March 9, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Second-ranked Northwestern outscored No. 15 Penn 7-1 in the second half en route to a 13-4 victory today in Evanston. Kristen Kjellman led Northwestern with six points, including three second-half goals, and Aly Josephs added four as NU improved its record to 3-1.
Morgan Lathrop made 10 saves for the Wildcats and allowed just four goals. She has given up an average of only 5.3 goals over the last three games while NU's attack has averaged 17 per game in that span. Penn came into today's game averaging 14 goals over its first three games but were held to single digits for the first time this season.
NU led 6-3 at the half and saw its lead dwindle to two points when Penn's Rachel Manson found Becca Edwards for a goal four minutes into the second half.
Unfortunately for the Quakers, that would be the last time they would find the back of the net.
The game stayed at 6-4 for the next five minutes until Meredith Frank found freshman Katrina Dowd for a goal that sparked a 7-0 run to end the game. Three of those goals came off the stick of Kjellman, two from Josephs and one from Casey Donohoe. Hannah Nielsen and Frank each had two assists in the final 30 minutes.
Nielsen and Frank each had one goal and two assists each on the day and Ali Jacobs also added a goal of her own to round out the scoring for Northwestern.
The Wildcats had the advantage most of the afternoon on the attack, outshooting Penn 31-19 and 18-8 in the first half.
Northwestern is back in action March 23 in Yorktown, N.Y., when they take on former Wildcat assistant coach Alexis Venechanos and Umass in the "Friends of Jaclyn" Brain Tumor Awareness College Lacrosse Cup. To purchase tickets log onto www.womenslax.com.
Game Notes: With four goals, Kjellman now has 15 on the season and 199 for her career, good for second place on NU's all-time list ... NU has now won 21-straight games at home dating to 2004 ... NU is 44-2 over the past two-plus seasons ... The win was the third-straight over Penn ... Kjellman has scored 13 career goals in three games with the Quakers.