Oct. 31, 2012
The Last Meeting
October 12, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Second-seeded Northwestern begins play at the 2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament at 1:30 p.m. Thursday as it returns to Iowa City to square off against seventh-seeded Indiana in an opening-round contest.
The winner of the contest faces either No. 3 Michigan or No. 6 Ohio State in a semifinal round contest at 4 p.m. Friday. Sunday's championship match is set for 1:30 p.m. Both the semifinals and championship match are being televised live by Big Ten Network.
NU (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten) came up just short of capturing the Big Ten regular-season title at Iowa on Sunday when it dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime. The Wildcats led 2-0 in the second half before the Hawkeyes tied the game and then won on an own goal in the extra session.
Northwestern posted a 4-0 win over Indiana in Evanston Oct. 12 in the regular-season meeting between the teams. The Wildcats scored twice in each half as Chelsea Armstrong had two goals and assisted on another. Kaylee Pohlmeyer and Maria Kovalchuk also tallied goals for NU. Maddy Carpenter needed to make just one save in goal to earn the shutout as Northwestern held a 14-5 advantage in shots.
Armstrong continues to lead the nation with 29 goals and 65 points. She was named Tuesday to the NFHCA Division I Senior Game which is being played Nov. 17 in Norfolk, Va.
Tara Puffenberger, who scored the first goal of Sunday's match at Iowa, ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 40 points and fifth with 15 goals.
Defensively, the Wildcats lead the Big Ten with seven shutouts and a 1.21 goals-against average in 2012. Carpenter's 1.14 goals-against average paces all league goalies.
Northwestern's 16 wins this season are its most since posting an 18-4-1 record in 1989. This year's senior class of Armstrong, Pohlmeyer, Shannon Disbrow, Colleen Petronchak and Amanda Wirth has posted 51 wins over the last four seasons, making them the winningest class at Northwestern in the last 20 years.
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