February 20, 2011

Foley Finds Stroke in Louisville Victory

from press release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team picked up where it left off from last season, with its high-powered offense, rolling past Binghamton, 18-4, on a chilly Sunday afternoon at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium in the Cardinals' season-opener.

"It's just great to get a win in the first game of the season," coach Kellie Young says. "One of the issues we've had as a program is being nervous and tentative in the first few minutes. We did that today, but overcame it five minutes into the game. We keep a running and attack mentality. It was a great."

The Cardinals (1-0) outscored the Bearcats, 11-4, in the first half and then had a 7-0 advantage in the second. Louisville registered 41 shots in the game - 25 in the first and 16 in the second - while holding Binghamton to just nine in the first period and 20 for the game.

The nation's leading goal in 2010, Bergan Foley, overcame a slow start early in the first period to finish with six for the game. After scoring her first goal of the game at the 16:15 mark, the senior tallied Nos. 2-4 in a span of 1:23. She tacked on her fifth goal late in the first and then added another in the second.

Sammy Allen and Emily Dashiell contributed in the attack, adding three goals apiece in the victory, with Allen also earning an assist.

Freshman Ashley Herbst put together a strong performance after earning the starting nod between the poles. She registered 12 saves in 60 minutes of action and consistently made impressive saves on point-blank opportunities for the Bearcats (0-1).

"There's not a lot else we can ask for," Young says regarding Herbst's performance. "The goals that went in during the first half were ones that our defense was letting in too close to her. I am so impressed, with her performance today - her attitude, her clearing and her saves - and she had just an all-around great performance."

Louisville jumped on the board early. Eight seconds into the game, the Cardinals' received their first score courtesy of Katie Oliverio. The goal was the quickest in a game in the program's four-year history. Oliverio, who led the nation in assists per game last season, finished the contest with two goals and four assists.

After a pair of Binghamton scores, Dashiell tacked on a pair of goals in a matter of 19 seconds - one of which was a free position goal - to put the Cardinals back on top, 4-2. From that point, Louisville never relinquished the lead.

Including Herbst, Louisville started four freshmen: Nikki Boltja, Monica Negron and Colleen O'Malley. Boltja, a highly touted offensive threat in high school, scored her first collegiate goal, with 12:13 remaining in the contest. Classmate Jamie Redding also recorded her first collegiate goal scoring, with under five minutes remaining.

Binghamton was led by Lis Zuern, who scored all four of the Bearcats' goals.

Louisville returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 26, at home against Old Dominion. First draw at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium is set for 1 p.m.

Notes:

Emily Dashiell's nine draw controls today set a school record in the category. She registered seven twice prior to this season.

Ashley Herbst's 12 saves were the most by a Louisville goalkeeper in their career-opener. The saves mark is tied for the sixth most in a single game.

Bergan Foley now has scored in 25-straight games. In that span, she has tallied 114 goals.

It is Katie Oliverio's third game with four assists. She has three games with five.


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