April 16, 2006
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - On a picture-perfect Easter Sunday in Happy Valley, four different Wildcats recorded a hat-trick or better as No. 2 Northwestern (11-1, 2-0) rebounded from its first loss in almost two years with a convincing 19-9 win over No. 18 Penn State (5-8, 1-1) today in front of a nationally-televised audience.
Lindsey Munday stole the show for the Wildcats, leading the way with a season-high five goals and two assists. Kristen Kjellman added four goals and two dishes while freshman Hilary Bowen and Meredith Frank each recorded three goals. Sarah Albrecht finished with a game-high four assists.
After trailing by as much as seven, Penn State cut Northwestern's lead to 13-9 with 12:14 left. But NU turned it up a notch offensively in the final 10 minutes to put the game away with six straight goals to close out the game.
The Wildcats won the battle of the ground balls 27-18 and 12-7 in the second half.
Freshman Morgan Lathrop improved her record to 10-1 in goal. She had nine saves on the day.
The 'Cats wasted little time in the beginning, scoring the game's first five goals, including two each from Kjellman and Bowen. Penn State finally cracked NU's defense at the 17:43 mark on Shari Maslin's unassisted goal.
It would remain a 5-1 game over the next three minutes until Munday took over, scoring two straight goals in the span of a minute to push the lead to six. On her first goal, Munday shook her defender with a nifty reverse spin move to free herself for the shot. PSU's Lindsay Dutch and Frank each tallied one more, making the score 8-2 at halftime.
NU opened its biggest lead of the game 1:13 into the second half when Christy Finch found a cutting Laura Glassanos to make it 9-2 'Cats.
But Penn State would rally-scoring three straight and outscoring Northwestern 7-4 over the next 15 minutes to cut the lead to four at 13-9. They came no closer as Munday and Kjellman slammed the door on the Nittany Lion comeback as the duo combined for four goals and three assists over the final 10 minutes.
Karen Long led PSU with three goals in the loss.
Northwestern finally returns home next Friday when they host No. 6 North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. (changed from the original 4 p.m. start time) Friday, April 21 at the Thomas Athletic Complex in Evanston.