NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt lacrosse will host a third Top 25 team this season in No. 23 Louisville on Monday at 1 p.m.; the game will be on ESPN+.
Last weekend, the Dores fell 11-8 to Hofstra despite Kemper Robinson tallying a career-high four goals. It was her second career hat trick.
Hofstra jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before Robinson was able to connect on two goals for the Commodores in the second quarter. Robinson then opened the second half with a goal to bring Vandy within one, 4-3, but Hofstra scored five straight goals in the third frame to extend their lead to 9-3.
The Dores opened the fourth with back-to-back goals from Paige Finneran and Bri Gross to come back within three, but another pair of goals from Hofstra’s Mennella sealed the game, 11-8.
The Cardinal Report
Louisville opened conference play on Saturday visiting Virginia, falling 19-9 and marking their second loss of the season. Last week, the Cardinals dominated Lindenwood, tallying a 14-7 victory. Louisville jumped out to an earn 5-1 lead in the first and continued to outscore Lindenwood in every remaining quarter. UofL had two players score four goals each, Nicole Perroni and Kokoro Nakazawa. In the victory, UofL had six other players score goals.
The Dores trail the Cardinals in the overall series, 9-3. Vanderbilt’s last win over UofL came on the road during the 2019 season when the Commodores held off the Cardinals, 9-8, in an overtime thriller.
The game-winning goal came with just four seconds to spare in overtime by Emily Mathewson, who found the back of the cage twice in the competition. Vandy fell behind early, 3-1, midway through the first half but embarked on a 6-0 run to close the half in the final minutes to take the lead 7-3. Vanderbilt’s Gwyn Devin earned a hat trick in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Louisville responded with a 5-0 run to tie the game and force an overtime victory. It was the first such victory for Vanderbilt in Louisville and against the Cardinals since 2012.
The Dores then improved to 4-0 in the season, marking their best start since 2008.
- Gross needs just 13 draw controls to tie the Vanderbilt career record (263), which is held by Ally Carey (2009–12).
- Paige Gunning has 425 career saves, just 63 saves shy of tying the career record of 488 saves set by Ashley Bastinelli (2002–05).
In support of Morgan’s Message and mental health awareness, fans will have the opportunity to receive a green pin-on ribbon, bracelets with motivational sayings and mental health awareness buttons.
The Commodores hit the road for the first time this season, visiting No. 3 Northwestern on March 4 at Ryan Fieldhouse.