Women’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 20 Louisville, 13-9

Women’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 20 Louisville, 13-9

MARY LAKE, Fla. – The Brown women's lacrosse team dropped its first game of the season to No. 20 Louisville, 13-9, on Saturday at Lake Mary High School. Louisville held a slight lead at halftime, 5-4, and pulled away in the second, outscoring the Bears 8-5 in the stanza. Sophomore Carolyn Paletta (Greenwich, Conn.) led Brown in scoring with a hat trick and an assist. With the loss, the Bears move to 2-1 on the year while the Cardinals improve to 5-1.

Brown opened the scoring in the game when freshman Julia Hondros (Villanova, Pa.) recorded a goal at 27:42. Louisville soon tied it up at 27:16 with a score from McKayla Conti.

The Bears regained a lead (2-1) when senior Kerianne Hunt (Alamo, Calif.) tallied a free position goal at 25:48. The Cardinals responded by taking a 4-2 lead with three-straight free position scores, including two from Hannah Koloski.

Junior Bri Irons (Wallingford, Pa.) stopped the 3-0 run by Louisville with a goal at 14:39. Conti added her second tally of the day for the Cardinals to give the visitors a 5-3 lead at 4:21.

Sophomore Hafsa Moinuddin (Cheshire, Conn.) pulled the Bears within one (5-4) with just one tick remaining on the clock for the opening half.

The Cardinals ended the first frame with a 19-11 advantage in shots and a 7-2 lead in draw controls. Junior Mikaela Karlsson (Framingham, Mass.) stopped six shots in the Bears' net while Brittany Read made five saves on the other side. The Cardinals were 4-for-6 on free position shots while Brown was 1-for-2.

Louisville opened the second half scoring with a goal at 25:22 to increase its lead to two (6-4). Freshman KC Williams (Duxbury, Mass.) put the Bears back on the board and within one (6-5) with a free position score at 19:52.

The Cardinals pulled away with four unanswered goals, the first two from Koloski (17:06, 16:12) and the second two from Meghan Siverson. Both of Siverson's goals came on free position shots (12:32, 11:10). Paletta then cut Brown's deficit to three (10-7) with goals at 9:05 and 7:57.

Koloski added her fifth goal at 6:25 on a free position shot for the Cardinals while Moinuddin responded just 10 seconds later with a goal for Brown to bring the score to 11-8. Siverson next added her third goal (free position) at 4:30. Paletta tallied Brown's last goal of the contest at 3:58 and Louisville ended the game's scoring at 00:35.

Karlsson added five saves in the second to finish the contest with 11. Read also ended the game with 11 saves, stopping six shots in the second.

Brown held the second half shot lead at 17-15 while Louisville held an edge in draw controls, 7-6. The Cardinals were a perfect 4-for-4 in the second on free position shots while Brown was 1-for-5.

For Louisville, Koloski concluded the contest with six goals while Siverson contributed four.

On the Bears' end, Paletta recorded three goals and an assist while Moinuddin registered two goals. Hunt was the third player to reach multiple points for Brown, putting up a goal and an assist.

Brown will next open Ivy League play at Princeton on Saturday, March 4 in a 12:00 p.m. contest.