In one of the most successful seasons in program history the Louisville lacrosse team found themselves with a top-10 ranking, an NCAA appearance, and the best start in school history. The team finished 12-6 and 3-4 in the ACC. The Cards are listed ranked 8/9 depending on the poll with an RPI in the top-20.
In the first seven games of the season the offense was averaging over 11 goals per game, while allowing roughly five goals per game by opponents. This helped allow the Cards to race out to a 7-0 start, including upsets over Northwestern and Notre Dame in back-to-back games.
Late in the season UofL had a 12-1 record, the only loss being on the road at Duke. The Cards were ranked in the top-5 and were on a roll. They traveled down to North Carolina, where they took their second loss of the season. Things quickly went downhill from there.
Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Read went down with a season-ending injury. Without another goalkeeper on the roster the coaching staff rushed to find someone to finish out the season. Former UofL goakeeper Kelly Gielner was the answer to their prayers. Gielner once played for Louisville before transferring, but came back to finish out the year as a Cardinal.
Having not practiced or payed with team all year Gielner or even picking up a crosse (stick) in a while had qute a bit of ground to catch up on. The Cards then fell at home to Virginia on senior day 10-9 before losing at Syracuse to finish the season 13-10. In the ACC championships the Cards fell in the first round to Notre Dame 12-10. In the first round of the NCAA tournament Northwestern demolished UofL in a rematch game 15-5. The average goals for opponents quickly shot up, although the offense stayed pretty par until the final game of the year.
Louisville is losing five seniors: midfielder Kelli Gerding, midfielder Kaylin Morissette, defender Courtney Boyd, defender Blair Bernhardt, and midfielder Cortnee Daley.