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    Freshmen Spark No. 9 NU to 4-1 Win at No. 15 Michigan

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    Lena Phillips notched her first collegiate goal in the victory.

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    Lena Phillips notched her first collegiate goal in the victory.
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    Oct. 5, 2012

    Box Score

    Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Ocker Field)
    Score: #9 Northwestern 4, #15 Michigan 1
    Records: NU (11-2, 2-1 Big Ten), Michigan (7-5, 0-2 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Sunday, Oct. 7 -- vs. Kent State (Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex), Noon

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Four different freshmen tallied goals as the ninth-ranked Northwestern field hockey team used a strong second-half effort to take down No. 15 Michigan 4-1 at Ocker Field Friday afternoon.

    Kelley Stump, Charlotte Martin, Lena Phillips and Lisa McCarthy all scored to lead NU to its sixth win over a ranked opponent this season while improving to a perfect 5-0 against ranked foes on the road.

    "We played a very solid game," Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs said. "It was a battle for 70 minutes and we played hard. It was great to see everyone contribute. Our freshmen did a great job to come up with our four goals."

    It took the Wildcats a while to get things going as the Wolverines struck first on a goal by Rachael Mack just over five minutes into play. Meanwhile, NU didn't manage a shot until over 18 minutes had passed in the contests.

    Northwestern pulled even at 25:04 when Stump tallied her first collegiate goal when she tipped home a feed from Tara Puffenberger to make it 1-1.

    Once the 'Cats got their first goal on the board, the offensive floodgates opened. NU managed four more shots on goal over the last 10 minutes of the half, but a save by defender Lauren Thomas and three more by goalkeeper Haley Jones kept it a 1-1 match at the intermission.

     

     

    Maddy Carpenter made four saves for the Wildcats over the opening 35 minutes of play, but just one of those shots came over the last 28 minutes of the half as Northwestern controlled possession.

    Chelsea Armstrong, the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, came into the contest tied for the nation's lead with 19 goals on the season, but Michigan was able to hold her in check on the afternoon. Armstrong peppered Michigan with nine shots in the contest, including eight on goal, but Jones was able to turn her away on every occasion.

    Jones wasn't as fortunate with the rest of the Northwestern roster, though. Five minutes into the second half, a flurry following a penalty corner allowed the 'Cats to take the lead. Jones initially made a save on a shot by Armstrong, then made another save on Martin before Martin knocked home her own rebound for her third goal of the season.

    The advantage grew to two goals four minutes later when Armstrong found Phillips at the right post and she tapped it home past Jones to give Northwestern a 3-1 lead at 43:49. Phillips joined Stump in notching her first collegiate goal in the contest.

    The Wildcats put the game out of reach at the 51:33 mark when McCarthy inserted a penalty corner and then found the ball come back to her off a feed from Armstrong to complete the scoring.

    After both teams managed six shots in the first half, NU held a decisive 13-5 edge after the break. Carpenter made five saves to earn the victory. Jones made 12 saves for Michigan to prevent the deficit from being any worse.

    The contest marked a homecoming for Wildcat redshirt sophomore Kelsey Thompson, freshman Kelsey Gradwohl and assistant coach Zoe Almquist, all of whom are Ann Arbor natives. It was also a return for Fuchs who was the associate head coach of the Wolverines for 12 seasons.

    Northwestern returns to action at noon Sunday as it hosts Kent State at the Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex.

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