Women's lacrosse falls to Louisville thanks to second half surge by the Cardinals
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The JU women’s lacrosse team battled in the opening half but Louisville scored 13 goals after the break as the Dolphins lost, 17-7, to the Cardinals at West Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga. on Saturday afternoon.

Ellyn Spangenberg and Abigail Warnken each scored two goals for the Dolphins (4-4), which went into halftime down just 4-3. Yet Louisville responded by going 6-of-8 on free-position shots in the second half, out-scoring the Dolphins, 13-4, to improve to 4-0.

Bergan Foley scored a game-high five goals while Emily Dashiell and Lianne Bobal recorded four goals for Louisville’s first road win. JU dropped to 1-1 against Big East-member schools after defeating Cincinnati in the season opener.

Louisville scored the opening four goals in the second half to pull away. Foley netted three of her five total goals in the final 30 minutes and the Cardinals scored eight of the first 10 goals in the second half.

The two teams played in front of an announced crowd of 910 people in the first-ever women’s lacrosse Division I game played in the state of Georgia. The JU players and coaching staff also stayed on the field for an hour-long postgame free clinic for area youth players.

At the contest’s outset, JU bounced back from a 3-0 deficit. The Dolphins scored three of the final four goals in the first half, including Jen Cosgrove’s sixth of the season at 4:59 to make it 4-3.

Louisville scored four goals in the opening 4:56 of the second half to go up 8-3 and clinch the wire-to-wire victory. Warnken registered an unassisted goal and Spangenberg fired a hard shot past goalie Ashley Herbst to make it 9-5 at 17:57.

That would be the closest JU would get. Louisville capitalized on a physical second half, scoring its next three goals on free-position attempts to build a 12-5 edge with 9:55 remaining in the contest.

JU sophomore goalkeeper Karli Tobin finished with nine saves and did her best to keep the Dolphins in the game despite facing 29 shots with most coming from eight meters or closer. The Dolphins also forced seven Louisville failed clears.

The game marked a homecoming for freshman attacker Nikki Erdely, who received a loud ovation in the pregame warmups. Erdely started two years at West Forsyth under head coach Dan Kaplan and as a senior helped lead her team to a 20-1 record and an appearance in the state championship game. She collected four ground balls and fired three shots against Louisville on her old home field.

JU will next be in action against LIU on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.