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    Moment No. 4: Resilient 'Cats Reclaim ALC Championship

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    The 2012-13 academic year was a memorable one for Northwestern. Over the next few weeks, we will celebrate the conference championships, noteworthy wins and significant milestones the Wildcats accumulated during the past year. Be sure to follow along at NUSports.com as we re-isit the top 20 moments.

    Moment No. 4
    Date May 5, 2013
    Location Homewood Field | Baltimore, Md.
    Original Story Wildcats Stifle Gators to Reclaim ALC Championship
    Social Media @NULax   |  Northwestern Lacrosse
    Top 20 Countdown Northwestern's Top 20 Moments of 2012-13 Countdown

    So often in sports and in life, success is defined not by avoiding adversity but by how you respond to it. The 2013 Northwestern women's lacrosse team proved the accuracy of that sentiment in its response to a difficult 22-4 loss to American Lacrosse Conference rival Florida late in the 2013 season.

    Just two weeks after suffering that uncharacteristic defeat, five-time National Coach of the Year Kelly Amonte Hiller and the defending champion Wildcats managed to completely turn the tides on the Gators, stifling a high-powered Florida attack to post an 8-3 win in the ALC Tournament championship game May 5 in Baltimore. Putting to rest the memory of its regular-season loss, Northwestern perfectly executed its game-plan and received a dominant effort on the draw control by junior Alyssa Leonard en route to its sixth ALC Tournament title in the seven-year history of the event.

    ALC Championship Recap

    Florida scored only one goal in the final 51 minutes of game action, while UF's top two point-scorers on the season -- Kitty Cullen (61 points) and Shannon Gilroy (57) -- combined for only one assist in the game thanks largely to another stellar face-guarding effort by Kerri Harrington. The two had combined for 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in Northwestern's regular-season loss to the Gators.

    "We were fired up to play today but it was a different kind of hyped up, it was more of a laser focus before the game and you could see it in everybody's eyes when you looked around," said Leonard, who also in that game broke the Northwestern single-season record for draw controls. "What happened in the regular season was humbling, but today we were all ready to play and we weren't going to let what happened last time affect this game."

    The win also gave the Wildcats momentum and the No. 2 seed entering the NCAA Championship, where they would cruise through its first two opponents on their way to a ninth consecutive appearance in the national semifinals.

    The 2012-13 academic year was a memorable one for Northwestern. Over the next few weeks, we will celebrate the conference championships, noteworthy wins and significant milestones the Wildcats accumulated during the past year. Be sure to follow along at NUSports.com as we re-isit the top 20 moments.

    Moment No. 4
    Date May 5, 2013
    Location Homewood Field | Baltimore, Md.
    Original Story Wildcats Stifle Gators to Reclaim ALC Championship
    Social Media @NULax   |  Northwestern Lacrosse
    Top 20 Countdown Northwestern's Top 20 Moments of 2012-13 Countdown

    So often in sports and in life, success is defined not by avoiding adversity but by how you respond to it. The 2013 Northwestern women's lacrosse team proved the accuracy of that sentiment in its response to a difficult 22-4 loss to American Lacrosse Conference rival Florida late in the 2013 season.

    Just two weeks after suffering that uncharacteristic defeat, five-time National Coach of the Year Kelly Amonte Hiller and the defending champion Wildcats managed to completely turn the tides on the Gators, stifling a high-powered Florida attack to post an 8-3 win in the ALC Tournament championship game May 5 in Baltimore. Putting to rest the memory of its regular-season loss, Northwestern perfectly executed its game-plan and received a dominant effort on the draw control by junior Alyssa Leonard en route to its sixth ALC Tournament title in the seven-year history of the event.

    ALC Championship Recap

    Florida scored only goal in the final 51 minutes of game action, while UF's top two point-scorers this season Kitty Cullen (61 points) and Shannon Gilroy (57) combined for only one assist in the game thanks largely to another stellar face-guarding effort by Kerri Harrington. The two combined for 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in Northwestern's regular-season loss to the Gators.

    "We were fired up to play today but it was a different kind of hyped up, it was more of a laser focus before the game and you could see it in everybody's eyes when you looked around," said Leonard, who also in that game broke the Northwestern single-season record for draw controls. "What happened in the regular season was humbling, but today we were all ready to play and we weren't going to let what happened last time affect this game."

    The win also gave the Wildcats momentum and the No. 2 seed entering the NCAA Championship, where they would cruise through its first two opponents on their way to a ninth consecutive appearance in the national semifinals.

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