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    Northwestern Quells Quakers, 7-2, for Fourth Straight Win

    April 6, 2014

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    Northwestern

    (8-3, 2-1 ALC)

    No. 6 Northwestern 7, No. 12 Penn 2
    Franklin Field • Philadelphia, Pa. • Attendance: 617

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    PHILADELPHIA -- With a month-long homestand looming, No. 6 Northwestern took care of business on the final leg of its weekend road swing by downing No. 12 Penn, 7-2, at Franklin Field Sunday afternoon. Senior Kat DeRonda followed her hat trick on Friday with a team-best four points on two goals and two assists on Sunday.

    Sophomore Kaleigh Craig chipped in two goals and one assist and increased her team-leading scoring totals to 22 goals and 26 points, while senior Alyssa Leonard snared eight draw controls to help Northwestern maintain a significant 9-2 edge in the draw circle for the day.

    Defensively, the two goals allowed by the Wildcats Sunday were the fewest by a Northwestern team since a 16-2 victory over Oregon on March 3, 2012. After scoring the opening goal of the game, Penn was kept off the scoreboard for a stretch of more than 34 minutes as NU pulled away at the other end.

    With Northwestern enduring a spat of early turnovers to begin the game, junior goalkeeper Bridget Bianco picked up her teammates with four saves on five shots in the opening 10 minutes. It proved to be the start of a stellar day for the Philly-area native, who finished with eight saves and improved her season save percentage to .497.

    At the 17:22 mark of the first half, Craig put an end to Northwestern's brief early scoring snap and evened the game at one apiece with a hard right-handed dodge and shot past Penn goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson.

    After a yellow card was issued to NU's Christy Turner midway through the half, Bianco would come up with another key save on a Penn 8-meter attempt, allowing the 'Cats to set up the attack while shorthanded. One second after Turner was officially released from the box, DeRonda fired home her 17th score of the season to give the Wildcats their first lead of the day.

    Ferguson made two of her nine saves on back-to-back Wildcats shots with 3:30 left in the first half, but Northwestern ended the opening period on a high note when Craig converted an 8-meter opportunity to send the Wildcats into the break with a 3-1 advantage.

    Leonard opened the second stanza by skying to claim the draw control, and just moments later DeRonda was able to come free across the fan and beat Ferguson for her second of the day and a 4-1 Northwestern lead. On NU's ensuing possession, DeRonda fired a shot off the goalkeeper Ferguson and then beat Ferguson to the ground ball, scooping it up and quickly feeding Leonard to finish on a wide-open cage.

    Penn ended its scoring drought at the 23:23 mark when Lely DiSimone managed to tuck a close-range shot past Bianco to cut the Quakers' deficit to three.

    At the 17:03 mark, the Quakers' Lydia Miller was issued a yellow card on defense, prompting Kelly Amonte Hiller to use a timeout to set up the extra-man attack. The move paid off, as Christy Turner found herself the recipient of a feed from Craig and scored her fifth of the year to give the Wildcats a 6-2 advantage.

    Bianco recorded another point-blank save of a Quaker wrapping the crease with 7:30 to play, and just over one minute later the Wildcats capped their scoring when DeRonda set up Kara Mupo on the crease for Mupo's 16th goal of the year.

    Sophomore Spring Sanders contributed two caused turnovers to the Wildcats winning cause.

    The just-completed road swing through Philadelphia brought to an end Northwestern's travels for the regular season, setting the Wildcats up for four straight home contests through the month of May. The stretch begins this week when NU returns to ALC play against Vanderbilt (Thursday, 4:30 p.m.) and Johns Hopkins (Sunday, Noon) at Lakeside Field.

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