Oct. 14, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex)
Score: #9 Northwestern 6, Central Michigan 0
Records: NU (14-2, 3-1 Big Ten), Central Michigan (6-8, 2-1 MAC)
Next NU Event: Friday, Oct. 19 -- vs. Michigan State (Evanston, Ill.), 3 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Ninth-ranked Northwestern endured a two-hour weather delay in the second half as the Wildcats posted a 6-0 home victory over Central Michigan Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea Armstrong and Caroline Troncelliti scored two goals apiece for NU which won for the sixth straight time and the 13th time in its last 14 matches.
With Northwestern holding a 3-0 lead with 12:55 remaining in the second period, lightning in the area followed by a tornado warning forced the match to be delayed for two hours.
Once the contest eventually resumed amid a heavy rain, Troncelliti scored twice in the first two minutes after action resumed to put the contest out of reach. She tallied her first goal just over a minute following the resumption of play off an assist from Tara Puffenberger, before putting another on the board 50 seconds later to make it a 5-0 game. Kaylee Pohlmeyer assisted on the play.
The Wildcats got one final goal with 22 seconds remaining when Mary Susan Bro notched her first collegiate goal as she took a feed from Shannon Disbrow to account for the final margin.
NU used their penalty corners to their advantage in the opening half as Armstrong, the Big Ten's leading scorer, scored twice, first at 15:29 and then again at 19:41, to give the hosts a two-goal advantage.
Meanwhile, Central Michigan managed to earn six penalty corners of its own over the opening 35 minutes of play, but the Wildcats were able to turn the Chippewas away each time.
Northwestern got one final first half goal at 31:18 when Catherine Franklin knocked a shot past Anastasia Netto for her first goal of the year.
The lead remained three until severe weather struck the area with just under 13 minutes remaining. The two-hour delay did little to quiet the Wildcats as they stormed out of the gates to put the game away and earn their third straight shutout.
NU finished an advantage of 22-8 in shots while each squad had nine penalty corners. Maddy Carpenter made three saves to earn the victory in goal.
The Wildcats return to action at 3 p.m. Friday when they take on Michigan State.
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