No. 15 Louisville Takes Season Opener, 14-6

Julianna Shearer scored a goal and added five shots in the loss.

Feb. 6, 2016

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team scored first in each half, but host No. 15/16 Louisville controlled play throughout en route to a 14-6 season-opening win inside the UofL Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday.

Marquette (0-1) opened the season with a nationally-ranked opponent for the second year-in-a-row, but Louisville (1-0) proved too much to overcome as it had three players record hat tricks, while dominating the draw control, 17-5, in the win. The Cardinals scored six straight goals over a critical span of nearly 16 minutes late in the second half that turned the tied after the Golden Eagles had cut the deficit to 8-4 with plenty of time left.

"The momentum was in their favor and we let them keep it," head coach Meredith Black said of Louisville's six-goal run. "We got flustered, lost our confidence and we thought the only way to swing the momentum back in our favor was to do something grand instead of chipping away and taking care of possession. We need to be able to keep a level head in those situations and just play our game."

Cardinals' sophomore goalie Brittany Read wreaked havoc on Golden Eagle scoring chances all day, making 12 saves in the winning effort. MU held a 14-11 halftime lead in shots, including 10-8 in shots on goal, but UL would ramp up the attack in the second half to finish the game with a 35-27 edge in shots (22-18 SOG).

Louisville was led by Cortnee Daley, Julia Wood and Jillian Balog, who registered a hat trick apiece in the win. A 2015 All-American, Kaylin Morissette, who ranked second in the country with 10.5 draw controls per game a season ago, totaled 12 of the team's 17 DCs, which proved essential in the Cardinals' control of possession that led to numerous scoring chances. She also finished with a goal and two assists.

Hayley Baas got the Golden Eagles going early on, scoring the first goal of the game just 2:49 in. She finished the day with two goals, scoring again with just under a minute remaining in regulation. Julianna Shearer and Allison Lane would also find the net, while freshmen Lindsey Willcocks and Grace Gabriel each netted their first career goals in the setback.

"We're hoping to take the momentum of the last 3 minutes of the game into next week and the rest of the season because we played great," Black said of the team's strong finish. "We had that `nothing to lose' mentality, the confidence and belief that we could do it, but at that point it was just too late. So, we need to get that earlier, starting with Johns Hopkins next week.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action next week as they travel to No. 16 Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for an 11 a.m. Central time start on Feb. 13.




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