March 3, 2016
Kelli Gerding tallied a goal and four assists for the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon. (Michelle Hutchins)
Kelli Gerding tallied a goal and four assists for the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon. (Michelle Hutchins)

Women's Roundup: Louisville Beats Northwestern for First Time Ever

from LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports | Twitter | Box Score

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Has Louisville found the "championship mindset" coach Kellie Young is preaching?

The 11th-ranked Cardinals on Thursday afternoon downed No. 10 Northwestern 10-4 to improve to 6-0 on the season, trying their best start in school history.

The win also was the first ever for Louisville over the Northwestern women's program, one of the game's dominant powers over the last decade.

Goalie Brittany Read set a new career-high with 13 saves as Northwestern could not convert on many of its 24 shots. The Wildcats, who fall to 1-3, were 3 of 8 on free-position chances.

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Louisville got balanced scoring. Four players pitched in at least three points: Kaylin Morissette (two goals, two assists, along with five draw controls), Kelli Gerding (one goal, four assists), Cortnee Daley (three goals, one assist) and Julia Wood (three goals).

The Cardinals went on a four-goal run spanning 20 minutes late in the first half to take a 5-2 lead into the break. Wood scored the first two and Gerding assisted the final two. Northwestern never got closer than three as Louisville scored five of the game's final seven goals.

Mallory Weisse finished with 10 saves for Northwestern. Selena Lasota did not register a point and took four shots with five turnovers.

The Cardinals face fellow undefeated, No. 5 Notre Dame, on Saturday in Louisville.

Colorado Beats JMU in OT

Cali Castagnola's fourth goal was the overtime winner 1:25 into the extra pariod as Colorado beat visiting James Madison 15-14 to improve to 3-1.


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