Season 10 opens up for the Louisville lacrosse team on Saturday. Last season the Cards went 12-6 overall and 3-4 in ACC play while finishing in the Top-15 in the rankings. They hope to repeat or improve this upcoming season.
Vermont will visit on Saturday to open the season. Some games to highlight the year will include match-ups against top-ranked North Carolina, ranked teams Notre Dame, Duke, Syracuse, Boston College, Virginia, and Northwestern.
Louisville is not in NCAA.com's top-20, but would be in the top-25.
Last seasons' squad saw quite a few big-time play-makers graduate. Kaylin Morisette, Kelli Gerding, Courtney Boyd, and Cortnee Daley all saw a lot of playing time. Those will all be big shoes to fill.
A big returner is goalkeeper Brittany Read. The now-junior missed the final four games of the season last year with a major leg injury. Alongside Read, senior Hannah Koloski and sophomore Meghan Siverson will be some of the go-to players. Koloski was a starter last season and Siverson came off of the bench. Both players are big time scorers. Stephanie McNamara will be a senior this year and provides some much needed experience.
Sophomore midfielder Makayla Conti is expected to be a breakout star this year. Elise Koehl is another rising sophomore who should improve quite a bit and help fill some shoes.
Expect this team to make it into the rankings within a couple of weeks into the season and not leave it the entirety of the season. The 2017 team is all but guaranteed making the post-season tournament before having even played a game.
All games are free for fans and outside food and drinks are permitted. With some newly renovated bleachers and the luxury of watching a top program compete should send fans running to Belknap Campus to cheer on the Cards.