March 6, 2010
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Northwestern vs. Georgetown Box Score
2010 Northwestern Lacrosse Statistics
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Behind senior Katrina Dowd's (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) career-best eight points, top-ranked Northwestern kept fifth-ranked Georgetown at bay to take a 15-10 victory at Lakeside Field. The victory improves the Wildcats' home winning streak to 55 games as Northwestern improves to 4-0 on the season.
Dowd, the American Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Week, notched five goals for Northwestern, including four in the second half to put the game away. She also dished out three assists in addition to winning four draw controls, scooping up three ground balls and causing a pair of Hoya turnovers.
Northwestern took control early, notching the first three goals of the game, including a pair from senior Danielle Spencer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) just 17 seconds apart early in the second half and another from senior Kim Pantages (North Caldwell, N.J./West Essex), to build an early 3-0 lead.
But Georgetown (1-1), which battled the Wildcats all afternoon, responded with three goals of its own to tie the game at three with 14:31 remaining in the opening stanza. Northwestern answered with three goals of its own off the sticks of Dowd, sophomore Shannon Smith (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) and sophomore Lacey Vigmostad (Northport, N.Y./Northport) to push the lead back to three at 6-3 with just over three minutes remaining in the opening half. Georgetown's Molly Ford found the back of the net with 1:33 left, cutting NU's lead to two, 6-4, at the break.
With the game there for the taking, it was the Wildcats that took control, registering the first four goals of the second half and taking a commanding 10-4 lead. The resilient Hoyas kept fighting, however, tallying four of the next five to trim the deficit to three once again at 11-8, and then again at 12-9 with 10 minutes to play.
Then Dowd took control. She would score three times over the final 10 minutes to seal the game for the Wildcats and help Northwestern improve to 4-0 all-time against Georgetown.
Spencer, Smith and sophomore Jessica Russo (Port Jefferson, N.Y./St. Anthony's) each found the back of the net twice for the Wildcats as Smith also led NU with a career-best eight draw controls, including five in the second half to help turn momentum to Northwestern's favor. Spencer also added a pair of assists on the afternoon.
Junior Brooke Matthews (Baltimore, Md./Friends School) and freshman Ali Cassera (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) each added a goal for the 'Cats while Russo and freshman Erin Fitzgerald (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai) dished out assists for NU. Sophomore goalkeeper Brianne LoManto (Miller Place, N.Y./Rocky Point) tied her career-best by stopping nine Hoya shots.
A crowd of nearly 900 people was on hand on a beautiful early March afternoon on the lakefront to watch Northwestern extend its overall winning streak to 33 games. The Wildcats also improved to 43-8 under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller against opponents ranked in the top-10, including a 23-3 mark in Evanston. The game, which was streamed live online at BigTenNetwork.com, will be rebroadcast on the Big Ten Network Sunday, March 7, at 9 p.m. CT and again at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 8.
Northwestern remains at home for another week as the Wildcats prepare to welcome Duquesne to Lakeside Field on Friday, March 12. Opening draw against the Dukes is set for 3 p.m. CT.