PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hilary Bowen helped top-seeded Northwestern become the second team in NCAA history to win three consecutive Division I women's lacrosse national championships, scoring five goals in a 15-13 victory over second-seeded Virginia on Sunday night.
The Wildcats (21-1), perfect since a 9-8 loss in double-overtime in the season opener at North Carolina, joined Maryland as the only schools to win at least three straight titles. Maryland won seven championships in a row from 1995-01.
Katrina Dowd scored three goals, and Meredith Frank and Aly Josephs added two goals each for Northwestern, which improved to 62-2 over the last three seasons.
Unlike their easy 12-2 semifinal win over Pennsylvania, the Wildcats had to hold off the surging Cavaliers (19-4).
Northwestern built an 11-5 lead in the first half and saw it dwindle from there.