March 30, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Top-ranked Northwestern (6-1) defeated No. 8 Syracuse 10-7 Friday afternoon at the Thomas Athletic Complex in Evanston for its sixth-straight victory. With two goals and one assist, senior Kristen Kjellman set a Northwestern record with 290 career points, breaking the old mark of 289 set by Kate Oleykowski in 1987.
Senior Aly Josephs led the 'Cats with a hat-trick. Meredith Frank had two goals along with Kjellman while Hilary Bowen, Hannah Nielsen and Ali Jacobs each had one.
It was billed as a battle of the nation's top two scoring teams, with both squads averaging over 15 goals per game. Instead, both teams displayed tough, defensive pressure as NU--leading the nation in scoring defense coming in--held Syracuse to its lowest offensive output of the season.
Both teams struggled most notably in the early going as the score was tied at just 3-3 with five minutes left in the opening period.
Needing a spark, Northwestern turned to its All-American, Kjellman, who recorded two unassisted goals in the final two minutes--the second of which broke the points record--to grab a 5-3 lead at halftime.
In the second half it was Josephs' turn as she kept the momentum going with three-straight goals to open the half as the Wildcats built what was a comfortable 8-3 lead with 21:57 left.
But the Orange (6-4) didn't go away quietly as they scored three-straight goals of their own and quickly cut Northwestern's lead to 8-6 10 minutes later.
Desperately needing a goal to seize back momentum, Nielsen found a cutting Frank who netted her second goal of the game with 7:57 left. Bowen later found Nielsen at the 4:10 mark for her only goal to round out the scoring for Northwestern and put the game essentially out of reach.
(6-1) again played the entire game, making five saves. Amber Pardee-Hill took the loss for the Orange despite nine saves.
Northwestern will take on its second ranked opponent of the weekend when they take on No. 19 Connecticut at noon on Sunday.
Game Notes: Northwestern has now won six-straight games ... With three points, Kjellman set a Northwestern record with 290 career points, breaking the old mark of 289 set by Kate Oleykowski in 1987 ... Aly Josephs and Meredith Frank have each recorded at least one point in 29 and 28-straight games, respectively ... Northwestern held Syracuse, the nation's highest scoring team at 15.5 goals per game, to seven goals, its lowest output of the season ... NU has now won 22-straight home games dating to 2004.