Gritty Hoya Effort and Rally Falls Just Short as No. 1 Northwestern Slips Past No. 8 Georgetown, 7-6
March 28, 2008
Evanston, Ill. - The top-ranked Northwestern women's lacrosse team out-shot the No. 8 Hoyas 22-13 and the Wildcats slipped past visiting Georgetown, 7-6 on a bitterly cold and windy night at Lakeside Field in a hard fought and physical contest. Georgetown fell to 7-2 while Northwestern stayed unbeaten at 9-0.
Hoya sophomore goalie Caitlin Formby finished with 10 saves, two shy of her career-high. Formby and the Hoya defense held the nation's highest scoring offense to just seven goals, 12 shy of their season average.
Junior Megan Bloomer matched a season-high with two goals while sophomore Molly Ford tallied two goals and an assist. Junior co-captain Bridget Noon notched three caused turnovers and two draw controls. Hoya leading scorer Ashby Kaestner recorded a goal, an assist, two draws and two caused turnovers.
"I think we executed our game plan pretty well," said GU head coach Ricky Fried. "We forced them into some mistakes but we made some ourselves. Northwestern made a few more plays near the end. We knew we had to have our defense step up and they played really well as a unit. There are a lot of positives we can take from today but we still need to make more plays at the end of the game."
Friday's game was the second annual "Friends of Jaclyn" Pediatric Brain Tumor Awareness Lax Challenge. All of the game's proceeds were donated to the foundation. The team's adoptees who were stricken with the ailment, 13-year old, Jaclyn Murphy (Northwestern) and 16-year old, Alli Mendofik (Georgetown) took part in the ceremonial first draw control.
Northwestern held a 7-4 lead with 8:46 left in regulation before the Hoyas closed to 7-6 with 3:56 remaining. NU won the draw following Georgetown's sixth goal and the `Cats were able to hold the possession despite tight GU defense until the final horn.
After the teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime at 3-3, Maggie Bremer immediately gave the Wildcats a 4-3 lead with a free position goal just 40 seconds into the start of the second half.
Casey Donohoe gave the `Cats a 5-3 advantage and Hannah Nielsen picked up an assist at 23:40 on a give-and-go.
Ford closed the Hoya deficit to 5-4 with Kaestner earning the assist off a bit of a broken play with 22:45 left in regulation.
Following a Georgetown turnover and after a good Wildcat clear, Danielle Spencer gave NU a two-goal bulge, 6-4 with a shot through a double-team at 19:03.
Meredith Frank scored at 8:46 and Nielsen handed out her third assist of the game as the `Cats upped their edge to 7-4.
More than four minutes were played before Bloomer recorded her second goal of the game after taking a pass from Ford at 3:56, as the Hoyas closed to 7-6 right after a successful Hoya clear by Trautman.
The teams went into halftime with the game tied, 3-3. Both team's defenses were stingy and Formby made six first half saves, helping to hold the Northwestern offense scoreless for almost over 20 minutes. The three NU goals was the Wildcats fewest scoring output in a half this season.
Northwestern's Casey Donohoe tallied the game's opening goal with Hannah Nielsen getting the assist at 27:43 after the Wildcats won the game's first draw.
Kim Pantages made it 2-0 with a free position goal at 26:53.
Georgetown was awarded the next draw on a NU foul and Kaestner concluded the one-plus minute possession with an unassisted goal at 25:21 to cut the Hoya deficit to 2-1.
The Hoyas ran into a bit of misfortune at the 21:59 mark when a Ford shot hit a pipe with a lefthanded shot.
Bloomer tied the game, 2-2 on a free position attempt with 14:44 left in the opening period. It was Bloomer's second free position goal of the season.
Georgetown took a 3-2 lead when freshman Mary Beth Brophy cashed in on a free position attempt at 13:34. It marked just the second time this season that the Wildcats found themselves trailing in a game.
Hilary Bowen tied the game at 3-3 for Northwestern at the 6:24 mark of the first period with a nifty offensive move from the left side of the cage.
Northwestern held an 8-7 edge in draw controls
Georgetown, in the midst of a three-game road trip, travels about 300 miles south to Louisville, Kentucky for a meeting with the Louisville Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, March 30 at 1 p.m. eastern standard time on the U of L Lacrosse Stadium.