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Louisville Lacrosse Takes Out Ohio State For First NCAA Tournament Win

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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.