No. 18/20 Louisville Visits Cincinnati

April 4, 2014

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The University of Cincinnati women's lacrosse team looks to snap a two-game skid on Sunday, April 6, when No. 18/20 Louisville visits. Opening draw is set for 2:00 p.m. at UC's Gettler Stadium. The game is designated as the team's BLACK OUT, with fans encouraged to wear black and special giveaways at the gate.

Separated by 101 miles of Interstate 71, Cincinnati and Louisville have met six times, with UofL taking all six contests. Louisville is one of two schools Cincinnati has played in every season of varsity lacrosse, along with Loyola (Md.).

The Cardinals have won all three meetings in the Queen City, most recently taking an 18-7 victory at Nippert Stadium. Last season, UofL won, 18-10, in Louisville. Meg Gulmi (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) made a career-high 16 saves in the victory. Courtney Curtis (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) and Megan Bell (Parkton, Md./Hereford) each had a hat trick in the effort for UC.

No. 18/20 Louisville enters the contest on a three-game winning streak, highlighted by victories at Vanderbilt at No. 14 Georgetown. The Cardinals are in the middle of a five-game road swing. Nikki Boltja leads both UofL and the BIG EAST Conference in scoring with 52 points (40 goals, 12 assists). The Cardinals boast two more of the league's top five scorers in Faye Brust (third with 37 points) and Kaylin Morissette (fifth with 32 points).

Morissette also leads the league in draw controls with 82 on the year. Cortnee Daley is third in the BIG EAST with a team-leading 14 caused turnovers. She also contributes a team-high 22 ground balls. Ashley Herbst has made all 10 starts in the cage, sporting a 10.00 goals against average and a .282 save percentage en route to a 7-3 record.

Meg Gulmi made 14 saves, but the University of Cincinnati lacrosse team couldn't generate enough offense and fell to Oregon, 10-5, on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Gettler Stadium. Gulmi (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) made 14 saves against the Ducks, after making 13 against Oregon a season ago, to keep the Bearcats in the game.

Cincinnati (6-5) got a hat trick from sophomore Courtney Curtis (Mason, Ohio/William Mason), while Ashley Helmrath (Ellicott City, Md./Maryvale Prep) and Taylor Young (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) each contributed a goal. Helmrath and freshman Dani Tunnell (Frederick, Md./Oakdale) each registered an assist.

Cincinnati knew it would have to try and slow a high-powered Oregon offense and did that early. It was nearly seven minutes in before the first goal of the contest came from Curtis. Oregon got the next two goals before Curtis tied things up with 12:45 left in the first half.

The Ducks then used a seven-goal outburst over the final 10:37 of the first half to build a 9-2 lead at the break. Oregon held a 21-10 advantage in shots at the half and a 7-3 edge in draw controls in the opening frame.

The UC defense really stepped things up in the second half, holding Oregon to just one goal. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Bearcats scored just three goals themselves, leading to a final margin of 10-5. For the game, Oregon out-shot UC, 38-17. The Ducks held a slight edge in ground balls, 29-28, and turnovers, with the Bearcats committing 19 to Oregon's 18.

The Bearcats swing through the City of Brotherly Love for BIG EAST showdowns at Villanova and Temple. UC visits the Wildcats on Friday, April 11 (4:00 p.m.), before visiting the Owls on Sunday, April 13 (Noon).