April 8, 2005
Evanston, Ill. - Top-ranked Northwestern scored 10 first half goals and never looked back, handing the Stanford women's lacrosse team a 16-3 defeat in Evanston, Illinois on Friday afternoon. The Cardinal falls to 6-5 on the season, while the Wildcats remain undefeated at 11-0.
Northwestern tallied the first two goals of the game, before senior Kelsey Twist netted an unassisted score to cut the Wildcat lead in half just 7:27 into the contest. Northwestern's Laura Glassanos answered back with her second goal of the game just minutes later and the Northwestern offense took charge, scoring eight straight goals before freshman Megan McClain stemmed the tide with her fifth goal of the season on a free position shot just before the half time break. Northwestern entered the intermission with a commanding 10-2 lead.
The Wildcats picked up where they left off in the second period, as Lindsay Finocchiaro scored less than two minutes into the half to push the Northwestern lead to 11-2. Junior Sarah Bach tallied her team-leading 21st goal of the season less than a minute later, but that would cap the scoring on the afternoon for the Cardinal. The Wildcats closed out the performance by scoring the contest's final five goals to seal the 16-3 victory.
Three Wildcat players registered hat tricks in the win, as Glassanos, Lindsey Munday, and Kate Darmody all produced three-goal games. Munday also assisted on three other Northwestern scores on the afternoon, and Aly Josephs added two goals.
Twist, McClain, and Bach each tallied a goal for the Cardinal, and senior Nina Pantano attempted a team-high two shots. Twist also excelled on defense, causing three turnovers and collecting four ground balls.
The Wildcats out-shot the Cardinal by a 24-6 margin, and freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane registered 10 saves in the cage. Northwestern goalkeeper Ashley Gersuk collected two saves in net for the Wildcats.
Stanford wraps up its Midwest road trip at Notre Dame on Sunday before returning to The Farm for the final two home games of the 2005 campaign next weekend.
STANFORD................ 2 1 - 3
NORTHWESTERN............ 10 6 - 16
STANFORD SCORING: GOALS: Twist; McClain; Bach.
STANFORD SCORING: GOALS: Glassanos 3; Darmody 3; Munday 3; Josephs 2; Elliott Kjellman, Flynn, Finocchiaro, Bush.
ASSISTS: Munday 3; Albrecht; Kjellman; Glassanos.
STAN - 6
NOR - 24
STAN - 18
NOR - 19
STAN - 5
NOR - 16
STAN - 1-1
NOR - 3-6
STAN - 10
NOR - 2