Louisville-LacrosseKellie Young (center, with blonde ponytail) had some words of encouragement for members of her University of Louisville lacrosse team after their 11-8 loss to Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament at Evanston Sunday.Headshots - Coaches & Staff

Northwestern has won seven of the last nine national championships in 10 straight trips to the NCAA. In other words, the UofL lacrosse team was competing against a dynasty. 

The year’s trip was the first for the Cardinals but certainly not the last — as Northwestern can attest. Kelli Young’s program has come a long way in six seasons.

With its impressive play in the NCAA Tournament, the UofL lacrosse team wedged itself into the collective heart of many Louisville fans. 


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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.