FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011
Women’s lacrosse heads to Georgia to face Louisville in neutral site game on Saturday
The JU women’s lacrosse team will be aiming for its second consecutive win when it faces Louisville in a neutral-site game in Cumming, Ga. on Saturday at 1 p.m.
JU (4-3) outlasted Temple, 13-12, in its previous game, battling through heavy rain and a nearly 80-minute lightning delay. The Dolphins will now face a Cardinals squad that enters 3-0 with wins over Binghamton, Old Dominion and Oregon to start the campaign.
Louisville will be playing its first road game of the year while JU already has earned a victory playing at a neutral site. The Dolphins defeated Fresno State, 19-6, in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 26.
Freshman Morgan Derner will look to continue her three-game scoring streak against the Cardinals. Derner has netted at least a hat trick in her previous three contests and has scored 11 total goals in that span. The attacker tallied a career-best five goals versus Temple and also scored three against Vanderbilt and four at Oregon for a team-leading 16 goals through her first seven collegiate games.
The Dolphins also received production from another talented freshman. Midfielder Kaitlin Stewart logged her third multi-goal game of the season, scoring twice to help defeat the Owls. Junior Kayleigh Hynes added two unassisted goals to balance JU’s offense.
That firepower could be the key to defeating the Cardinals. Louisville has out-scored its opponents, 45-24 and is averaging 15 goals per contest. Bergan Foley is averaging more than four goals, compiling a team-leading 13 goals through three games. Katie Oliverio has been Louisville’s best playmaker, scoring five goals and racking up 10 assists for a Cardinals-best 15 points.
The Dolphins have already defeated one Big East member this season in Cincinnati and will be looking to go 2-0 with another win this weekend. To combat Louisville’s attack, JU sophomore goalie Karli Tobin will need to sustain her stellar play.
Tobin became the first Dolphin player this season to win a conference award, earning a share of the National Lacrosse Conference’s “Player of the Week” for an 11-save performance versus No. 11 Vanderbilt last weekend. Tobin followed that effort with an even better outing in the Temple victory, making a season-high 12 total saves in slick conditions to secure the victory. Tobin has played all but 18:03 in the cage for JU this season and carries a .408 save percentage into Saturday.
The matchup also features a connection to JU graduate assistant coach Jennifer Heup, who was a two-year captain at Louisville. As a goalie, Heup led the Cardinals to its first ever Big East tournament appearance after leading the league in save percentage and saves made as a senior.