Sep 1, 2013
#11 Northwestern 4, #15 Northeastern 2
Solomon Field Dedham, Mass. Attendance: 554
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DEDHAM, Mass. -- A strong second-half effort led the 11th-ranked Northwestern field hockey team to a 4-2 win over No. 15 Northeastern on Sunday afternoon at Solomon Field.
Nikki Parsley, Dominique Masters, Caroline Troncelliti and Tara Puffenberger scored goals for the Wildcats.
Northwestern earned a pair of early penalty corners but couldn't convert before the Huskies got on the board first at the 5:12 mark as Leah Edmondson scored off an assist from Jessica Unger.
However, the Wildcats had the answer just over two minutes later as Parsley tallied her second of the season off a Kelsey Thompson assist to make it 1-1 at 7:27.
The squads continually exchanged scoring chances throughout the opening half of the first stanza as the contest featured great end-to-end action and a number of close calls. Maddy Carpenter came up with consecutive saves during one stretch and then made another diving stop with 2:20 left in the period to keep the contest tied at the half.
The evenly matched contest continued into the second half and a counter attack by the Wildcats resulted in a penalty corner. Northwestern finally converted on its first corner of the season as Masters fired a rocket past Becky Garner for her first collegiate goal, giving the 'Cats the lead. Lisa McCarthy and Charlotte Martin assisted on the play.
The Wildcats refused to relax with the lead and their continued pressure paid off with just under 13 minutes remaining as Parsley fed Troncelliti who scored a huge insurance goal off a reverse stick shot to make it 3-1 in the visitors' favor.
Northeastern got one back with 8:23 left as Emmy Zweserijn scored unassisted to get the hosts back within one.
However, the 'Cats had the response, notching another goal off a corner with 3:41 left as Puffenberger scored her first goal of the year off assists from McCarthy and Julia Retzky to help seal the deal.
Carpenter, a Massachusetts native, earned the victory in goal, recording four saves. The Wildcats finished with advantages of 14-9 in shots and 10-4 in penalty corners.
Northwestern concludes its season-opening East Coast road trip with a Labor Day contest at UMass Lowell. The contest is slated for a 1 p.m. Central time start.
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