March 26, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team (3-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) welcomes the Louisville Cardinals (2-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) to Nippert Stadium for its BIG EAST Conference opener on Tuesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. Admission is free to all fans.
BEARCATS AGAINST THE CARDINALS
Louisville holds a 4-0 lead against the Bearcats, including a 2-0 mark at Nippert.
The Cardinals are on a three-game losing streak after being defeated by No. 8 Vanderbilt, Jacksonville and No. 7 Notre Dame. UofL is led by Nikki Boltja, who has recorded 32 goals this season, including a team-best four in its last outing at UND.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior midfielder Rachel Mercier scored a career-high four goals, but it wasn’t enough for the University of Cincinnati lacrosse team to overcome Iona’s (5-2) high-powered offense as it was defeated, 21-13, on Saturday, March 17 at Nippert Stadium. Senior midfielder Laura Simanski contributed on the offensive end with a team-best five goals.
IN THE RANKINGS
Cincinnati tops the BIG EAST in draw controls per game with 16.5, while freshman Megan Bell ties for second in the league and sixth in the nation in the same category (5.33). Junior Kylie Ramsland is averaging a league-best 1.17 free-position goals per game. Junior Katie Kiriazoglou is fourth in the conference and tied for 30th in the country in assists per game (1.83), while senior captain Laura Simanski’s 2.83 goals per game is also fourth in the BIG EAST.
LENDING A HELPING HAND DURING SPRING BREAK
The UC lacrosse team took an untraditional route of spending their spring break, as they dedicated more than 100 hours volunteering throughout the week. The Bearcats spent time at Our Daily Bread, an Over-the-Rhine ministry, where they handed out snacks and entertained children. They also sorted and packaged donated good at Matthew 25: Ministries and delivered blankets at St. Vincent de Paul. During the remainder of their free time, the UC lacrosse team baked cakes for Our Daily Bread, who provides the birthday treat to any guest that comes to ODB with an ID stating that their birthday is near.