Sep 2, 2013
#11 Northwestern 3, UMass Lowell 0
Cushing Field Lowell, Mass. Attendance: 309
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LOWELL, Mass. -- Sophomore Caroline Troncelliti recorded the second hat trick of her career as No. 11 Northwestern fought off a slow start to close out its season-opening road trip with a 3-0 victory at UMass Lowell Monday afternoon.
Troncelliti's other hat trick came in her third career game, a 4-1 victory at Stanford Aug. 29, 2012.
The contest was the first at NCAA Division I for the River Hawks after previously competing at Division II.
The combination of the Wildcats playing their third game in four days and UMass Lowell making its D-I debut led to the River Hawks displaying more energy over the opening half of play.
However, it was NU that was able to get on the scoreboard first as Kelly Stump fed a pass in front of the cage to Troncelliti who finished past Melanie Hopkins at the 8:50 mark to put the visitors in front.
Northwestern (2-1) had a couple other close calls in the half as a Dominique Masters shot off a corner went in just above the board, Isabel Flens had a reverse stick shot sail a little over the top of the cage and Lauren Bernardi barely missed the far post.
Massachusetts native Maddy Carpenter came up with a pair of saves in the final three minutes that allowed the Wildcats to maintain a 1-0 lead at the break. NU held slim advantages of 6-5 in shots and 4-3 in penalty corners over the opening 35 minutes of play.
Northwestern came out more aggressive to begin the second half and the pressure paid of with a pair of early corners. Though the 'Cats were unable to convert, the effort paid off 10 minutes into the stanza as Troncelliti put home her second goal of the contest with Flens assisting on the play.
NU put the game out of reach moments later as Troncelliti completed the hat trick. Nikki Parsley's shot off a penalty corner was saved by Hopkins, but Troncelliti was there to bang home the rebound with 18:57 remaining to make it 3-0.
The Wildcats finished with a 17-7 edge in shots and an 12-4 edge in penalty corners. Carpenter made five saves to earn the victory in goal.
Northwestern returns to action at noon Saturday, opening its home season against Boston University at Lakeside Field.
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