No. 15 Louisville Takes Season Opener, 14-6
Feb. 6, 2016
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.
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.
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