Dowd Nets Seven, as #1 NU Cruises Past Massachusetts

The bright spot for the Minutewomen was the play of freshman goalkeeper Katie Florence, who recorded 15 saves on the afternoon, the most against the Wildcats this season. She bested the 12 she recorded against NU back on March 25, while scooping up three ground balls and causing a Wildcat turnover.

Three impressive streaks remained alive for the 'Cats as Northwestern upped its winning streak to 26 games while clinching it's 53rd consecutive win at Lakeside Field. NU has also now won 17 consecutive NCAA tournament games, as the Wildcats are an amazing 18-1 in the tourney under Amonte Hiller. The 23 goals scored is also a new program-best in the tournament, surpassing the 19 goals scored against Holy Cross in the 2007 opening round.

NU now prepares for eighth-seeded Princeton (14-3) who defeated Georgetown 15-9. The Wildcats and Tigers have become quite familiar with each other, as this is the third time in five years the two teams will meet in the quarterfinals. Northwestern took an 8-6 decision over Princeton in 2005, and won 18-11 last season. Opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

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EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern's Katrina Dowd led all players with seven goals as the #1 ranked and top-seeded Wildcats defeated the UMass women's lacrosse team 23-6 on Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Field. UMass freshman goalie Katie Florence made 15 saves in the loss, while Meghan Reddy notched two goals.

With the win, Northwestern improves to 20-0 on the season, while UMass finishes the season with an 11-8 overall record. The NCAA berth was the first for the Minutewomen since the 1984 season. The Wildcats will face Princeton next Saturday in the NCAA Quarterfinals looking for their fifth consecutive NCAA Title.

For the game, Northwestern outshot UMass by a 44-to-18 margin and held a 23-to-8 advantage in draw controls. The Minutewomen also committed 17 turnovers to just 8 for the Wildcats.

Northwestern took a 16-5 lead into halftime thanks to an eight-goal run over 12 minutes in the middle of the frame. Dowd's third goal of the game at 21:27 started the run with her adding two more in the stretch. Lacey Vigmostad gave the Wildcats a 14-3 lead with 9:16 left in the first half to cap the run.

Nina Sarcona stopped the bleeding with a free position goal and Jesse O'Donnell, a Chicago native, scored her first collegiate goal with 53 seconds remaining in the half to make it 15-5. Dowd, however, scored her sixth goal of the first half with just two seconds left on the clock to make it a 16-5 advantage going into intermission.

In the second half, the Wildcats tacked on four more goals in the first 13 minutes of play before UMass' Stephanie Hopkins scored on a free position. Hopkins' goal was the only one the Minutewomen could muster in the second half as Northwestern closed the game with three more from Kendall (2 goals) and Samantha (1 goal) Santulli.

UMass finishes the season with its most wins since posting 11 in 2003. This was the fourth trip for the women's lacrosse program since winning the first-ever NCAA Championship in 1982.

For the season, UMass' 210 goals were the most ever in school history as were the 266 draw controls. The 276 points ranked second all-time.

UMass will graduate seniors Holly Drown, Meghan Reddy and Jackie Rosenzweig. Drown closes her career with 80 goals, 13 assists, 119 draw controls and 94 groundballs. Reddy had arguably her best career season at UMass as a senior finishing with 66 goals, 23 assists, and a school-record 124 draw controls in 71 career games.

Her 78 draw controls this year is also a single-season record. Rosenzweig will leave UMass as one of the best defenders in program history. In 72 career games, she posted 100 groundballs and 83 caused turnovers. She started all 72 games of her career which is a school record and her 83 caused turnovers ranks third all-time.

Entering 2010, UMass returns nine of 12 starters including leading scorer Jackie Lyons (44g, 27a) and Haley Smith (33g, 5a) who are both rising juniors.

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