Louisville Lacrosse Takes Out Ohio State For First NCAA Tournament Win

Andy Lyons

The Louisville lacrosse team's historic 2014 season continued Friday night when the Cardinals took down No. 10 Ohio State 11-10 in double overtime in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

The win was U of L's 12th straight, and allowed the Cards to advance to Sunday's second round, where they'll face regional host and No. 5 overall seed Northwestern at 2 p.m.

Medina, OH native Nikki Boltja played hero for Louisville against OSU, netting the game-winner in the second extra frame. The goal was Boltja's 71st of the season, and added to her single-season school record total of 98 points.

"Even more so in that she's so good at eight meters - when she got stuffed earlier in the game, she was remembering that," head coach Kellie Young said of Boltja's goal. "She knew where not to put it. She's a phenomenal shooter.

For the game, Louisville outshot Ohio State 28-14, finished with a 21-10 advantage in ground balls, and forced the Buckeyes into 16 turnovers.

Congrats to the ladies on yet another major first for the program.

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