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    Ninth-Ranked Wildcats Cruise Past Golden Flashes, 8-0

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    Tara Puffenberger posted her second hat trick of the season.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Tara Puffenberger posted her second hat trick of the season.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Oct. 7, 2012

    Box Score

    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Thomas Athletic Complex)
    Score: #9 Northwestern 8, Kent State 0
    Records: NU (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten), Kent State (5-10, 1-1 MAC)
    Next NU Event: Friday, Oct. 12 -- vs. Indiana (Thomas Athletic Complex), 3 p.m.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Tara Puffenberger recorded a hat trick in the first half and Lena Phillips added two goals in the second stanza as the ninth-ranked Northwestern field hockey team rolled to an 8-0 win over Kent State Sunday afternoon.

    Coming off a big 4-1 road win at No. 15 Michigan on Friday, the Wildcats got on the board first at the 6:32 mark as Puffenberger scored off a penalty corner. Lisa McCarthy and Julia Retzky assisted on the play.

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    The lead remained one until 11 minutes later when Chelsea Armstrong notched her 20th goal of the season off another penalty corner with McCarthy and Charlotte Martin contributing assists.

    Northwestern was able to open things up late in the half. With just under 10 minutes remaining, Puffenberger notched her second of the game as she fired a back-handed shot past Jahna Jordan to make it 3-0. The lead grew to four only 51 seconds later when Kelly Stump fed a pass across the cage to a wide-open Caroline Troncelliti who tapped it home.

    NU added one final tally in the opening period when Puffenberger walked in from the left side and fired a shot by Kimberly Henry, who had replaced Jordan, making it 5-0 Wildcats at the half.

    Phillips, who notched her first collegiate goal two days earlier, got into the act four minutes into the second stanza as she knocked home a pass from Maria Kovalchuk. The freshman would add her second score of the game at 46:23 when she scored Northwestern's third of the game off a penalty corner to increase the lead to 7-0. McCarthy was credited with her third assist of the day on the play, while Martin added her second.

    The Wildcats substituted liberally throughout the second half and Kelley Stump added one final goal with just 1:21 remaining when she scored off a rebound to account for the final margin.

    Maddy Carpenter and Amanda Wirth each played a half in goal with each player recording two saves. Northwestern finished with advantages of 19-6 in shots and 7-5 in penalty corners.

    The Wildcats return to action at 3 p.m. Friday when they host Indiana.

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