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    Second-Ranked Wildcats Welcome No. 15 Penn For Home Opener Friday

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Hilary Bowen scored three goals and dished out three assists last week at Notre Dame.
    Sophomore Hilary Bowen scored three goals and dished out three assists last week at Notre Dame.

    March 7, 2007

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Second-ranked Northwestern plays its fourth ranked opponent in as many games this season when they welcome No. 15 Penn to Evanston at 3 p.m. on Friday. Due to field conditions at the Lakeside Field, the game will be played at Northwestern's field turf practice field, located off of Central Street beside Ryan Field.

    NU?is coming off two commanding wins over No. 19 Vanderbilt (20-2) and No. 7 Notre Dame (18-10) last Thursday. The 'Cats opened the season at then-No. 3 UNC with a 9-8 loss in double overtime. The two-time defending NCAA?Champions are playing 12 current ranked teams out of 16 games this regular season.

    Last Time Out
    Kristen Kjellman and Hannah Nielsen combined for 10 goals and sophomore Hilary Bowen added six points as the third-ranked Wildcats handed No. 7 Notre Dame, a 2006 NCAA finalist, its first loss of the season with an 18-10 victory in South Bend last Thursday. The Wildcats raced out to a 12-4 halftime lead and never looked back. Northwestern outshot Notre Dame 21-11 in the first half and 34-21 for the game. NU also came up with 12 of the 18 draw controls in the opening period. After Bowen extended NU's lead to 6-2, Notre Dame's Caitlin McKinney trimmed the lead back to three with 12 minutes remaining in the period. But Northwestern would end the half on a 6-1 run, with three goals coming off the stick of Kjellman for the 12-4 halftime advantage. In the second half, Northwestern extended its lead to nine points on three occasions, the first coming on an unassisted goal by Kjellman in which she caught her own rebound off a save and fired the ball right past Notre Dame keeper Erin Goodman. Notre Dame's Jillian Byers cut the lead back to eight points before Nielsen found Kjellman for her fifth goal of the game to make it 15-6 with 18 minutes left. Notre Dame put together a small run and made things a little more interesting with three-straight goals to make it 15-9 with 10 minutes left in the match. Not to be outdone, the Wildcats ran off three consecutive goals of their own--one more from Kjellman on a free-position shot and two from Bowen in the final minutes--to make it 18-9. Kjellman finished with eight total points on six goals and two assists, Nielsen added three assists for seven points while Bowen had an even three goals and three assists.

    Kjellman Garners Weekly ALC Honor
    Kristen Kjellman was named the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week by the conference office for the week of February 26. Kjellman recorded eight points on a season-high six goals and two assists as the Wildcats upped their record to 2-1 with an 18-10 win over No. 5 Notre Dame last Thursday in South Bend, Ind. Kjellman keyed a 6-1 scoring run late in the first half to help the Wildcats to a 12-4 halftime lead--scoring three goals in that span. She also added three draw controls and two ground balls. Through three games, Kjellman leads the team with 16 points on 11 goals and five assists.

    Scouting Penn
    Penn is 3-0 on the year and have outscored its three opponents--Drexel, Temple and Towson--by a combined score of 42-16. They are led on the attack by freshman Ali DeLuca who has 10 goals and three assists on the year. Rachel Manson is next with nine goals. On the defensive end, junior Sarah Waxman was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. She has made 23 saves on the year with a 4.87 GAA.

    The Series
    Northwestern leads the all-time series with Penn 2-1, winning the last two meetings by a combined score of 30-14. Kristen Kjellman has nine goals in two games with Penn.

    20-Point Plateau
    With 20 points in the win at Vanderbilt in February, it marked the eighth time since returning to varsity status in 2002 that the Wildcats have scored 20 or more points in a game under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller.

    Kjellman Nearing Point, Goal Record
    With eight points (6g, 2a) in the win over Notre Dame, Kjellman passed former Wildcat All-American and current assistant coach Lindsey Munday for second place on NU's all-time points list with 275. The all-time record is 289, held by Kate Oleykowski (1984-87). Kjellman also needs three more goals to tie and four to take over sole possession of second place on the all-time goals list. She enters Friday with 195, three behind Kathleen Kochmansky (198). The record is 228 held by Kate Oleykowski (1984-87).

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