard|
|3||32||Arica Carter||Phoenix Mercury||Louisville||Guard|
|3||33||Regan Magarity||Connecticut Sun||Virginia Tech||Forward|
|3||34||Sam Fuehring||Washington Mystics||Louisville||Forward|
Have a marvelous Monday and remember we're all in this and we're all in this together.