(Cover photo: The Louisville Cardinals lacrosse team awaiting their NCAA selection during the watch party on May 8. Credit: Louisville Athletics)
Kim Pemberton, University of Louisville Athletics
The University of Louisville women’s lacrosse team is heading to its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament, earning one of 13 at-large bids.
The Cardinals will face Northwestern in a first-round game on May 13 in South Bend, Ind. The winner will face Notre Dame on May 15 on the Fighting Irish’s home field.
Louisville secured an at-large bid after finishing the season with an overall record of 12-5. The Cardinals earned their highest ranking of No. 5 and have remained in the top 10 all season long for the first time in school history.
The Cardinals are led by senior Kaylin Morissette, a Tewaaraton Award nominee, with 54 points. Junior Hannah Koloski leads the team with 41 goals while Kelli Gerding leads the team with 23 assists. Cortnee Daley ranks third on the team with 48 points.
The Wildcats enter the tournament with a 10-9 regular season record and runner-up finish in the Big Ten Tournament. The Cardinals and the Wildcats met earlier this season, defeating the Wildcats 10-4 for the first time in series history.
Louisville and Northwestern have met in each of the last two postseasons with the Wildcats eliminating the Cardinals in the second round of the 2014 tournament, 11-8, and in the first round last year, 10-7.
The Cardinals split both meetings with Notre Dame this season. Earlier in the year, Louisville defeated The Fighting Irish 10-9 in overtime at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium. Last week in the ACC Tournament, Notre Dame defeated the Cardinals 10-12.
Of the 26-team field in the NCAA Tournament, Louisville has faced eight teams, including Northwestern. The others were Canisius, Notre Dame, Duke, Boston College, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia. For the printable bracket, click here.