STRONG SECOND HALF GETS LACROSSE PAST COMMODORES 15-6
Louisville Lacrosse outscored the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores 7-1 in the second half and gained their sixth victory of the season Tuesday afternoon at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium by a score of 15-6.
Another outstanding scoring performance from Hannah Morris with four goals. Four Cardinals recorded two goals each in the win (Kokoro Nakazawa, Kylea Dobson, Caroline Blalock and Allegra Catalano). Nicole Perroni also scored for Louisville to extend her scoring streak to 15 games.
Scott Teeter stayed with the "two goalies are better than one" philosophy and it paid dividends yesterday . Sara Addeche handled first half "keeper" duties and J. Pleck drew the second half start.
It was a game of runs. The Cards jumped out to a 4-0 lead to begin the contest and were ahead 7-2 early in the second quarter. Vandy put three of the final scores on the board to end the half, though, to create a 8-5 UofL lead at half time.
The "Dores" did not respond at all in the second half, a strong Cardinals defensive effort proved to be the story in the final 30 minutes and the Cards did a lot of substituting at the end and still got the nine-goal win.
So, at 6-7 and with four games to go, can Teeter's bunch get to the NCAA Tournament?
You'd have to think the Cards would need to win three of the four to get a record above .500 and keep their RPI in the thirties. 29 teams will play in the 2022 tournament , which will be played in Baltimore in late May . 29 is a ridiculous number. Why can't they just make it 32, or, if they insist on "play in games" 40 teams? I'm sure some NCAA Lacrosse bigwig has an answer that makes perfect sense to him or her, but would baffle and make no sense to the average Lacrosse fan . another swipe at women's sports, if you ask me.
Three of the final four are on the road, with stops at Pittsburgh, Niagara and Syracuse. Pitt, in their first season of Lacrosse at the D1 level and ACC, is 6-7 and 0-6 in the ACC and they'll be the Cards first stop of the road trip on Saturday. The Saturday after that the Cards go to Syracuse, who is 10-2 currently. Then, the trip to Niagara and finally back home for the season ender against Notre Dame.
Notre Dame also hosts the ACC WLAX Tournament this year.
My guess is that a win in the ACC Tournament will get Louisville in the NCAA Tournament, providing they don't fall apart the rest of the season and lose three or all four of their final games. I can see them downing Pitt and Niagara, at Syracuse will be rough and the Notre Dame game appears to be a evenly matched affair -- it'll be played under the lights at Cardinal Stadium.
SOFTBALL TO HOST UK
It's rivalry day tomorrow for Louisville Softball (providing Mother Nature cooperates) and the Cards face in-state rival Kentucky in Ulmer Stadium.
A 7 p.m. first pitch and, if you can't make it out to Ulmer, the game will be shown on ESPNU..
The Cards come into the game at 19-15 on the season and are led offensively by Carmyn Greenwood and Taylor Roby/ Greenwood is batting .419. She leads the ACC in hits with 49. Greenwood has 11 home runs and 39 RBI's
Roby has 12 home runs and 36 RBI's. She's also the main pitcher for UofL with 100 innings of work and 82 strikeouts.
UK is 25-8 on the season and currently ranked 8th in the nation and bat .342 as a team.
The Cats won last year's match up 6-5 last year in Lexington