Louisville Upset by NDCL 10-9 in Opening Tournament Game – Boys Lacrosse
#8 NDCL 10, #7 Louisville 9
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The #7 Seed Louisville Leopards Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team was upset by the #8 seed Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lions 10-9 Tuesday Night at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the loss, Louisville finishes the 2021 season with a final record of 10-6.
Davide, Rebuck, & Shadle Lead Offense
Sophomore attackman Jacob Davide scored a pair of goals and recorded a pair of assists to lead the Leopards. Senior attackman Bryce Rebuck and Tyler Shadle also added pair of goals each for Louisville.
The Lions took an early 2-0 lead before goals by Davide and Rebuck knotted the game back up at 2-2 with 5:50 left in the first quarter. NDCL reclaimed the lead on junior attackman Robby Smith’s hat trick goal via a pass from senior midfielder Nathan Lah. Louisville answered back a little over a minute later when sophomore midfielder Joey Johnson found the back of the net to tie the game at 3-3.
Leopards Take Lead After Seesaw 2nd Quarter
The seesaw affair continued with a flurry of goals in the second quarter. Just like the previous period, the Lions jumped out to a two-goal lead with early second quarter goals by midfielder Francis Laneve and senior attackman Nick Johnson.
However, this time the Leopards responded with a trio goals in a span of just 42 seconds to take their first lead of the contest. Shadle scored off a pass from Johnson to the cut the deficit to one with 6:33 left in the second. Davide followed with his second unassisted goal of the game to tie the game at 5-5. Then Shadle scored again via an assist from Joe Reynolds to put Louisville in front 6-5.
The two teams exchanged goals two more times prior to halftime. Lah and Smith found the back of the net for NDCL. Junior midfielder Brandon Kimble scored unassisted and Rebuck scored via Davide’s second assist of the game to put the Leopards in front 8-7 heading into the break.
Smith Notches 5th Goal for Lions
After 15 goals in the first half, the scoring settled down significantly in the second half. Smith registered the lone score in the third quarter for the Lions with 3:29 left to knot the game at 8-8. The goal was his game best fifth of the contest.
NDCL Runs Out the Clock in 3rd
Disaster nearly struck NDCL when senior starting goalkeeper Nick Guarniere left the game with an injury with 2:03 remaining in the third. The injury caused significantly delay as defender William Fraser Jr. put on goalie pads and warmed up in the unfamiliar position.
The Lions assumed a man advantage and they successfully executed their keep away strategy for the remainder of the third quarter to keep the Leopards offense from having a potential easy scoring opportunity on the new vulnerable backup goalkeeper. The move bought Guarniere time on the bench to lick his wounds and return to the net for the fourth quarter for NDCL.
VanNostran Puts Louisville in Front
The two teams battled back and forth in the final period. The Leopards struck first when senior midfielder Matt VanNostran fielded a ground ball in the Lions backfield and broke free with an open lane to the net. He connected to give Louisville the lead back at 9-8 with 9:35 to play.
Lions Rally and Hold Off Leopards
NDCL once again had an answer for LHS. Johnson scored his second goal of the game via Laneve’s third assist of the game to retie the game at 9-9 with 7:06 remaining. Laneve later scored the go-ahead goal a few minutes later off a pass from Lah to give the Lions their first lead since the second quarter at 10-9 with 4:41 left to play.
The Leopards were unable to take advantage of several close scoring chances in the remaining minutes as Guarniere remained strong in the net for NDCL finishing with a game best 11 saves. Even undermanned, LHS earned one more opportunity to score in the waning seconds. But the final pass went awry as the horn sounded and the Lions celebrated in front of their net.
Wengerter Leads LHS Defense with 10 Saves
Despite the loss, junior goalkeeper Evan Wengerter led Louisville on defense with 10 saves. He turned away shot after shot in the third quarter in particular and into the fourth quarter before NDCL finally broke through.
Rebuck, Reynolds, and junior midfielder Brandon Ross all recorded a team-high 3 ground balls each for the Leopards.
Louisville Vs. NDCL Boys Lacrosse Series
Louisville is now 2-1 against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin all-time with all three matchups being played at Louisville Leopards Stadium. The series is now even at 1-1 in tournament play as the Leopards defeated the Lions 10-5 back in the opening round of the 2019 tournament.
Louisville and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin had not met in any sport outside of lacrosse in their known history prior to this school year. This year the two schools matched up in the postseason in football which the Lions won 14-7, boys basketball which the Leopards won 63-44, and now also boys lacrosse in which NDCL won by the slimmest of margins.
Leopards Now 6-6 All-Time in Postseason
The Leopards are now 6-6 all-time in the postseason since the inception of the program in 2015. Louisville is now 3-1 all-time in the tournament when playing at Louisville Leopards Stadium and 3-5 since entering Division II in 2016.
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NDCL at Louisville Scoring Summary
LIONS 10, LEOPARDS 9
NDCL – Robby Smith (Francis Laneve) | LHS 0, NDCL 1, 11:26
NDCL – Robby Smith (Nick Johnson) | LHS 0, NDCL 2, 9:05
LOUISVILLE – Jacob Davide | LHS 1, NDCL 2, 8:40
LOUISVILLE – Bryce Rebuck (Jacob Davide) | LHS 2, NDCL 2, 5:05
NDCL – Robby Smith (Nathan Lah) | LHS 2, NDCL 3, 4:28
LOUISVILLE – Joey Johnson | LHS 3, NDCL 3, 3:16
NDCL- Francis Laneve (Robby Smith) | LHS 3, NDCL 4, 11:20
NDCL – Nick Johnson (Francis Laneve) | LHS 3, NDCL 5, 9:13
LOUISVILLE – Tyler Shadle (Joey Johnson) | LHS 4, NDCL 5, 6:33
LOUISVILLE – Jacob Davide | LHS 5, NDCL 5, 6:11
LOUISVILLE – Tyler Shadle (Joe Reynolds) | LHS 6, NDCL 5, 5:51
NDCL – Nathan Lah (Nick Johnson) | LHS 6, NDCL 6, 4:11
LOUISVILLE – Brandon Kimble | LHS 7, NDCL 6, 2:40
NDCL – Robby Smith | LHS 7, NDCL 7, 1:40
LOUISVILLE – Bryce Rebuck (Jacob Davide) | LHS 8, NDCL 7, 1:13
NDCL – Robby Smith (Nick Johnson) | LHS 8, NDCL 8, 3:29
LOUISVILLE – Matt VanNostran | LHS 9, NDCL 8, 9:35
NDCL – Nick Johnson (Francis Laneve) | LHS 9, NDCL 9, 7:06
NDCL – Francis Laneve (Nathan Lah) | LHS 9, NDCL 10, 4:41
Records: Louisville 10-6